Catherine Hill Bay Beach

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Catherine Hill Bay is a State Heritage Listed historic mining village featuring a stunning patrolled beach, named twice as one of ‘Australia’s 101 Best Beaches’. Popular for swimming, surfing and fishing, the beach also features an iconic former coal-loading jetty, evidence of the area’s mining history and a popular photography spot.

Taking its name from the ship which ran aground here in 1867, Catherine Hill Bay is a small village nestled in the hinterland just south of Swansea. A former coal-mining town, its 19th-century miners’ cottages mark the oldest continuous settlement in the City of Lake Macquarie.

The resulting scenery is astoundingly beautiful; Catherine Hill Bay is at once home to a long, beautiful stretch of sand, surrounded by verdant hills and bushland, and dotted with rusted iron machinery and wildflowers. This sleepy town is home to barely 500 permanent residents, yet its natural attractions are worthy of a much busier holiday destination.

You’ll find a number of lookouts and viewing platforms overlooking Catherine HIll Bay Beach, and views from the nearby picnic area at Crangan Bay reach to the tall chimneys of Eraring Power Station, as well as the mountains just beyond.


Barbeque Carpark Picnic Area Public Toilet


Fishing Surfing Swimming

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


Free Entry

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