Visit Caves Beach But Check the Tides First Before You Explore Sea Caves

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For a fun family day out, go for a drive and explore Caves Beach, a network of sea caves located on a beach at Lake Macquarie. We might be biased but we think it’s one of the best caves in New South Wales especially when you can combine it with a swim!

Where is Caves Beach?

Caves Beach is a popular spot near Swansea in Lake Macquarie and not far south from Newcastle, it’s worth a visit with your kids. There are lots to do at Caves Beach including swimming, surfing and sun baking. 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 in the Pacific Ocean. If you feel like a walk, head north up the beach toward Hams Beach.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

How do I get to the caves at Caves Beach?

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 sea caves

When should I visit Caves Beach?

Before you visit, you’ll need to check the tide tables. On the day we visit, we arrive at a certain time 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’ve visited at different times during the year. We’ve even visited on a warm winter’s day and it was still warm enough for an ocean swim.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach sea caves
Caves Beach

Is it easy to explore Caves Beach?

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.

Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie
Caves Beach, Lake Macquarie

Are there tidal pools at Caves Beach?

There are 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!

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.

What else can I see at Caves Beach?

Spoon Rocks Walk
Spoon Rocks

Nearby, you’ll 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. Follow the path to Quarries Head lookout (great for whale watching during the season) or go further to Pinny Beach in Wallarah National Park.

Caves Beach

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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