STOCKTON's beachfront cafe will close immediate and more than a dozen cabins will shift away from the suburb's fading shoreline, City of Newcastle announced on Friday.
The council revealed the extra precautions around the area's ongoing erosion woes as the region braces for dangerous surf that is expected to further pummel the Hunter's coast.
The council said it would move 16 beachfront cabins to Crown Land on the eastern side of the Stockton pool, south of the skate park. It follows work to move three cabins away from the approaching edge of the beach earlier this week.
Lexie's on the Beach cafe in Mitchell Street will also close immediately, a decision City of Newcastle said in a statement was "difficult".
Infrastructure and property director Ken Liddell said the steps were necessary to protect public assets as Cyclone Uesi heads south, likely bringing heavy swells like those that ate away at the beach on Sunday and Monday.
"While we welcome the state government declaring a natural disaster for Stockton this week, we are taking immediate action to protect important public assets," Mr Liddell said.
"The cabins, previously protected by about 10 metres of dune vegetation, are now at imminent risk from the swells.
"So we've taken the decision to move them to community land next to the swimming pool, where they will be safely tucked away behind King Street carpark and the Stockton breakwater."
The cabins may re-open on the new site, the council said, but that would require consultation and planning approval.
"Once we've secured the remainder of the holiday park and this weekend's threat has passed, we will look at the planning requirements for the site and lodge a development application as soon as possible to begin leasing them out again," Mr Liddell said.
Lexie's, which runs in a council-owned building, has shut "until it is again safe for the public to enter".
"The impact of the recent wild weather which the state government has now recognised as a natural disaster, combined with forecast huge swells this weekend, mean we can no longer guarantee public safety at Lexie's café," Mr Liddell said.
"Given this, we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to immediately close and barricade the building. We understand that Lexie's has become a much-loved part of the Stockton community and this decision was only made after examining computer modelling of the likely impact of the forecast huge swells this weekend.
"We are losing sand at a record rate, and with the impact of tropical Cyclone Uesi likely to be felt at Stockton as soon as this weekend, we had to close the building held by Lexie's café."