Catherine Hill Bay Beach

Catherine Hill Bay is a State Heritage Listed historic mining village featuring a stunning patrolled beach, named twice as one of 'Australia's 101 Best Beaches'. Popular for swimming, surfing and fishing, the beach also features an iconic former coal-loading jetty, evidence of the area's mining history and a popular photography spot.

Taking its name from the ship which ran aground here in 1867, Catherine Hill Bay is a small village nestled in the hinterland just south of Swansea. A former coal-mining town, its 19th-century miners' cottages mark the oldest continuous settlement in the City of Lake Macquarie.

The resulting scenery is astoundingly beautiful; Catherine Hill Bay is at once home to a long, beautiful stretch of sand, surrounded by verdant hills and bushland, and dotted with rusted iron machinery and wildflowers. This sleepy town is home to barely 500 permanent residents, yet its natural attractions are worthy of a much busier holiday destination.

You’ll find a number of lookouts and viewing platforms overlooking Catherine HIll Bay Beach, and views from the nearby picnic area at Crangan Bay reach to the tall chimneys of Eraring Power Station, as well as the mountains just beyond.

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Nearby events

  1. Raffertys Coastal Trail Run

    Saturday 13 July 2019 , Swansea

    A 12 kilometre, 22 kilometre and 36 kilometre trail run hosted from Raffertys Resort, the course takes in the sites of beautiful Lake Macquarie and the stunning coastline of historic Catherine Hill Bay and the Munmorah State Conservation…

    13 Jul
  2. Raffertys Coastal Run

    Saturday 13 July 2019 , Swansea

    If trail running is your passion and you are looking for a family friendly event offering trails with beautiful coastal views and a variety of terrain, you’ve come to the right place. You will find all this plus more at Raffertys Coastal…

    13 Jul