Get back to nature in Dungog
Dungog is a country town with character, backed by magnificent rolling hills, national parks and state forests. Situated in the heart of timber and dairy country, Dungog is a town rich in natural assets and beauty.
Early explorers were drawn to the area as early as 1801 by the promising expanse of mountain ranges and freshwater streams and the clean air and magnificent rural vistas still entice visitors to this Barrington Tops township in the Hunter Valley.
The main street in Dungog is an urban conservation area. The local Dungong Historical Museum, housed in the former School of Arts Building, sheds some fascinating light on the town’s history, including stories on the local manufacturing, dairy and timber industry as well as displaying domestic items as well as displaying domestic and household items as well as a photographic collection.
Notable historic buildings include the primary school built in 1843 by well-known colonial architect Edmund Blacket. The Dungog James Theatre, a fantastic old Cinema with a Spanish Mission facade, is the oldest still-operating purpose-built cinema in Australia. The venue has been pivotal in the town’s history and social life, not only for its film screenings, but for balls, meetings and dances. The community has worked hard to maintain the theatre.
The surrounding area, including the Barrington Tops National Park provides fantastic terrain for nature lovers. The vast, undulating basalt-capped plateau rises sharply from the surrounding valleys to a height of almost 1,600 metres, adorned with gushing streams, waterfalls, forests and soaring cliffs. Chichester Dam is a great place to picnic with the kids, and Chichester State Forest offers beautiful riverside camping spots.
Allyn River Forest Park, also in this area, is a great place for a picnic whilst the famous Ladies Well swimming hole is within a short distance of camping areas. Dogs are permitted on leads, as is bushwalking, swimming, trail-bike and four-wheel driving.
Dungog offers a range of quality bistros and restaurants, including Rattler’s Restaurant, the Eaglereach Bistro and The Flying Duck Café. If you're looking for accommodation, there are plenty of options including bushland retreats, cabins, camping grounds and hotels.
Country road through Barrington Tops. Image Hamilton Lund
Family walking through Barrington Tops National Park. Image Hamilton Lund
Barrington Tops countryside. Image Hamilton Lund