Ocean Baths

Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Baths have a long history as popular swimming spots.  Newcastle Ocean Baths was opened in 1922 and Merewether Baths in 1935.

Merewether baths

Merewether Baths are open all year round (subject to maintenance and cleaning).

 Download Merewether Jan - Jun 2016 cleaning schedule (pdf)

Lifeguard Hours

9 am to 5.30 pm, 19 September 2015 until 25 April 2016


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Newcastle ocean baths

 Download Jan-Jun 2016 Newcastle cleaning schedule (pdf)

Lifeguard Hours

9 am to 5.30 pm, 19 September 2015 to 25 April 2016
8 am to 4.30 pm, 26 April 2014 2015 to 23 September 2016

Pool Open

6 am to 9 pm, during daylight saving
6 am to 4.30 pm, winter months 26 April 2015 to 23 September 2015
6 am to 6 pm, rest of the year

If you have any requests or concerns regarding the cleaning of Newcastle's Beaches and Ocean Baths facilities please contact the City Presentation Services Works Coordinator on 02 4974 6047.


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Water quality

We routinely monitor four ocean baths throughout the year for water quality; these are Merewether Main Pool, Merewether Learners Pool, Canoe Pool and Newcastle Baths.

Event bookings

Newcastle beaches and ocean baths are regularly used for:

  • Major sporting and social events
  • Motion picture filming
  • Swimwear and other fashion shoots
  • Artists
  • Swimming carnivals
  • Wedding parties
  • Family and social functions.

You need to get an event licence from Council to hold any event at Newcastle's Beaches or Ocean Baths (excluding small informal events).

Please contact the Bookings and Events Administrative Officer 02 4974 2807 to obtain an Application Form to Stage an Event.

Winter Swimming Clubs

Winter Swimming Clubs train and compete at both Ocean Baths. The 'Merewether Mackerels' and 'Dixon Park Coldies' swim all year round, even during the cooler winter water temperatures.

For more information on getting involved with either of these clubs, please contact the lifeguard on duty at Merewether Ocean Baths or Newcastle Ocean Baths.