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.