Weather Forecast
15.20°C
Current Temperature
11.00km/h
Wind speed
21.57°C
Water Temperature
1.28m
Swell
0.56m
Tide
3/11
UV
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.
Beach Length: 0.65km
General Hazard Rating: 7/11

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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.

Information

Picnic
Toilets Block M/F
Shelters
Change Rooms
Skate park
Showers
Cafe
Pool
Bike path
Rock pool
Power supply
Kiosk
Mobile Phone Coverage
Public phone
Bus
Train

Regulations

Bicycles Allowed
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
No Firearms

Hazards

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

Weather

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.