Caves Beach is appropriately named as it’s a network of sea caves located on a beach. A popular spot near Swansea in Lake Macquarie, it’s worth a visit with your family. However, you’ll need to check the tide tables first as you can only visit the sea caves during low tide.
From the carpark at the Surf Life Saving Club, you’ll notice that Caves Beach is a beautiful unspoilt beach. Enjoy the coastal views and spot the coal ships moored out at sea.
Head down the path and turn right. You’ll see a track over the rocks that leads to a network of caves.
The caves resemble a moonscape appearance with weathered rocks and unusual formations.
On the day we visit, we’ve timed it so that we have an hour before the tide comes in submerging the caves.
There’s a variety of different sized caves to explore, some of them with narrow openings to crawl through.
You can crawl into the caves and feel the damp cave walls.
Look up and you’ll see moss and water dripping from the cave ceiling.
There’s also tidal pools to explore outside the caves.
Peering through the water, we find all kinds of interesting creatures in the pools such as periwinkle shells, waving sea grass as well as a single crab leg!
There’s also plenty of sand to relax and build sandcastles.
If the tides come in, you can still explore around the area.
Nearby we find a beautiful secluded beach that’s protected from the prevailing winds. No wonder the locals keep this a secret.
This beach is called Spoon Rocks so called because the rocks and beach resemble a spoon. The rocks are the remains of a breakwater which was originally constructed to transport local coal onto waiting ships.
Caves Beach is located on the Swansea peninsula south of Newcastle. If you’re going to explore the sea caves, check the tide times and do so at your own risk.
Patrolled: Yes from September school holidays to April at Caves Beach
Toilets & Showers: Nearest at Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC)
Shade: Bring your own sunshelter.
Parking: Free carparking area in parking lot.
Picnic Area: Yes at SLSC
Kiosk: At SLSC
Disabled Accessibility: No, stairs down to SLSC.
Nearest Playground: Caves Beach Playground located 500 metres away on Caves Beach Road