Dungog Travel Guide

  • Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    by globetrott
  • Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    by globetrott
  • Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    Stroud is just about 12km from Dungog
    by globetrott

Dungog Things to Do

  • WALK ALONG HISTORIC DOWLING STREET

    The main street of Dungog is named after Chief Justice James D. Dowling (an early landholder in the district).You will not only find historic home's, but as you walk further along the street, you will come across many old shops and facades, many dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.One historic home I particularly liked, was Coolalie...

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  • LACE WORK

    Lacework is something you will find on the historic building's in this area.The former CBC Bank (1874), which is now the National Australia Bank, is a beautiful two-storey building, with a lovely iron gate.Inside, are cedar doors and fittings. The upstairs balcony with cast-iron lacework on the columns and eaves is what I really love! Another...

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  • local shopping-arcades

    This is something that I saw in many villages and towns in New South Wales: covered arcades in front of the shops that are providing a wonderfull shade in the mostly hot local climate and of course they are also perfect in case of a sudden rain.

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  • Dowlingstreet - the main street through...

    Dedicate some time for simply walking along the mainstreet of Dungog and you will get to feeling to be in one of those places that used to be the scenery for old western-movies.On many of them you can read the year, when it was built and most of them date back to the end of the 19th century.

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  • great shop-facades

    Dungog has a lot of really interesting and quite unique shop-facades and they look like the ones I remember from old movies. And most of these facades had certainly to be imported from Great Britain or other parts of the world, so it was certainly quite expensive to have such a shop.Nowadays a lot of shops are deserted and for sale !

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  • Coolalie - a strange name for a house

    Coolalie means "Southern wind" in the aboriginal language and it is the name of this beautiful building in Victorian style, that was built in 1895 for the local shopkeeper Henry Dark, his wife and eight children. This building is privately owned by the same family since 1954.

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  • an old wooden bridge

    There was a time, when it was forbidden by law to use anything else than local resources in order to build bridges and this is why you will see a lot of wooden bridges in Australia still nowadays. In Dungog you will see a good example of such a wooden bridge and you will also find a parking-space next to it, so you will be able to take a look under...

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  • The school of Arts of 1872

    Would you have expected to find a "school of art" in such a remote australian village ? I really did not, but obviously there was a need of it and so they built this quite impressive building in 1872, first as a wooden building (that burned down some years later) and the house that you see there today dates back to the year 1898.Nowadays this...

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  • a strange collumn at a roundabout

    This is the main roundabout of the village of Dungog and in its centre you will see this quite unique collumn with a windfan showing all directions, 2 street-lamps on top, signposts of streetdirections and there are also some strange inscriptions like in my 3rd photo and as its hard to read it , I write it down here for you, obviously you can read...

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  • My favorite building in Dungog

    This wonderfull building in Victorian style was built in 1876 as a residence and store for John Wade, a rich cornflour-mill proprietor. A stable and a bakery was added in the year 1900 and some years later the lovely victorian fences of the balconies had been removed, but finally in 1987 they were taken back there.

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  • The oldest cinema in Australia

    In the small village of Dungog you will find the oldest cinema of Australia that is still operating and they even have a regular film-festival there, showing mainly australian movies.When I was there in November 2011 it looked a bit deserted and maybe even out of order, as one of the large projectore was standing in the entrancehall.......and there...

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  • DUNGOG PEDALFEST

    Dungog Pedalfest is an annual event HELD every year in September.Pedalfest is a weekend gathering for cyclists to enjoy safe pedalling on scenic country roads, There are rides suitable for children and rides that might stretch the muscles of the fittest and keenest of adults.Different rides are conducted over three days, scenic ones to Chichester...

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  • SUSPENSION BRIDGE @ GRESFORD

    Another very small old village that held a surprise, was Gresford. Here we found an old, rickety one lane suspension bridge for Cars to cross the Paterson River.It was the site of the original ford across the river. A pedestrian bridge was built in 1911, and then the first vehicular bridge was built later.It didn't look the safest, sign said 'one...

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  • DUNGOG - The Old Cinema

    The Dungog Cinema, is now called James Theatre, and is the oldest purpose built cinema still operating in Australia. The Dungog Cinema operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons and nights. It runs full time during the school holidays. Go along and enjoy the history of this old cinema.Expect to see new release films being shown here, not...

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  • DUNGOG

    Settled in the early 1800's, the old, historical town of Dungog ("PLACE OF THINNING WOODS") was established on the prosperity of the local timber industry.It was thought this area was found by stockmen looking for their lost stock. This country town is surrounded by magnificent rolling hills which are mainly used for dairying and beef cattle. The...

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Dungog Transportation

  • Dungog has its own trainstation

    Dungog has its own trainstation and it is also ment for the transport of people - a fact that is unfortunately not always that way in Australia, where many of the big train-tracks are for the transportation of goods only.I saw this train coming in, stopping and people left the train - BUT dont expect trains to be running all day long !It seems to...

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  • getting there by car is the best way

    Driving to Dungog in your own car is certainly the best and most easy way, although the train is a good option as well !You will find a lot of wide car-parking-areas along all the streets through Dungog, this village is also called RV-friendly city, because they provide also some extra-long parking-spaces for cars with campingtrailers and large...

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Dungog Shopping

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    by globetrott Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    When you drive through remote areas of New South Wales you will not always find a good and well-sorted supermarket, but here in Dungog I found one, not far from the roundabout and it also had enough car-parking spaces closeby in the main street.

    What to buy: It is a wellsorted supermarket for food and things of everyday life that you might need, when travelling around Australia in a motorhome or ordinary car.

    What to pay: Be prepared, when travelling to Australia: food, meat and fruits are a lot more expensive than in Europe and other parts of the world !

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Dungog Off The Beaten Path

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    by globetrott Written Jan 23, 2012

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    Once that you came so far off the beaten path in New South Wales as Dungog, do yourself a favour and drive on another 12 km in order to get to Stroud, a historical village founded already in 1824. You will see some great buildings there and the famous Monkerai bridge, the 2nd oldest wooden bridge of its kind in New South Wales.
    In Stroud you will also find a good resting-place, where you can park your camper overnight (my last photo here).

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  • Dungog - a great place off the beaten...

    I came to Dungog accidentally - on my way to Stroud - and I can only recommend this place for a short stop-over of maybe 1-2 hours or as a base to take a hotel and explore more of this great scenery and architcture. I was also quite lucky with the weather and it was one of my last few days that I had in my campar-car.In my main picture: a vintage...

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  • Early days in the valley

    European settlement in all Planning Districts of the Dungog Shire was based on the movement of settlers further from the coast and the availability of land for agriculture. Continuing settlement resulted in the principal Shire towns being established along the Williams and Paterson Rivers in the early 1800's.Terms of land tenure in the early days...

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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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