Take your kids for a swim at Blacksmiths Beach. It’s at the southern end of Nine Mile Beach and considered the most family-friendly section of the nine miles. Blacksmiths Breakwater provides a bit of a shelter to this stretch of beach.

Blacksmiths Beach

Home to the Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club, this beach is patrolled from the September/October school holidays through to April.

With it’s wide sandy beach and nearby indoor and outdoor showers, it’s a great spot to swim with kids. The headland in the distance? That’s Redhead Bluff.

Blacksmiths Beach

If the kids get tired of the beach, head to the nearby playground. Stop for photos at the famous Blacksmiths mural.

Don’t want to pack a picnic? Cross the road to the takeaway food shop located across from the beach car park and pick up some food there.

If you have smaller kids, walk around to Granny’s Pool, a tidal pool that’s perfect for under 5s. You can also walk down the beach to Blacksmiths Breakwater and spot the boats entering in and out of Swansea Channel.


Patrolled: Yes from the September/October school holidays through to April.
Toilets & Showers: Yes
Shade: Shaded areas near the Surf Life Saving Club
Parking: Lots of free parking spots near Surf Life Saving Club
Picnic Area: Shaded undercover tables
Kiosk: No. Takeaway shop across the street
Disabled Accessibility: Yes
Nearest Playground: Blacksmiths Playground is located near the Surf Life Saving Club.

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