City meets sea in a carefully crafted Federation Free classical style facade and ocean baths complex known and loved as the Newcastle Ocean Baths. The baths pavilion, designed in 1922 by the prolific local architect F G Castelden, contains shower and change facilities and a kiosk provides light refreshments. The ocean baths are a significant heritage asset that are free and open year round except for baths cleaning days.
The Newcastle Ocean Baths are an icon - standing alone on a wave cut rock platform dominating the city's coastline. The Art Deco - stripped classical bathing paviliion sets an appropriate stage for the pursuit of bathing and swimming; in a city uniquely nestled between harbour and sea. The central tower of the pavilion is a study in the Art Deco movement while the baths themselves have been skilfully formed from a wave cut rock platform. The complex is a significant reminder of the value placed on recreational bathing by our city's residents and visitors.
The Ocean Baths are believed to be the only example of a bathing pavilion in the stripped classical style with flourishes of the Art Deco style.
Adjacent on the southern side is the large Canoe Pool. The Canoe Pool is popular with children for its shallow depth and provides sheltered swimming, in view of the Pacfic Ocean.
For more details about the cleaning schedules, lifeguard hours and event bookings for Newcastle Ocean Baths and also Merewether Baths.