Seven Reasons to Visit Dungog

Seven Reasons to Visit Dungog

Seven Reasons to Visit Dungog

Dungog’s popularity and property values jump as city dwellers escape to the country! 

We are amazed daily at the number of new faces in our little store, mostly from Sydney or Newcastle, who have recently bought in the area. They are beaming and immediately mention the friendliness of the community. Having had family here since 1836 but making the move back ourselves fifteen years ago we can relate to the excitement they are feeling.

We can testify to the swift increase in property prices and the speed at which they are selling. Its incredible. But all with good reason. This is a truly wonderful place to live or visit.

  1. WARMTH AND CHARACTER - As you enter the extra wide main street you will immediately notice the historic architecture and the way the town is nestled in amongst the surrounding hills. Its special. When we were searching for a shop space we knew we wanted a nostalgic little place with character and warmth. We found it. I think the same description holds true for this town.


  1. FRIENDLY, ACCEPTING, CREATIVE COMMUNITY - You will find a fun, energetic group of volunteers that run the “Growers Stall” each Saturday morning in the CWA Courtyard. Local growers proudly bring their fruit, vegetables, flowers, eggs, honey and plants along early and the stall opens at 8.30am. Fosterton Biodynamic Farm Bakery Bread Van will arrive with a warm array of freshly baked bread and pastries. These volunteers are just one of the many groups of sustainably minded, kind, respectful and enthusiastic people you will find in town. There’s a running group, a walking group, a cycling group, a craft group, even a frisbee throwing group. Oh and did I mention everyone loves dogs and they are welcome in most places.


  1. NATURAL BEAUTY – our family were brought here by the AA Company to grow oranges at Bandon Grove in 1836. They lived on the banks of the Chichester River and I often reflect on the fact that although it has now been dammed and the river does not flow as freely as it did back then it is still one of the most pristine areas I have ever known. Thomas Trotter, my six times removed great grandfather wrote in his diary in 1836 about the water from the Chichester River that “the water is the best in the colony for domestic purposes” Nothing’s changed.

    There are a multitude of beautiful walks, rivers, waterfalls and camping sites to explore within a short distance from town. Dungog is the southern gateway to the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park.



  1. QUAINT SHOPS, CAFES, THEATRE AND ART GALLERIES – You will find Wholefood and Vegetarian Cafes, Fine Dining, Bakeries and Hearty Pub Meals by the fire. The Tin Shed Brewery is a must visit. There are also a variety of beautiful art galleries, flower, craft, homeware, cycling, clothing and children’s traditional toy and clothing stores. The James Theatre is the oldest continuously run theatre in Australia. It hosts regular weekend movie sessions and a number of special events throughout the year including a visit from the Australian Chamber Orchestra in April this year.


  1. RIDE DUNGOG – This is a volunteer-led bike club passionate about community, bikes, adventure and preserving and protecting our natural environment. The Dungog Common Mountain Bike Trails are managed by Ride Dungog and there are over 22km of trails. The trails are graded as easy, intermediate or difficult so there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is so wonderful to see the number of families with bikes on racks, trailers, utes or simply riding around town. There is a link to Ride Dungog on our website.


     Photo Credit @eastcoastmountainbiketrails and @readyaimmedia


  1. EVENTS – without a doubt there will be an event to suit everyone at some point throughout the year. With a rich farming history the Dungog Agricultural Show and Rodeo is always popular in November. Markets, Irish Night, Mountain Bike Festival, Field Days, Bush Poetry, Film Festival, Campdrafting events, Vintage Machinery displays, Dungog Tea Party, Polo Tournaments, Relay for Life, Pedalfest, Vintage Car and Bike Shows, Art Exhibitions, Quiltarama, Garden Rambles, Gymkhanas and a street Christmas Party.


  1. SASSAFRAS – so I had this dream… to create a beautiful little warm, friendly toy store in town. Upon approaching a good friend who makes gorgeous children’s clothing from Australian made organic cotton we decided to do this together. Hence Sassafras and Billie & Grace was born. We have been operating for nearly five months now and it was always our plan to go online after Christmas. If you’re reading this then welcome to our online store. Sustainability, Natural Play and Australian Made are key factors in determining which products to stock. We hope you enjoy the experience of Sassafras along with all the other opportunities for adventure in Dungog.

    Overwhelmingly the most positive summary I can make of this little gem of a town is that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do you will find friendly faces and acceptance in this small country town. Come for a visit and experience for yourself why we love it here. You will be most welcome. 


    Photo Credit @clareoliverphotographer

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