As the second-largest city in New South Wales, Newcastle possesses some of the most spectacular beaches in Australia. Just minutes from the city's CBD, Newcastle Beach is one of the most popular, and is a favourite destination for swimmers and surfers throughout the year. It's also a patrolled beach, with lifeguards present from late September until late April.
Newcastle Beach is well-serviced, with a large pavilion containing toilets, showers and a small kiosk. There are also plenty of picnic tables and benches for the convenience of visitors.
Directions: Newcastle Beach is the most easily accessible of all Newcastle's beaches, and there's plenty of public transport that can get you there easily.
If you're catching a train to Newcastle, get off at Hamilton Station and take a shuttle bus to the old railway station. From there, walk directly ahead along Scott Street and turn right into Pacific Street. Follow Pacific Street for two blocks until you reach the intersection with King Street. Turn left and you're at the beach.
If you're catching a bus into the city, get off at the old Newcastle Railway Station, and follow the above directions.
If you're driving, there's usually plenty of parking around the beach - although it can get very busy during summer and school holidays.
Related Discoveries: Newcastle Ocean Baths, Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Nobby's Lighthouse
Newcastle Beach is one of my favourite beaches in Australia - I've been going since I was a child. There's something for everyone - awesome waves for the surf dudes, beautiful soft sand to lie on, rock pools to explore and a great walkway / cycle path if you just want to soak up the vibe without getting wet.