Beaches and Surfing in Newcastle
With world-class waves, Australia’s largest surfing festival, and towering sand dunes, Newcastle and surrounds are perfect for outdoor adventure. You’ll be amazed by the sandy beaches and families will enjoy swimming in protected ocean pools, such as the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths.
Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are available in parks and reserves adjacent to a number of beaches, including Dixon Park Beach and Nobbys Beach. Nobbys and Bar Beach are patrolled all year. For an exhilarating coastal walk, take the Bathers Way trail and enjoy breathtaking views.
Both Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach attract surfers chasing the perfect wave. Merewether is one of Australia’s iconic National Surfing Reserves. The waves helped shape the stellar career of Mark Richards, who won the world surfing championship four times. NSW’s second-biggest city celebrates its beach lifestyle and surfing culture with Surfest, a festival and competition.
Whales migrate in their thousands along the Newcastle coast between May and November. Join Nova Cruises on a whale-watching cruise to spot majestic humpbacks swimming and frolicking in the sparkling Pacific Ocean off the coast of Newcastle, just two hours' drive north of Sydney.
A short drive north of Newcastle is the Worimi Conservation Lands, home to the largest moving coastal dunes system in the Southern Hemisphere. For an exciting adventure, explore the towering dunes and shipwrecks on a tour with Sand Dunes Adventures, Port Stephens 4WD or Quad Bike King.