Dudley Beach (NSW 249) is located on the southern side of Little Redhead Point and trends due southwest for 1.3 km, to the beginning of a high rocky section of coast. The suburb of Dudley is located on the 100 m high clifftop 1 km south of each. Attempts to... Read more
Dudley Beach (NSW 249) is located on the southern side of Little Redhead Point and trends due southwest for 1.3 km, to the beginning of a high rocky section of coast. The suburb of Dudley is located on the 100 m high clifftop 1 km south of each. Attempts to build a road to the beach were made early last century when Dudley was a large coal mining town but with no beach access. In 1930 a surf club known as Dudley-Whitebridge was formed to patrol the beach. However no road came and the club ceased in 1935. A road does now lead to the beach with two parking areas in the centre of the beach, one located for viewing, the other for beach access. The beach faces southeast, receives high waves averaging 1.6 m and has a well developed bar and rips system, usually consisting of 4-5 beach rips and two strong permanent rips against the rocks. Two small creeks cross the beach toward each end.
Not recommended on Burwood owing to the sewer and rips, while on Dudley be careful of the rips.
Surfers do surf Burwood, at Shallows, toward the northern end, and Leggy Point, at Little Redhead Point. Dudley is more accessible and more popular offering consistent beach breaks.
Dudley is a popular spot for beach fishing in the gutters and off the flat rock platforms at either end.
To the south of the Merewether cliffs is an open 3 km wide southeast facing embayment containing two beaches (NSW 248 & 249) separated by the central Little Redhead Point. The beaches and backing valleys which rise to 100 m are located in Glenrock State Conservation Area.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw249