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Dungog

Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

Dungog is a beautiful country town with views of rolling hills and the nearby Williams River.

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Location

Dungog is 220 km (2 hr 40 min drive) north of Sydney. It is 52 km (45 min drive) to Maitland and 76 km (70 min drive) to Newcastle.

Dungog is a service centre for the surrounding areas, that are known for cattle-raising, dairying and timber production.

How to get there

The closest airport to Dungog is Newcastle Airport, which is a 62 km from Dungog.  It is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, QantasLink, FlyPelican and Regional Express, providing flights to destinations including Canberra, Ballina/Byron Bay, Dubbo, Taree, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, and Auckland (NZ).

Dungog Railway Station is served by the North Coast railway line, which has daily return trips to Sydney and to Brisbane.  All services are run by NSW TrainLink.

Population

Dungog is home to more than 2,100 people, the median age of residents is 49 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 7% of the population.

The town is in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of population health for the primary health network area.

Healthcare facilities

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 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, immunisation, audiometry, women’s health, social work, dietetics, occupational therapy, speech pathology and early childhood services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Dungog.

Accredited GP practices

  • Primary Care Clinic, Emergency Dept Dungog Hospital
  • The Medical Practice – Dungog

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Dungog are: supermarket and grocery stores, secondary education, local government administration, primary education and aged care residential services.
  • Education

Dungog has two primary schools and one high school: Dungog Public SchoolSt Joseph’s Primary Dungog and Dungog High School.
  • Childcare

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.
  • Shopping

Dungog has a Super IGA supermarket, cafes, and boutique retail stores. Maitland, a 45 min drive from Dungog, has Best and Less, Kmart, Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets and Harvey Norman, as well as a variety of smaller and boutique retail stores.
  • Places of worship

In Dungog there are places of worship for a range of Christian denominations including Anglican Church, Baptist Church, Catholic Church, Uniting Church and Presbyterian. The nearest mosque is in Newcastle, 80 min drive from Dungog.
  • Points of interest

The main street in Dungog is an urban conservation area, the local Dungong Historical Museum, sheds some fascinating light on the town’s history. The surrounding area, including the Barrington Tops National Park provides fantastic terrain for nature lovers. Popular Dungog events include the Dungog Festival, Dungog Film Festival, Dungog Agricultural Show, Dungog Rodeo, Thunderbolt Rally and local street markets. Dungog’s What’s on lists many local events.
  • Sporting activities

Dungog has a range of social and sporting clubs. Sporting activities include swimming, canoeing, bushwalking, trail and mountain biking, camping and fishing. Clubs include soccer, rugby league, cricket, netball and tennis. Horse riding is popular, Dungog has a pony club and dressage club.
  • Community groups and activities

A listing of community group and service groups in Dungog is available from Dungog Shire Council.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Dungog. A good place to start is the Facebook pages Dungog Chronicle, Visit Dungog, and Vacy, Paterson, Gresford & Dungog Buy, Swap, Sell, Give Away, Lost & Found.