Situated just down the hill from Fort Scratchley, in historic Newcastle East, Nobby’s Beach has been a firm favourite with beach-loving locals for generations. Its wide expanse of soft golden sand, picturesque old pavilion and incomparable views over Nobby’s Lighthouse, at the far end of the beach, have made it a particularly popular destination for families wanting to spend a fun day out of the city.
Built in the early twentieth century, the historic pavilion is the headquarters for Nobby’s Surf Lifesaving Club, and also houses change rooms, toilets, and a kiosk. Adjacent to it is a smaller open structure with sheltered picnic tables – a great spot for lunch, with some of the best views in Newcastle.
Newcastle is one of the bastions of Australian surf culture, and Nobby’s Surf Lifesaving club holds several awesome classes throughout the year for both adults and children. While most of the adults’ classes focus on various aspects of surf rescue, Nobby’s Nippers (the club’s popular program for kids aged six to thirteen) focuses on the basics of beach safety, working up to board skills.
Nobby’s Beach is adjacent to Newcastle Foreshore Park, which hosts loads of cool events throughout the year, including the Foreshore Fairground during the summer school holidays. It’s also the starting point for the Bather’s Way, a spectacular five kilometre coastal walk, ending at Merewether.
Situated at the far end of Newcastle East, Nobbys Beach is very easy to find. There's plenty of parking close to the beach although during weekends and holiday periods it can get quite crowded. At these times, public transport is strongly recommended.
To catch the train, get off at Hamilton and catch the shuttle bus to the old Newcastle Station. From there, walk straight up Scott Street (where the station is situated) for two blocks, and turn left into Parnell Street. Follow this until it turns into Nobbys Road, and this will take you to the beach. This walk will take you about ten minutes, at the most.
Most Newcastle buses also terminate at the old railway station, so follow the above directions as well if you're coming to the city by bus.
This beach is a great destination at any time of the year. It's great for swimming in the warmer months, but is also a wonderful spot for beachcombing, walking and picnicking, even when the weather is cooler. You can easily spend a whole day at Newcastle East as there's so much to see and do!