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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 throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 20°C on Tuesday.Drizzle in the evening.Today's Forecast
14->178% 44% 16 mph
6:16 am 8:34 pmLight rain throughout the day.Sunday, Aug 20th
14->1824% 78% 10 mph
6:17 am 8:32 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Monday, Aug 21st
17->192% 90% 7 mph
6:19 am 8:30 pmPartly cloudy throughout the day.Tuesday, Aug 22nd
17->201% 54% 8 mph
6:21 am 8:28 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Wednesday, Aug 23rd
16->181% 37% 8 mph
6:22 am 8:26 pmMostly cloudy starting in the evening.Thursday, Aug 24th
15->183% 31% 10 mph
6:24 am 8:24 pmLight rain starting in the evening.Friday, Aug 25th
14->1837% 88% 11 mph
6:25 am 8:22 pmLight rain until afternoon.Saturday, Aug 26th
14->1846% 28% 8 mph
6:27 am 8:20 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