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Merewether Ocean Baths

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Merewether Ocean Baths

Bring your family to swim laps and enjoy the sun in these two pools filled with saltwater delivered by ocean waves.

Merewether Ocean Baths is a complex with a couple of large swimming pools made up of saltwater from the Pacific Ocean. It is in a stunning region of mossy cliffs at the southern end of Merewether Beach. Relax in the water and watch the waves crashing into the rocks along the shoreline.

Sunbathe beside the pool to work on your tan. Sit on one of the benches and allow the ocean waves to creep up and lap your feet. Work on your fitness by swimming laps in the giant pool. Let your kids play in the children’s pool, which has a large shallow area.

Stay into the afternoon and capture photos of the changing hues of the sky over the ocean. The water is usually a little warmer later in the day, dependent upon the external temperature.

Bring snacks and drinks for a picnic on one of the designated tables and relax in the sheltered areas. Be sure to slather on sun cream throughout the day and wear a hat to shield your face from the sun.

The site has changing rooms with a hot shower as well as several cold showers. Enjoy a small meal and refreshments at the café, with an excellent view of the cliffs and the ocean pools. Embark on a stroll along the adjacent Merewether Beach and beachcomb for marine treasures, such as shells.

Note that lifeguards patrol the ocean baths daily in summer. Ocean pools have been part of an important tradition on the Australian coastline since the early 19th century. The Merewether Ocean Baths were constructed in 1935.

Use the pools, which are open 24 hours a day, for free. They are only closed for cleaning. Find the maintenance schedule online.

The Merewether Ocean Baths is in the southeastern part of Newcastle, just south of Newcastle East. Ride a bus to one of the many stops crowding the southern end of Merewether Beach. Visit nearby sights, such as Murdering Gully, Glenrock Lagoon and Dixon Park.

Top 10 Hotels Near Merewether Ocean Baths

Merewether Motel
Merewether Motel
4.5 out of 5
231 Glebe Road, Merewether, NSW
The price is RM403 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Merewether, this golf motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Dixon Park Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Newcastle Beach. Glenrock State Conervation and Merewether ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (481 reviews)
"Best service! Although a Motel, room was so clean and nice. Great bathroom with the best shower head. The bed was comfy and it was bright and airy. 5 Stars for this Motel stay"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2021

Merewether Motel
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM428 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel! Great staff stunning views!"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021

Rydges Newcastle
Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
4.5 out of 5
1 Rowan Crescent (cnr Janet Street), Merewether, NSW
Located in Merewether, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dixon Park Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Newcastle Showground.
4.8/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)
"everything was great ... although we could hear the people above walking around"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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The Burwood Inn
The Burwood Inn
4 out of 5
77 Berner Street, Merewether, NSW
The price is RM272 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
The Burwood Inn
Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM428 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Rydges Newcastle
Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
4.5 out of 5
1 Rowan Crescent (cnr Janet Street), Merewether, NSW
Brezza Bella Bed & Breakfast
Merewether Motel
Merewether Motel
4.5 out of 5
231 Glebe Road, Merewether, NSW
The price is RM403 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Merewether Motel
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
The price is RM445 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
NOAH'S On The Beach
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM362 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Crystalbrook Kingsley
Crystalbrook Kingsley
4.5 out of 5
282 King St, Newcastle, NSW
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Astra Apartments Merewether
Astra Apartments Merewether
4 out of 5
25-29 Llewellyn Street, Merewether, NSW
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Sandcastle, 26a Winsor Street
Sandcastle, 26a Winsor Street
4 out of 5
26A Winsor Street, Merewether, NSW
Sandcastle, 26a Winsor Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.