Newcastle Ocean Baths, Newcastle

4.6
#3 of 11 in Outdoors in Newcastle
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. A visit to Newcastle Ocean Baths represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newcastle family vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    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 »
  • July 2, 2017
    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 »
  • April 28, 2017
    Just popping through on way to Sydney. Beautiful historic baths. Kept clean and the bottom is sandy. Quite shallow so good for the oldies too who walk in it for exercise.  more »
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  • Great Place for Swimming All Year Round These facilities make us proud to live in Newcastle ! The Council do a great job patrolling it However a small favor... Can the Council turn on the 2 fluorescent lights close tot he pool for the regular swimmers who work 9 to 5?Say from 5.30 - 9 pm Now Daylight saving is over there is no light on the pool and there are regular swimmers who continue to use the facilities ( despite the weather) but fear thieving and not seeing their gear when in the water. These can be turned off when the Council Employee closes the car park at 9pm. Could this be considered as we still love to swim but swimming in the dark could prove hazardous Appreciate the consideration Keen Year Round Swimmer
  • Beautiful area and free to use. Good amount of parking but can still get quite busy. Good area for small kids to swim/play as well.
  • Safest way to enjoy the sea for non-strong swimmers. Also a good way to still get some ocean goodness when the waves are a little rough for swimmers or there are dangers out on the beach! A great place for the whole family!
  • Very picturesque and old school. These types of baths are fairly cool and old school Aussie. Read the information about when and how they were built for extra historical points.
  • Love the baths. Kiosk was out of food at 2pm on Sunday 😕

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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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