Newcastle Ocean Baths, Newcastle

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No visit to Newcastle is complete without taking a dip in historic Newcastle Ocean Baths, which opened in 1922. These baths are the city’s most recognizable landmarks, featuring a distinctive pavilion built in the Art Deco style. Lifeguard services are provided year round, every day of the week, making this a favorite location for inexperienced swimmers and families with small children. A separate area is designated for lap swimmers, and visitors can also access a nearby canoe pool, which is unpatrolled. The baths have been a popular meeting place for nearly a century, and many locals remember them fondly as the place where they first learned to swim. Stop by for a refreshing plunge on a hot day. Plan your Newcastle Ocean Baths visit and explore what else you can see and do in Newcastle using our Newcastle trip itinerary builder .
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  • Another great opportunity to cool down on a very hot day in the heart of Newcastle. Well laid out, clean, and plenty of room, this salt water baths is a must do. No change rooms near by so you need to...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place to swim thoroughly enjoyed it bit chilly to start with but your body got used to and was great it is amazing to swim with the waves smashing against the baths  more »
  • It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon well spent, very sunny but cold and windy. Though the train ride from Sydney central to Newcastle was bit long but it's worth it. Somehow managed to jump in the oce...  more »
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  • Newcastle Ocean Baths, a lovely place to have a swim and relax. Table and chairs under shade are at the baths themselves and there are other's overlooking Newcastle beach. There is a cafe providing coffee and meals. I haven't eaten there lately, but a friends breakfast looked delicious. Amenities are rustic, dated but adequate. A real estate agent would say full of old world charm, or a renovators dream. Enjoy the swim, sunshine and fresh air. And all that is free.
  • Day one. Late afternoon swim with the kids in the little seperate bathes. Probably only neck to head deep but was really nice and warm. Then over to the big pool to swim with everyone that turned up. About thirty Family members or more. It was so lovely and fun. The lights go on at night so you can see. There are toilets also and after swimming can take a hot shower before going home. Day 2 wednesday. Bathes empty. No water. But the kids swam in little bathes. While i wondered around the rock pools. I found crabs, hermit crabs and starfish. Still wonderful day out. I cant wait to go back.
  • Beautiful baths and wonderful views. They have a lap pool as well. The cafe on site does the usual beachside food. Little pricey but those places always are.
  • Beautiful place to go for a swim. There is a lap pool and also another section for recreational swimming. Plenty of seating in the area and shower facilities. There is also another section that is children friendly with shallow waters and sand in a confined area.
  • Would go there every evening last summer. One time there was poop floating in the baths, haven't been there ever since and prefer going to Mereweather instead.

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Newcastle offers an extensive choice of accommodations, with the greatest choice available around the Hamilton East and Cooks Hill areas. Here you can find boutique hotels, hostels, and apartment rentals. Try a beachside residence for a great view of the harbor and quick access to the sand and sea. Farther out of town you will find RV parks and motels along the main roads. Newcastle's solid local train and bus service will take you between the sights and your accommodations in the city.
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