Dudley - Beach in Whitebridge Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Dudley NSW

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.

Swimming

Not recommended on Burwood owing to the sewer and rips, while on Dudley be careful of the rips.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

Dudley is a popular spot for beach fishing in the gutters and off the flat rock platforms at either end.

General

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.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Whitebridge, NSW 2290

Length:
1.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw249

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

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.

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