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Bar Beach
NewcastleNew South Wales
Bar Beach viewing South toward Merewether.jpg
North end of Bar Beach viewing south over the natural rock pool, toward Merewether
Bar Beach is located in New South Wales
Bar Beach
Bar Beach
Location in New South Wales
Population 1,256 (2016 census)
 • Density 4,155/km2 (10,760/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2300
Elevation 35 m (115 ft)
Area 0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location 1.6 km (1 mi) SSW of Newcastle
LGA(s) City of Newcastle
Region Hunter
County Northumberland
Parish Newcastle
State electorate(s) Newcastle
Federal Division(s) Newcastle
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
21.8 °C
71 °F
14.2 °C
58 °F
1,133.7 mm
44.6 in
Suburbs around Bar Beach:
Cooks Hill Cooks Hill The Hill
Cooks Hill, The Junction Bar Beach The Hill, Tasman Sea
Merewether Tasman Sea Tasman Sea

Bar Beach is an inner city suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 1.6 km (1.0 mi) southwest of Newcastle's central business district. The suburb is named for the beach that extends along its eastern border.

The beach is home to the Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club.


The Australian Agricultural Company held extensive Crown land grants in the Newcastle area that have since been developed into the modern day suburbs of Bar Beach, Cooks Hill, Hamilton and Broadmeadow as well as parts of the Newcastle Central Business District and The Hill. The Company released lots for residential development in Bar Beach in 1924.

A natural rock pool at the beach was named "The Bar" and Bar Beach took its name from that feature.


The northern part of the beach is commonly known as Susan Gilmore Beach, named after the American clipper Susan Gilmore that was wrecked there in the early hours of 4 July 1884. Nearby the City of Newcastle (on 12 September 1878) and USS WST-1 (on 27 July 1945) were also wrecked.


The suburb has a number of local landmarks which have been heritage listed including the Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club and Memorial, Reid Park Tennis Clubhouse and Tennis Courts and the Empire Park Bowling Club Fence. A number of residential units in the Art Deco style have also attracted heritage listing.


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