Unlike most beaches in Newcastle which face Southeast, Stockton Beach faces east-northeast which means it gets protection from any of the strong southerly breezes which cause big swells. So if you’re bringing the kids down to get a taste of their first wave riding action, Stockton Beach is a must. There’s even a place close to the break wall locals refer to as the “kiddies corner” where the waves are even more friendly. But don’t underestimate this break, on the right day it can still provide some decent swell to keep the experienced surfers happy.
Where: Stockton Beach Newcastle NSW
Crowne Plaza Newcastle
Situated a stone’s throw from the Queens Wharf ferry, Crowne Plaza Newcastle is the perfect place to stay if you’re wanting to surf Stockton Beach and experience Newcastle while you’re at it. Spoil yourself silly with a day at the beach, come back to wash the salt off in the 25-metre outdoor pool and then head to your luxurious room with first class views of the harbour. Just because you’re on a surfing holiday doesn’t mean you have to slum it, make Crowne Plaza your destination of choice.
Where: Cnr Merewether St & Wharf Rd Newcastle NSW
Nobbys Beach is known as one of Newcastle’s most reliable beaches when it comes to surfing. It is relatively open to most wind directions but is blocked from the big southerlies, providing a variety of different breaks for surfers of all levels – but don’t hesitate there’s never any of the huge stuff. Come to Nobbys beach for picturesque views of the lighthouse and headland, along with good sized friendly waves.
Where: Nobbys Beach Newcastle NSW
Terraces for Tourists
Whether you want to walk to the Cowrie Hole break for a warm-up surf or just head straight for Nobbys Beach, Terraces for Tourists will provide you with fully equipped, self-contained rooms for your trip. Be sure to request the Adeline and Beatrice house, as its location and rustic vibes make it a surfer’s oasis just seconds from the beach. This recently renovated masterpiece is perfect for the whole family to come and enjoy some time in Newcastle.
Where: 9 Telford Street Newcastle East NSW
Located south of Newcastle CBD, Merewether Beach or what locals refer to as “The Stretch” is home to some of the best swell in the area. Host to the annual Surfest Competition, you’ll find many experienced surfers enjoying the delicious left-handed breaks and – depending on the swell – big barrels which this part of Newcastle is renowned for. If you’re a fan of a big wave, pick a time when there’s a southeast swell and join the other Newcastle locals for a day of greenroom action.
Where: Merewether Beach NSW
Merewether Beach House B&B
What better place to stay than a beach house when you’re going on a surfing holiday? After the terrible weather last week, you’re probably itching to tackle some epic waves, so check-in at Merewether Beach House Bed and Breakfast today. Situated just 150 metres from Merewether Beach, ocean baths and beachside cafes, spend the day doing what you love and then walk back to your affordable, yet immaculate accommodation. These self-contained cottage style stays provide a peaceful atmosphere for you to relax both before and after you head to “The Stretch”. Enjoy a Newcastle surfing holiday without the hustle and bustle of city life at the Merewether Beach House Bed and Breakfast.
Where: 3 Curry Street Merewether NSW
What is your favourite Newcastle break to catch a few waves?