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Newcastle Ocean Baths are ageing and need substantial upgrades to the pavilions, pools, and promenades to continue to provide benefit to the community.
City of Newcastle has committed to retaining the aesthetic of the Inter-war striped classical / art deco façade of the baths as well as the iconic bleacher seating, while also improving public amenity through provision of more shade, disability access, seating, and new public changerooms with hot water showers.
The revitalisation of Newcastle Ocean Baths will be completed in two stages:
Upgrades to the pools, promenades and pump system will be prioritised to improve safety and accessibility for all users. The final design for stage one incorporates the art-deco inspired circular stairs, bleachers and retains the boardwalk.
Watch a short animation to see key features of the stage one upgrade and an overview of how the new pump system will work.
We've also summarised the key considerations for the design of the pool promenade and sand floor.
The next stage of the Newcastle Ocean Baths revitalisation will focus on the pavilion buildings. We will work with the Newcastle Ocean Baths Community Reference Group to develop concept designs for future pavilion upgrades, which will be available for further community feedback.
View our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to learn more about the Newcastle Ocean Baths revitalisation.
Find out more about the cleaning schedule for the Ocean Baths.
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City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.