Dudley Beach visitor precinct set to receive $622,000 facelift
The popular Dudley Beach visitor precinct is set to receive a $622,000 facelift as part of a statewide program delivering the largest ever investment in national park visitor infrastructure.
National Parks and Wildlife Service Lower Hunter Area Manager Mitch Carter said the project will deliver a new, accessible surf viewing platform and picnic shelters adjacent to an improved carpark.
"Glenrock State Conservation Area is one of the region's most popular reserves with over one million people visiting every year," said Mr Carter.
"We want people of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the spectacular atmosphere and coastal views at Dudley Beach.
"The new surf viewing platform, picnic shelters and improved carpark will comply with accessibility standards and the southern beach access trail will be also be resurfaced.
The conservation area around Dudley Beach is a thriving coastal ecosystem, home to the last surviving pocket of coastal rainforest in the region which provides habitat for iconic species like the squirrel glider and the powerful owl.
The Dudley Beach upgrades are part of the biggest visitor infrastructure investment in the history of NSW national parks, with the NSW Government investing $257 million to roll out 170 projects across the national parks estate.
Construction at Dudley Beach will commence in mid-May, with completion expected in August 2021, weather and site conditions permitting.
Short term temporary closures of the Dudley Beach carpark to pedestrians and vehicles will be required to ensure visitor safety, however, Dudley Beach will remain accessible for pedestrians via the Bombala St, Goulburn St, Debs Parade and Banksia St walking tracks.