Ocean Baths

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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.

The baths are open all year round, subject to maintenance and cleaning.

Merewether Baths

Cleaning Schedule

Lifeguard Hours

9am to 5.30pm - 23 September 2017 to 29 April 2018


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Newcastle Ocean Baths

Newcastle Ocean Baths will be closed for maintenance and annual sand removal from 1 August until 21 August 2018.

During this time the facilities and lower pool decks are also closed to ensure the safety of both our employees and the general public. Alternate facilities are provided at Merewether Baths which will be patrolled for the duration of the closure between 8am and 4:30pm.

Cleaning Schedule

 Download Newcastle Baths cleaning schedule July to December 2018 (pdf)

Lifeguard Hours

8am to 4.30pm - 26 April 2017 to 22 September 2017
9am to 5.30pm - 23 September 2017 to 29 April 2018
8am to 4.30pm - 30 April 2018 to 28 September 2018

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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.

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 Customer Service on 02 4974 2000 to enquire about your booking.

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.