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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 (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle) AU$179
Rydges Newcastle (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle)

Rydges Newcastle (formerly Crowne Plaza Newcastle)

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

    Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Nobbys Head Beach, and Newcastle Beach. Merewether Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. Civic Station is only a 4-minute walk and Newcastle Interchange Station is 20 minutes.

    Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach AU$169
    Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach

    Quality Hotel 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 center and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

      Newcastle Beach Hotel AU$91
      Newcastle Beach Hotel

      Newcastle Beach Hotel

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

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

        Novotel Newcastle Beach AU$174
        Novotel Newcastle Beach

        Novotel Newcastle Beach

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

          Located in Newcastle, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach. Merewether Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Civic Station is 17 minutes by foot.

          Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle AU$155
          Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle

          Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle

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

            Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            The Lucky Hotel AU$122
            The Lucky Hotel

            The Lucky Hotel

            237 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Newcastle, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Newcastle Beach, and Nobbys Head Beach. Merewether Beach is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Civic Station is 6 minutes by foot and Newcastle Interchange Station is 24 minutes.

              Newcastle Terraces & Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments
              Newcastle Terraces & Apartments - Flagstaff Apartments

              Newcastle Terraces & 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 5-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km). Civic Station is 25 minutes by foot.

                Crown on Darby AU$163
                Crown on Darby

                Crown on Darby

                101 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, NSW
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Cooks Hill, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Park, Newcastle Beach, and Merewether Beach. Nobbys Head Beach is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Civic Station is 10 minutes by foot and Newcastle Interchange Station is 23 minutes.