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 and not far south from Newcastle, it’s worth a visit with your family. There’s lots to do at Caves Beach including swimming, surfing and sunbaking. However, if you wish to explore the caves, you’ll need to check the tide tables first as you can only visit the sea caves during low tide.

From the car park 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.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

Head down the path and turn right towards the southern end of the beach. 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.

Caves Beach

On the day we visit, we’ve timed it so that we have an hour before the tide comes in submerging the caves.

Caves Beach is suited for a visit most of the year. We visit on a warm winter’s day and it’s still warm enough for an ocean swim.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

There’s a variety of different sized caves to explore, some of them with narrow openings to crawl through.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

You can crawl into the caves and feel the damp cave walls.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

Look up and you’ll see moss and water dripping from the cave ceiling.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

There’s also tidal pools to explore outside the caves.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

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!

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

There’s also plenty of sand to relax and build sandcastles.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

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.

It’s a beautiful part of the East Coast of Australia. If you would like to stay nearby, check out the nearby Lake Macquarie Holiday Parks listed in the Newy with Kids 50+ camping and holiday parks to stay within a 3 hour drive of Newcastle article. Even if you’re a local, Caves Beach is a great spot for a staycation.


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

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