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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.