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Nobbys Head Beach

Overlooked by a 19th-century lighthouse atop a rocky headland, this beach and its long breakwater wall are perfect for sunset strolls and romantic moments.

Nobbys Head Beach is a popular recreation spot for the residents of Newcastle who come here to sun themselves on the long golden sands and to fish. Discover Australian maritime history at the old lighthouse and signal master’s cottage and stick around to watch the sun set over Newcastle Harbour.

This beach was once an island called Coal Island. In 1846, a pier was built connecting it to the mainland. Come here today and walk along the breakwater that later replaced the pier. Over the years, sand has built up along the wall creating a picturesque strip with the historic lighthouse watching over it from its elevated position on the rocks.

While you can swim at Nobbys Beach, the submerged rocks and rips can make it dangerous so make sure lifeguards are on patrol. Out in the water, stay inside the flags that mark the safe swimming area. Those keen on fishing can do so at the rocky southern end of the beach. When the wind picks up and swells form, surfers and kitesurfers flock to the beach.

Venture up to the whitewashed lighthouse and signal master’s cottage area on top of the rocky promontory. This area is open only on Sundays and closes before sunset. From the top of the headland, admire vistas that extend over Newcastle Harbour, the Hunter River and the Tasman Sea.

Nobbys Lighthouse was built in the late 1850s to warn incoming ships of danger. Wander around the headland and investigate the three cottages surrounding it. These were built to house the lighthouse keeper, his assistants and their families. The signal master’s cottage occasionally hosts exhibitions so check if there is anything happening there during your visit.

Nobbys Beach, with its picturesque lighthouse atop the rocky outcrop, is a stunning place for sunset photography. The beach is less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Newcastle Interchange bus station. Lifeguards patrol the beach daily year-round.


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Rydges Newcastle AU$175
Rydges Newcastle

Rydges Newcastle

Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle Local Court are also within 5 minutes. Civic Station is only a 4-minute walk and Newcastle Interchange Station is 20 minutes.

    NOAH'S On The Beach AU$159
    NOAH'S On The Beach

    NOAH'S On The Beach

    Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Newcastle Civic Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Novotel Newcastle Beach AU$169
      Novotel Newcastle Beach

      Novotel Newcastle Beach

      5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. King Edward Park and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 17 minutes by foot.

        Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle) AU$149
        Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)

        Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)

        111 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Newcastle, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Fort Scratchley. Nobbys Head Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Alloggio Newcastle Beach AU$75
          Alloggio Newcastle Beach

          Alloggio Newcastle Beach

          21 Parnell Place, Newcastle East, NSW
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps away from Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Ocean Baths. Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 22 minutes by foot.

            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments
            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments

            Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments

            Unit 82, Flagstaff Apartments, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East, NSW
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Foreshore Footpath are also within 5 minutes. Civic Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East
              Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East

              Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East

              6 Stevenson Pl, Newcastle East, NSW
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Newcastle East holiday home is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Newcastle Ocean Baths are also within 10 minutes. Civic Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Holiday Inn Express Newcastle AU$115
                Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

                Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

                514 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Newcastle Civic Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Newcastle Beach. Newcastle City Hall and Newcastle Civic Theater are also within 1 mile (2 km). Civic Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hamilton Station is 21 minutes.