Newcastle Ocean Baths was opened in 1922 and Merewether Baths in 1935.
Merewether Baths are open all year round (subject to maintenance and cleaning).
The Baths are patrolled from 9am to 5pm from 22 September 2012 to 28 April 2013.
Note: Hunter Water are currently working in and around the promenade area. Please follow directional signage around the work site. The Baths will remain open while the works are underway.
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Newcastle Ocean Baths
9am to 5.30pm, 20 August 2012 to 5 May 2013
8am to 4.30pm, 6 May 2013 to 18 August 2013
6am to 9pm, during daylight saving
6am to 4.30pm, winter months 6 May 2013 to 18 August 2013
6am to 6pm, 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, Works Coordinator on 02 4974 6000.
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Council aims to provide clean and tidy beach and ocean baths amenities, safe for all users.
Water tests are conducted at both of the Baths on a weekly basis by Council's Laboratory Technician. The Baths have a record of high water quality levels, find out more.
Newcastle beaches and ocean baths are regularly used for
- major sporting and social events
- motion picture filming
- swimwear and other fashion shoots
- 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 Aquatic Services Coordinator on 02 4974 5000 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.
Council's lifeguard operations have been proudly supported by the following sponsors.