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Nobbys Head Beach
Holiday Travel Guide

Overlooked by a 19th-century lighthouse atop a rocky headland, this beach and its long breakwater wall are perfect for sunset strolls and romantic moments.

Nobbys Head Beach is a popular recreation spot for the residents of Newcastle who come here to sun themselves on the long golden sands and to fish. Discover Australian maritime history at the old lighthouse and signal master’s cottage and stick around to watch the sun set over Newcastle Harbour.

This beach was once an island called Coal Island. In 1846, a pier was built connecting it to the mainland. Come here today and walk along the breakwater that later replaced the pier. Over the years, sand has built up along the wall creating a picturesque strip with the historic lighthouse watching over it from its elevated position on the rocks.

While you can swim at Nobbys Beach, the submerged rocks and rips can make it dangerous so make sure lifeguards are on patrol. Out in the water, stay inside the flags that mark the safe swimming area. Those keen on fishing can do so at the rocky southern end of the beach. When the wind picks up and swells form, surfers and kitesurfers flock to the beach.

Venture up to the whitewashed lighthouse and signal master’s cottage area on top of the rocky promontory. This area is open only on Sundays and closes before sunset. From the top of the headland, admire vistas that extend over Newcastle Harbour, the Hunter River and the Tasman Sea.

Nobbys Lighthouse was built in the late 1850s to warn incoming ships of danger. Wander around the headland and investigate the three cottages surrounding it. These were built to house the lighthouse keeper, his assistants and their families. The signal master’s cottage occasionally hosts exhibitions so check if there is anything happening there during your visit.

Nobbys Beach, with its picturesque lighthouse atop the rocky outcrop, is a stunning place for sunset photography. The beach is less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Newcastle Interchange bus station. Lifeguards patrol the beach daily year-round.

Top 10 Hotels Near Nobbys Head Beach

Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM659 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (940 reviews)

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Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
The price is RM597 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)

"Room was nice and clean. A lot noise in the morning tho"…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2020

NOAH'S On The Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM369 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec

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 ...

3.3/5 (622 reviews)

"Overall stay was ok. Staff are very friendly on the phone. The bed mattress is a bit old style. The room I booked was queen bed, it was made of 2 mattress putting together, didn’t feel that comfort."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2020

Alloggio Newcastle Beach
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Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
The price is RM659 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
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NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
The price is RM597 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
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Alloggio Newcastle Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
3 out of 5
The price is RM369 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec
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Novotel Newcastle Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
4.5 out of 5
5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM574 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
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Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
4 out of 5
111 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM505 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Unit 82, Flagstaff Apartments, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East, NSW
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
Honeysuckle Executive Apartments
4 out of 5
Corner of Wright Lane and, Settlement Lane, Newcastle, NSW
The price is RM439 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
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Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
3.5 out of 5
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
3.5 out of 5
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
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.