Dungog enjoys an extremely sought after location in the Upper Hunter Valley, only 2.5 hours from Sydney. Nestled between the Pacific and New England Highways, the town of Dungog is the main settlement in the Dungog Planning District.
First settled in the 1820s, the town boasts wide streets and country charm. Geographically situated in the Hunter Valley, Dungog is an easy hour's drive to Newcastle Airport, and the same distance to the coast.
Dungog Shire covers an area of 2248 sq km. Beyond the towns the main roads meander, wooden bridges rattle, herds of cows pass to and from milking, gnarled trees line the way and galahs and rosellas flash their colour in flight.
The town is bordered in the north by the Barrington Tops plateau, which is part of the Great Dividing Range. The hills are at their most striking in the early morning or the evening when the light casts long from the trees and mist hangs in the valleys. It is from these hills that the name Dungog, 'A Place of Thinly Wooded Hills' was derived.
The town itself is a shopping and business centre for a thriving community based on beef cattle, controlled logging of hardwoods, dairying, deer farming and tourism. With a solid infrastructure system in place, coupled with its central location, travelling to and from Dungog is a breeze.
Local events include the Dungog Film Festival, held annually in May, and Pedalfest, an annual event in celebration of the humble bicycle in September.
Dungog is located 244km north of Sydney, 79km north of Newcastle and 55km north of Maitland.