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Place Category: Beaches
Newquay’s Great Western beach is a popular family beach, comprising of several west facing sandy coves, backed by towering cliffs, sheltering it and providing early morning natural shade.
The beach is popular with both families and surfers and despite its close proximity to Newquay town centre, is quieter than some of the other Newquay beaches. It is also possible to walk to neighbouring beaches at low tide.
There is good disabled access and a private lift which descends through the cliffs from the Great Western Hotel.
The beach caters for all levels of surfing ability but is particular good for beginners as it is slightly more sheltered than other Newquay surfing beaches.
Toilets, cafes, showers, deck chair and windbreak rental, surfboard hire, surf schools and seasonal lifeguard cover (May – end of September). Parking is in Newquay Town centre some 5-10min walk away.
Great Western Beach allows dogs.
Great Western Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain tomorrow through Thursday, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Wednesday.Clear throughout the day.Today's Forecast
13->210% 6% 13 mph
5:21 am 9:15 pmLight rain overnight.Friday, May 26th
15->2129% 12% 13 mph
5:20 am 9:16 pmLight rain in the morning.Saturday, May 27th
14->1756% 77% 6 mph
5:19 am 9:18 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Sunday, May 28th
13->1751% 77% 5 mph
5:18 am 9:19 pmLight rain in the afternoon and evening.Monday, May 29th
13->1751% 74% 8 mph
5:17 am 9:20 pmDrizzle in the morning.Tuesday, May 30th
11->1752% 51% 11 mph
5:17 am 9:21 pmClear throughout the day.Wednesday, May 31st
9->172% 1% 5 mph
5:16 am 9:22 pmDrizzle in the morning.Thursday, Jun 1st
11->1724% 14% 9 mph
5:15 am 9:23 pm
Great Western Beach Tide Times
Great Western Beach Water quality
Samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
- Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
- Good: generally good water quality
- Sufficient: meets minimum standards
- Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
Photos from around the surrounding area