Newcastle - Beach in Newcastle East Newcastle NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Newcastle NSW

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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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

Information

About

Newcastle East, NSW 2300

Length:
0.65km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw243

Nearby beaches

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
    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

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.

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