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Newcastle Ocean Baths

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Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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This is a fantastic place to swim thoroughly enjoyed it bit chilly to start with but your body got... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Memorable Experience with stunning views

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon well spent, very sunny but cold and windy. Though the train... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Sydney, Australia
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“salt water” (10 reviews)
“art deco” (6 reviews)
“paddling pool” (3 reviews)
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Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to swim thoroughly enjoyed it bit chilly to start with but your body got used to and was great it is amazing to swim with the waves smashing against the baths

Thank ohmygif
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon well spent, very sunny but cold and windy. Though the train ride from Sydney central to Newcastle was bit long but it's worth it. Somehow managed to jump in the ocean bath pool but couldn't stay long enough due...More

Thank maneeshchugh
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Just popping through on way to Sydney. Beautiful historic baths. Kept clean and the bottom is sandy. Quite shallow so good for the oldies too who walk in it for exercise.

Thank tonang11
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Something for everyone. From a Tide pool for a curious kid, to an enclosed beach for small kids, a saltwater ocean pool, change rooms and showers and beautiful views including a local dolphin pod. Loved this place, could have spent a couple days here!

Thank Len P
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The ocean baths are a highlight of Newcastle in my opinion. I am a little bias though as I'm a lap swimmer. So wonderful to do my laps in salt water with few others around and fish to watch as I swim.

Thank Zbrowelli
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Even though the baths are over a hundred old they are well maintained. Emptied and cleaned once a week keeps them clean. Also at high tide the seawater splashes over the wall so it always sea water you are swimming in. There are three pools....More

1  Thank WellTravelledAussie2
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Made the 40 degree heatwave just dissolve away.The water is freshened by the ocean. The bottom is sandy and you can stand in it. Lovely heritage look and view is amazing.

Thank Aussie046
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Relaxing and refreshing way to spend an hour on a very hot day. Good parking nearby and free to the public, this is a well maintained ocean bath, large enough to accommodate a large number of people.

Thank Mal B
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

If you like a pool or a beach this place has everything. My 9 and 11 year olds enjoyed the pool as it was big and deep enough to jump into, while my 6 year old enjoyed the beach. I could see all three of...More

Thank Shelley J
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Free baths with a coffee shop on site. Large pool with separate lap pool, paddling pool and patrolled beach nearby making it easy to accommodate different ages. Ladies toilets were limited in number and one was completely disgusting with no indication of when it would...More

Thank Margaret J
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