Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Baths have a long history as popular swimming spots. Newcastle Ocean Baths was opened in 1922 and Merewether Baths in 1935. The baths are open all year round, subject to maintenance and cleaning.
The following are excerpts from Havewheelchairwilltravel.net: With ramp access to a shallow pool and another pool with a depth of 1.8 metres, there‚ an option to suit everyone. It's fantastic to see a pool chair and a water wheels chair available for use in the pool. Just use the railings for entry via the ramps as there are some slippery areas. We know there's such a variety in people's abilities and needs, so I get really excited to see councils providing more than one option of chair. The pool chair is good for someone who needs access into the water and can then get out and swim. The floating chair is a more supportive aid which allows a person to remain in the chair while in the water. The floating pool chair can be reclined and provides more support with a harness and foot strap attached. Aside from the great access at the Merewether Ocean Baths, the area has a lovely atmosphere with the option of swimming at the beach, rock pools to explore and the Instagram-worthy old diving blocks. The pool chairs are available during lifeguard hours (9-5.30 in summer) every day of the week in the summer season. Accessible parking spaces are available in Henderson Parade.There are four spaces close to the baths and a few further back in the street. A unisex stand-alone accessible bathroom has ramp access. It has a shower bench, but the shower head was missing when we visited. Access to the lifeguard tower to borrow the pool chairs is via a ramp which is on the southern side of the toilet and change facilities.
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