Blacksmiths Beach

Blacksmiths Beach

Blacksmiths Beach is a patrolled beach at Lake Macquarie…

It lies at the southern end of Nine Mile Beach, just north of the Swansea Channel.

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The beach is uncrowded and family-friendly because it has a reputation for safe swimming – a breakwall shelters the beach from the big swell. 

What sets this place apart is it’s one of the few beaches where you’re allowed to drive with a 4WD…

Imagine… cruising on nearly 6 km of soft sand and dunes!

Blacksmiths Beach – or Blackies as the locals call it – is fun, and actually a great spot for a holiday…

There’s plenty of accommodation nearby, including 4-star Blacksmith Holiday Park.

And the beach is a 5-minute drive to Swansea and Lake Macquarie, where you can enjoy lake activities such as kayaking and boating, and a wider variety of cafes and restaurants. 

And if you like walking, there are several walking tracks in Belmont Wetlands State Park.

Also, it's close to Pelican Airport for skydiving, joy flights and helicopter flights.

Blacksmiths breakwall

There are other beautiful beaches nearby worth visiting. My favourites are Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay.

So, enjoy driving on the sand, fishing, walking, surfing, swimming…

Looking at the northern side of the beach.

The beach is patrolled from the September school holidays to April. Swim between the flags to stay safe, because there are rips.

If you feel like a little walk while you’re at the beach, head to the breakwall at the southern end – it’s a popular fishing spot as well... 

Blacksmiths Breakwall - a great fishing spot

Walk on it – you’ll get a wide view of Swansea Channel on one side... 

Swansea Channel

...and Nine Mile Beach on the other…

Looking at the beach from Blacksmiths breakwall.

Even though the long stretch of sand is named Nine Mile Beach, it measures in reality 7 miles / 11 km.

At the northern end of Nine Mile Beach is Redhead Beach, another popular patrolled beach.

The patrolled swimming section of Blackies Beach is easily accessible through a pathway from the car park beside Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club.

The path leading to the beach

There are toilets and showers, picnic tables, and a playground across the car park...

Playground behind Swansea - Belmont Surf Life Saving Club

With toddlers, head to the “Grannies Pool” between the Swansea Channel Breakwall and the beach. It’s a shallow pool sheltered from the swell. 

Grand-mothers used to take their grand-children there apparently, hence the name “Grannies Pool”.

If you’d like to grab something to eat near the beach, head to Blackies At The Beach, the takeaway food shop just across the road from the car park.  

Swansea Belmont SLSC beautiful mural

4WD on the beach

Here’s your chance to drive on a beach with a 4WD.

Driving on Nine Mile Beach.

You need a permit to drive on the beach (since 2015) and your 4WD must be registered.

You can get a permit online and find more information here.

You’re allowed to drive on the beach between north of Awabakal Street and south of Jewel Street. Access is from Awabakal St, Blacksmiths, or Kallaroo Rd near Jewells crossing, Belmont North.

4WD driving indications for Nine Mile Beach

Remember that the sand is soft so reduce your tyre pressure to at least 15psi to avoid getting bogged. And take recovery equipment with you such as snatch-strap, shackle, shovel, MaxTrax, a tyre deflator and a compressor.

You can also camp on the beach, make a fire, take your dog and fishing gear.

Just remember there are no toilets, water or garbage bins… it’s a primitive beach after all.


Blacksmiths Beachside Holiday Park is a top-rated holiday park near the beach. Enjoy great facilities, like a new playground, newly renovated swimming pool, and a tennis court.

Check out photos and read reviews at TripAdvisor 

Blacksmiths Beach - Getting There

Ungala Road, Blacksmiths, NSW

A free car park is located at the Surf Life Saving Club.

Located 2 hrs north of Sydney and 30 min south of Newcastle.

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