A guide to help you in your search for a place to live, or invest, in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or Maitland
The coastal suburb of Dudley is popular with those who like the beach and the bush.
Part of Lake Macquarie, Dudley is 13 kilometres south of the Newcastle CBD and separated from Charlestown by Whitebridge. The suburb is right on the water’s edge and though there is a beach in the northern part, the rest of the suburb overlooks the water from the tall cliffs.
First settlers moved into Dudley in the 1880s but the town really started to flourish post-World War II. Dudley is largely covered by uninhabited bushland due to sharing its northern tip with the Glenrock State Conservation Area and its southern half with Awabakal Nature Reserve. This leaves the centre of the suburb for residential and commercial properties.
Why rent in Dudley?
The Awabakal Nature Reserve spans approximately 120 hectares of land. The reserve itself was established in 1976 and named after the Awabakal tribe, the original occupants of the land. Nowadays, the walking tracks within the reserve attract adventurous types from all over the area as well as nature-lovers and bird-watchers, while its location at the top of the cliffs makes it great for whale watching.
A driveable track leads to the unpatrolled beach, which has two parking areas providing beach access and great views. While popular with surfers and locals, it is known for its stunning cliffs, strong rips and shark tower.
Dudley Public School is the only school in the area, catering for children from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The housing stock in Dudley is a combination of detached houses and townhouses, with properties ranging from old miners’ cottages to modern homes.