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“Great Beach”
Review of Dudley Beach

Dudley Beach
Ranked #22 of 89 things to do in Newcastle
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a great Beach to go to. It is beautiful and away from the crowds. Has a car-park. It is not patrolled by lifeguards.

Thank Deborah H
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Dudley Beach is set with Glenrock State Park and although maintenance of services is undertaken by National Parks & Wildlife Service, there are no entry fees. Access at night is barred by locked gate.

Vehicular access is via a narrow, steep sealed road that ends in a carpark with a delightful view overlooking the beach and the headlands that bound it at each end. A public bus service runs past the top entrance but there's no public transport down through the bush to the beach itself. Formalised pedestrian paths lead down to the beach, which is unpatrolled, ie. no lifeguards. Generally, the beach is moderately safe for swimming, although rips are common and near high tide there is usually an abrupt drop into deep water at the water's edge. Children should certainly be supervised.

Surfboard riding is permitted everywhere but most board riders favour the northern section. Quite often the combination of prevailing swell, tide and bottom topography mitigates against good beach surfing. The water is invariably clean.

Dudley has a wonderful natural ambience with bushland behind it and at both ends. A few houses on the southern headland are not that intrusive. Topless and nude bathing is not officially condoned but you can expect to encounter it towards both ends of the beach. Dudley is supposed to be dog free, but you can also expect to encounter them on most visits, often off-leash and an unwanted intrusion.

Non-swimmers should find the rock platforms with pools at the southern end of great interest when the seas are calm and tides not too high.

We've been going there for years and rate it one of the best beach destinations in the state. On Summer weekends you'll always find a good spot if you arrive before 9am, but the crowds build after that. Even then, it's nowhere near as crowded as the more metroplitan beaches in Newcastle itself.

2  Thank 2ozgypsies
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Go to this beach regularly as it's close to home. Unspolit, uncrowded and beautiful. Long sandy beach with rocky platforms on its southern side. A couple of pools which are good for swimming in [not at high tide!!]. Unpatrolled but not overly dangerous if you respect the ocean. A fantastic beach.

1  Thank Dario52
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

this beach was once the infamous nudist beach of the erea,this re only has all changed, with the upgrade of car park and walkways to the beach,with some great surfing and fishing [ this is not a patroled beach ] with no surf club and no life gaurds on duty,but the remoteness and views make up for this even when you are only 20 minutes from the city of newcastle,with some fine cafes only 10 minutes up the road at whitebridge,dont forget to duck down to redhead beach and watch the whales swim by from the top of the blufff

2  Thank darrell l
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

we love to go for a drive and go to Dudley its a great beach to walk along in winter as not as many people .

Thank janie2298
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