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Safety rating for swimmers
Condition rating for surfers
  • 1 = FLAT: Unsurfable or flat conditions. No surf.
  • 2 = VERY POOR: Due to lack of surf, very poor wave shape for surfing, bad surf due to other conditions like wind, tides, or very stormy surf.
  • 3 = POOR: Poor surf with some (30%) FAIR waves to ride.
  • 4 = POOR to FAIR: Generally poor surf many (50%) FAIR waves to ride.
  • 5 = FAIR: Very average surf with most (70%) waves rideable.
  • 6 = FAIR to GOOD: Fair surf with some (30%) GOOD waves.
  • 7 = GOOD: Generally fair surf with many (50%) GOOD waves.
  • 8 = VERY GOOD: Generally good surf with most (70%) GOOD waves.
  • 9 = GOOD to EPIC: Very good surf with many (50%) EPIC waves.
  • 10 = EPIC: Incredible surf with most (70%) waves being EPIC to ride and generally some of the best surf all year.
Uncrowded | Moderately busy | Crowded


You will find that there are public amenities, shade shelters, parking, access for people with a disability, picnic areas, BBQ's and kiosks all along the stretch of Newcastle's pristine beaches.
Nobbys Beach and Newcastle Ocean Baths offer on-site lockers for beach users in order to keep personal belongings safe. It is recommended that you bring a combination lock with you in order to secure your locker and not require a key.

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Beach safety tips

  • Always swim and surf at places patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers
  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags. No flags = no swim
  • Never swim alone
  • Before entering the water, check the conditions
  • If unsure, ask a lifeguard for help
  • Look for the safety signs, they will tell you what to look out for
  • If you get in trouble in the water, stay calm, try to float, put your hand up and yell for help