Charming rural delights
A great base for exploring World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, the beautiful town of Dungog is less than three hours’ drive from Sydney. Enjoy delightful cafes, vibrant produce markets and fun rural shows, and visit Australia’s oldest operating movie theatre.
On the banks of the Williams River, Dungog is a charming rural town near the spectacular World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in and around Dungog, which is less than three hours’ drive north of Sydney and accessible by train.
The main street is an urban conservation area, with a number of fascinating buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Visit Dungog Museum in the heritage-listed former School of Arts, erected in 1898, for insights into the town’s history and heritage, including the dairy and timber industries.
Taste fresh local produce grown in the verdant countryside at the Dungog Markets, held on the first Saturday of the month from February through December. Check out the events calendar for more rural delights including Dungog Festival and the Dungog Show, a family-orientated agricultural show.
For film buffs, amble along Brown Street to the James Theatre, with its striking Spanish Mission-style façade, and the oldest purpose-built cinema still operating in Australia. You’ll also find a delicious range of places to eat in Dungog, such as The Flying Duck Café.
Free guided tours operated by NSW National Parks depart Dungog for the spectacular Barrington Tops, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The town is nearest the southern section, where you’ll find the Rocky Crossing walk and picturesque picnic areas.