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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 (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle)

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    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Nobbys Head Beach, and Newcastle Beach. Merewether Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. Civic Station is only a 4-minute walk and Newcastle Interchange Station is 20 minutes.

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    Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach

    Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

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      Newcastle Beach Hotel

      Newcastle Beach Hotel

      21 Parnell Place, Newcastle East, NSW
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Novotel Newcastle Beach

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

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          Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle

          Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle

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

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            The Lucky Hotel

            The Lucky Hotel

            237 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Crown on Darby $104
              Crown on Darby

              Crown on Darby

              101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Newcastle Beach YHA $59
                Newcastle Beach YHA

                Newcastle Beach YHA

                30 Pacific St, Newcastle, NSW
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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