Dungog

On the banks of the Williams River, charming rural Dungog is near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. Enjoy bushwalking and mountain bike trails, and discover intriguing heritage, tasty markets, fun festivals and campdrafting, an exciting rodeo sport invented in Australia.

Free guided tours operated by local volunteers depart from Dungog for the spectacular Barrington Tops, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. The town is close to the challenging Rocky Crossing walk and picturesque picnic areas in the national park’s southern section.

Beautiful waterfall near Rocky Crossing, Barrington Tops National Park, NSW, Australia

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Dungog, which is less than three hours’ drive north from Sydney and 50 minutes from Newcastle Airport. Alternatively, you can take a scenic train trip from Sydney, via Newcastle and Maitland. The quickest rail journey is about 3h 30min.

The main street in Dungog is an urban conservation area, with 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.

For film buffs, wander along Brown Street to the striking Spanish Mission-style façade of the James Theatre, the oldest purpose-built cinema still operating in Australia. The annual Dungog Festival on the October long weekend brings together film and music, food and wine, in a fabulous celebration.

Spanish Mission-style façade of James Theatre in Dungog, Barrington Tops, Australia

The vibrant events calendar is brimming with much more, from markets and shows to cycling and running festivals. Taste fresh produce at the Dungog Local Growers Stall and the Clarence Town Farmers Market in Clarence Town, a short drive south and home to the 1913-built Erringhi Hotel.

At the monthly Dungog Markets browse stalls selling seasonal farm produce and jams, relishes and preserves, as well as handmade arts and crafts. A lovely drive west is enchanting rural Gresford, where the Gresford Community Markets will tempt you with local olives, oils and other delights.

With fertile soils and green pastures, farming and livestock are important. Annual agricultural shows are fun family days, with the Dungog Show in November and the Gresford Show in March. You can watch riders and their magnificent horses separate a steer from a herd in campdrafting events, too.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Bandon Grove Farm Tours

    Thursday 23 May 2019 to Friday 28 June 2019 , Dungog

    You will experience an authentic working dairy, get up close and personal with the cows, meet the farmer and discover there's so much more to a dairy farm than just beautiful animals and scenery. You'll learn about some of the products…

    23 May - 28 Jun
  2. Clarence Town Markets

    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Saturday 30 November 2019 , Dungog

    The markets are located in the grounds of the Bowling Sport and Recreation Club in a beautiful little country town and they love seeing people come to visit. There are an average of 30 stalls per month, with a huge variety of stall holders…

    25 May - 30 Nov
  3. Gresford Team Penning

    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Dungog

    Valley Team Penning was formed after a group of riders found there was a need for a club in the Lower Hunter/Newcastle area. The first event was held at Gresford in 2011 and was a massive success. Since then the club has grown with over…

    25 May - 26 May