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CAVES BEACH: THE GUIDE
REGION: Newcastle & Hunter.
ACCESSIBILITY: Private car & public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: In the warmer weather & low tide.
LOCATION: 30km or 0:40 from Newcastle* | 133km or 1:50 From Sydney CBD* Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 2-5 minutes from the parking lot or street.
TIME REQUIRED: 1 hour – All day.
TOURIST RATING: Popular spot for local families | 6/10
*Times are approximate and depend on traffic
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CAVES BEACH: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.
Newcastle is a seaside city with a huge selection of coastal recreation areas including beaches, bays, rivers and lakes. And at about 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney it makes for the perfect weekend escape… Especially when the weather in the western Sydney was forecasted for 44 degrees. So escape we did… straight to the salty shores of Caves Beach.
Caves Beach is a small neighbourhood in the Lake Macquarie area (just south of Newy), surrounded by new development areas. It attracts families with young kids – which isn’t usually our style – but it’s a unique shoreline that we had to experience properly.
We arrived around 10am on a Saturday morning and it was much, much, busier than our first visit. There were ‘iron-man’ like relays being held just left of the main entrance with the swimming area set up to the right.
We laid our things out front and center between the flags then went to explore the namesake of the beach, the cayyyveessss. Note: These caves are safest explored during low tide especially for the little ones.
We entered via the largest cave following a large crevice out to the beach on the other side. The light that crept in highlighted the texture of the walls as well as all the footprints in the sand. Once out, I watched 2 young kids burrow their way through the smallest of openings whilst their mother took photos of the event. Anxxiieettyy and a half!!!
There are a number of smaller enclosed caves dotted along the shore heading south, most of which were occupied with the belongings of fellow seagoers when we visited.
The day was warming up and Zade was keen to get in so we exchanged the camera for the boogey board and paddled out. There were plenty of kids in the water splashing around in what I would describe as relatively calm waters with small washy waves. Perfect for my darling who is only just getting use to eastern beaches.
After a quick soak we then went up top toward the lookout to see over the whole beach. When I arrived I was in such awe of the gorgeous colour of the water! I felt so grateful to be just standing there… in that moment…. taking it all in.
Caves Beach is great for families. It has new, clean facilities and a cafe/ bar that operates from the Surf Life Rescue Club. Def’s recommend a quick stop for the childless and an all day relax for the mums, dads and rest of the clan.
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