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Newport Rockpool – An Iconic Sydney Northern Beaches Ocean Pool!

Sitting at the southern end of Newport Beach is the picturesque 50 metre Olympic-sized Newport Rockpool.

Newport Beach Rock Pool is a lovely simple ocean pool in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. With the natural rock platform at the bottom of the pool, it has a really nice rugged feel about it.

There’s nothing fancy about Newport Rockpool like you’d expect from the likes of Bondi Icebergs, Bronte Baths, or some of the other rock pools in Sydney, and that’s what gives it its charm. 

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The views from Newport rockpool are stunning looking out onto the picturesque headland and beach, with the waves thrashing dramatically all around the pool.

It’s also a great place for a swim, with the water waist high so not too deep, but still great to swim laps. 

Newport Beach has great surf, with famous breaks which draw the surfers in. It’s also an incredible place to watch the sunrise if you’re an early riser!

Newport Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and is the ideal laid-back beach to spend a summer’s day.

Go for a swim in the rock pool, explore the rock platform, get some shade under the trees on the large grassy reserve when you need a break from the sun, or use the electric BBQs to have a picnic!

Or if you fancy a beach walk, Newport Beach is the place. The beach is twice as long as neighbouring Bilgola Beach and Bungan Beach at 1.3km, so it’s the perfect place for a barefoot walk along the sand.

If you’re keen to go fishing, it’s best on the northern end of Newport Beach. And if you’re here between May and October keep an eye out for the migrating humpback whales swimming past in the distance!

There’s also a small playground located by Newport Surf Club to keep the kids entertained. You’ll find toilets, showers and changing rooms close to the rock pool.

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Places To Eat Near Newport Rockpool

Additionally, you’ll find many cafes and restaurants close to the beach nearby on Pittwater Road. ShotLab Espresso and Zubi Bar in particular do great coffee so are popular spots after a morning surf!

If you’re after an epic place for lunch or dinner with an incredible view and atmosphere, head to The Newport Arms a short drive away on the other side of the peninsula.

The Newport has a fantastic outdoor area with spectacular views over Pittwater. Plus it serves delicious food and drinks, and is dog friendly!

History of Newport Rockpool

Newport Rockpool opened in 1926, and the most significant news story in recent years was when a dead 12 metre, 30-tonne young adult humpback whale got washed into the rockpool in 2012 during rough seas. 

When Is Newport Rockpool Cleaned?

Newport Rockpool is usually cleaned every Thursday during the summer, and every other Thursday during the winter. Check the cleaning schedule before you visit as it occasionally may alter.

If it’s high tide or rough seas, do be careful and obey any signs about pool closure as it can become a little dangerous to swim in!

To get to Newport Rock Pool:

Newport Rock Pool can be accessed by walking along the beach from Newport Beach carpark. There is Pay and display metered parking beside the beach from 6 am until 9 pm. 

Alternatively, Newport Rockpool can be accessed from the walkway at the corner of Calvert Parade and The Boulevard. 

If coming on public transport from Sydney CBD, take the 190X bus from Wynyard to Newport. Walk 5 minutes (950 metres) to the rockpool. 

If coming from Manly get on the 199 bus to Newport at Stand B and walk 1km from the bus stop to the rock pool.

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