Splash into summer in Newcastle

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Cheap ways to soak up some fun in the sun

The sun is shining and the mercury’s rising! Celebrate summer in Newcastle by getting out and about and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Here’s some top cheap, easy and safe ways to soak up the sunshine, without emptying your wallet.

Hit the beach this summer in Newcastle

There’s no better – or cheaper! – way to celebrate the gorgeous summer sunshine than with a trip to the beach.

  • During the swim season, all of Newcastle’s 6 beaches are patrolled, stretching from Stockton Beach in the north to Mereweather Beach in the south.
  • All of these beaches have parking, toilets and showers, picnic areas with shelters, and access for people with a disability.
  • Check this handy schedule to check the times your local beach has lifeguards on patrol.

Safety first!

At the beach, conditions can change very quickly. What may seem like calm and safe conditions can quickly turn.

  • Remember these rules to stay safe at the beach this summer:
    • Don’t swim alone
    • If there are no flags up, don’t go in the water
    • Only swim at patrolled beaches
    • Swim between the red and yellow flags
    • Follow the advice of lifeguards and lifesavers
    • If you get into trouble, stay calm and raise your arm
  • Check out this handy guide to beach safety for some top tips to stay safe this summer in Newcastle.

Dogs don’t have to miss out!

Your pooch doesn’t have to miss out on the summer fun at the beach.

Pop into the pool

Want peace of mind while you and the family take a dip?

Got a pool at home?

Keep your family and friends safe – remember to keep watch!

  • Tragically, 83 drownings occurred in private swimming pools in NSW between 2002 and 2015.
  • Keep watch! Almost 60% of these drownings occurred because no-one was supervising use of the pool.
  • Make sure you, your family and your pool are ready for a safe and sunny summer in Newcastle.
  • Check out this handy information on home pool safety from the Royal Life Saving Society.

Inflatable fun!

Over the coming summer holidays, keep an eye out for some pool inflatable fun at Beresfield Swimming Centre!

  • Pool inflatable sessions will be held in throughout summer between 12:30pm and 2:30pm on these dates:
    • December 2016: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31
    • January 2017: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
    • February 2017: 4, 5, 11, 12

Fill up the Esky

The summer sun means you (and the kids!) will quickly work up a thirst and be looking for a snack.

  • Don’t let your day out cost the earth and have to hit the local shops for expensive refreshments.
  • Keep an Esky on hand at home, and when packing for your day out throw in some cold drinks, fruit and snacks that you’ve pre-purchased at the supermarket.
  • This will save you a small fortune and prevent a blow to your budget taking the shine off your day.

Stay sun safe

The last thing you want is for your fun in the sun to be ruined by a dose of nasty sunburn.

  • Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap!
  • Slip on a shirt, slap on some 50+ sunscreen, and slap on a hat.

So go on, what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy a beautiful summer in Newcastle!