Picturesque Dungog has a heritage dating back to the early 1800s when it was the Hunter’s centre of logging; the town’s wide main street alive with bullock drays hauling timber to the local mills. The town’s location in the fertile Williams Valley also promoted successful dairying and cattle fattening industries.
With the timber and dairying industries gone, the town has reinvented itself through tourism and Dungog’s location at the foothills of the World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park sees it a popular tourist mecca. Dungog’s central location makes it an ideal day-trip destination from the Hunter’s regional centres, while those coming from further afield have a wealth of quality lodges, B&B and hotel/motel accommodation to choose from.
A thriving shopping strip boasts a rich variety of feature shops and services, galleries, restaurants and cafes, while the James Theatre, the oldest continually operating cinema in Australia offers an excellent night’s entertainment with current release movies and hosts the annual Dungog Film Festival.
Dungog’s extensive services and brilliant location, central to the Hunter’s regional commercial and equestrian centres and only an hour from the mid-north coast’s beaches makes it an excellent ‘tree change’ destination, with many of the town’s and surrounding district’s old homes popular with renovators.