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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 ¥13,697
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 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 Apartments City Centre Newcastle ¥9,814
    Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle

    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 15-minute walk of Fort Scratchley and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 15 minutes by foot.

      Quality Hotel NOAH'S On The Beach ¥11,632
      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 10-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Beach and Merewether Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Civic Station is 20 minutes by foot.

        Novotel Newcastle Beach ¥12,321
        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.

          Travelodge Hotel Newcastle ¥6,143
          Travelodge Hotel Newcastle

          Travelodge Hotel Newcastle

          Corner Of King And Steel Streets, Newcastle West, NSW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Newcastle West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater, Christ Church Cathedral, and King Edward Park. Merewether Ocean Baths and Blackbutt Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km). Newcastle Interchange Station is 9 minutes by foot and Civic Station is 12 minutes.

            Alloggio Newcastle Beach ¥5,219
            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 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.

              Holiday Inn Express Newcastle ¥9,454
              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 within 2 mi (3 km) of Newcastle Civic Park, Merewether Beach, and Newcastle Beach. Nobbys Head Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Newcastle Interchange Station is only a 4-minute walk and Civic Station is 16 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.