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Newcastle Ocean Baths

Snap photos of the art deco pavilion and two large pools that make up one of the city’s most iconic structures.

Newcastle Ocean Baths comprises three pools of ocean water along the Pacific Coast. The narrow stretch is for laps, while sun seekers can relax in the large rectangular swimming pool and youngsters can wade in the Canoe Pool. Enjoy the spectacular views of the coast and the impressive ocean baths pavilion.

Walk and exercise in these calm pools of saltwater. Relax by the side of the water to work on your tan. Take a dip to cool down on hot, sunny days. Notice how the waves break into the pool at high tide. The site includes changing rooms and other facilities. 

Lay down a blanket on the grassy rise of the Ocean Baths Lookout Point, across the road from the pools. Wander along Shortland Esplanade and notice the excellent views of the ocean. 

Admire the art deco pavilion building of the ocean baths, which is cream with touches of turquoise. It lights up at night, generating an electrifying ambiance against the dark ocean. It is often used as an open-air studio for amateur photographers. 

Bring your toddlers to the large, circular Canoe Pool beside the main structure. It is usually unsupervised, but very shallow. Clamber over the rocks to the adjacent Newcastle Beach and relax on the sandy shore. 

Note that the site is free to use and remains open at all times aside from a weekly clean at low tide. Lifeguards watch over the pools year-round from morning until late afternoon. They stay a little later in the day in summer, which is from the end of September to the end of April. 

Newcastle Ocean Baths is on the southern part of the peninsula of Newcastle East on the city’s eastern flank. Take a bus to one of the stops approaching the coast. You can also drive and leave your car in a designated space in front of the pavilion. Visit nearby attractions, such as Fort Scratchley, Nobbys Beach and Foreshore Park.


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Rydges Newcastle RM544
Rydges Newcastle

Rydges Newcastle

     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Local Court are also within 5 minutes. Civic Station is only a 4-minute walk and Newcastle Interchange Station is 20 minutes.

    NOAH'S On The Beach RM569
    NOAH'S On The Beach

    NOAH'S On The Beach

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Newcastle Civic Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Novotel Newcastle Beach RM572
      Novotel Newcastle Beach

      Novotel Newcastle Beach

      5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Civic Theater and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Alloggio Newcastle Beach RM241
        Alloggio Newcastle Beach

        Alloggio Newcastle Beach

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Newcastle East, this hotel is steps away from Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Ocean Baths. Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 22 minutes by foot.

          Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle) RM529
          Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)

          Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)

          111 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Newcastle, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Fort Scratchley. Nobbys Head Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces

            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces

               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Newcastle East, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Ocean Baths and Nobbys Head Beach are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 22 minutes by foot.

              Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
              Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred

              Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Newcastle East, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Beach. Newcastle Ocean Baths and Nobbys Head Beach are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Sandbar Newcastle Beach
                Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Sandbar Newcastle Beach

                Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Sandbar Newcastle Beach

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Newcastle East, this beach holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach. Merewether Beach and Westfield Kotara are also within 9 mi (15 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.