Newcastle - Beach in Newcastle East Newcastle NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Newcastle

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Newcastle Beach is located at the base of downtown Newcastle. The back of the beach is highly modified with a seawall, road and parking along the beach, a large rock and a wading pool on the northern rocks, and the Newcastle SLSC in the centre. The beach is also one... Read more

Newcastle Beach is located at the base of downtown Newcastle. The back of the beach is highly modified with a seawall, road and parking along the beach, a large rock and a wading pool on the northern rocks, and the Newcastle SLSC in the centre. The beach is also one of the more hazardous on the coast being the site of several early drownings which resulted in the formation of Newcastle SLSC in 1908. Today an average of 92 people are rescued each year, the highest for any beach outside of Sydney. The beach is 650 m long and faces the southeast, exposing it to waves averaging 1.6 m. Its limited size, headlands and rocky outcrops particularly to the south, usually produce three permanent rips, cutting the northern and southern bars (Fig. 4.140). Surf swimming received an early set back in Newcastle when in 1866 a beachfront resident successfully summonsed two swimmers for swimming in daylight hours. They were subsequently found guilty and fined 10 shillings each.

Swimming

A potentially hazardous beach owing to the high waves, rocks and permanent rips. Stay inshore, on the bar and between the flags.

Surfing

The beach picks up any swell, but is best in a northeast with lefts off the north rocks, and rights into the rips. A popular spot and the site of many surf contests. As early as 1913 surf club members applied for permission to used surfboards on Newcastle beach, permission denied by the Council.

Fishing

The waves and rocks produce permanent gutters on the beach, with the rocks off the baths also popular, but dangerous.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Newcastle SLSC

Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Uneven ground
Uneven ground
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks
Rocks
Rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Pool
Rock pool
Kiosk
Public phone
Picnic
Shelters
Skate park
Cafe
Bike path
Power supply
Mobile Phone Coverage
Train
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
No Firearms
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.


Newcastle East, NSW 2300
Length: 0.65km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw243