Dungog is a country town surrounded by magnificent rolling hills, national parks and state forests.
Dungog has a population of more than 2,000, the median age of residents is 37 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
Dungog is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Dungog is a country town on the Williams River in the Hunter Region of New South Wales and is located 76kms north, north west of Newcastle and 215kms north of Sydney.
Dungog sits in the middle of dairy and timber country and is rich in natural assets and beauty and it is a base for an exploration of the fine countryside to the north, where you will find Chichester Dam, state forests and Barrington Tops National Park.
The closest airport is in Newcastle, which is a 55 minute drive from Dungog. Regional Express Airport (Rex) and Fly Pelican offer daily flights to Sydney with Qantaslink and Virgin Australia offer daily flights to Brisbane and Melbourne.
Dungog’s railway station is served by the North Coast railway line and there are approximately six local and six long-distance services to Dungog each day. All services are run by NSW TrainLink.
The major sources of employment in Dungog are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
Dungog Community Hospital is a 15-bed rural community hospital providing emergency, medical, postsurgical and post-natal care inpatient services as well as slow stream rehabilitation and enablement. It offers onsite diagnostic services such as radiology and pathology, and access to onsite allied health outreach services and community health clinics (maternal and child health, women’s health, podiatry and chiropractor), Aboriginal and Multicultural Liaison Health Officers.
Outreach services currently provided by Lower Hunter Community Health include, community nursing, continence clinics, foot care clinics, hospital in the home (Paterson), immunisation, audiometry, women’s health, social work, dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology, early childhood services, centralised intake services.
Dungog is supported by NSW ambulance service.
For young families Dungog offers options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and preschool.
Dungog has Super IGA as well as some boutique retail stores.
Maitland which is 45 minute drive from Dungog offers more extensive shopping opportunities and features Maitland Hunter Mall and Pender Place Shopping precinct featuring most of the well-known national chains including, Best and Less, Kmart, Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets and Harvey Norman. Maitland also boasts a wide variety of unique retail outlets where you will find men’s, women’s and children’s stylish clothing, jewellers, homeware and gift stores, health, beauty and fitness, pharmacies and cafes, eateries and restaurants.
There are a number of places of worship located in Dungog including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches. The nearest mosque is just over an hour away in the western outskirts of Newcastle.
Dungog Pony Club
Dungog and District Netball Association
Dungog and District Golf Club
Dungog Junior Rugby League Club
Dungog Soccer Club
Dungog and District Cricket Association
Dungog and District Netball Association
Dungog Performing Arts and Cultural
Dungog Masked Ball (June)
Cresford Campdraft and Rodeo, Dungog (August)
Wirragulla Polo Tournament, Dungog (September)
Dungog Pedalfest (September)
Dungog Octoberfest (September)
Dungog Festival (October)
Dungog Agricultural and Country Show (November)
The main street in Dungog is an urban conservation area. The local Dungong Historical Museum, housed in the former School of Arts Building, sheds some fascinating light on the town’s history. The surrounding area, including the Barrington Tops National Park provides fantastic terrain for nature lovers.
Dungog offers a range of quality bistros and restaurants, including Rattler’s Restaurant, the Eagle Reach Bistro and The Flying Duck Café.
Popular Dungog events are the Dungog Film Festival hosted at the James Theatre, the Dungog Agricultural Show, Pedal Fest, the Dungog Rodeo, and the Thunderbolt Rally. Each of these events showcase local produce and talent and bring tourists to the region.