Exploring the Area
We are located in the foothills of the world heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park, close to many beautiful walks with prisine rivers, waterfalls, water holes and Chichester Dam.
Our cabins are set on 180 acres which you are free to wander and explore. As you wander you will see wallabies, pademelons and water-dragons. Regular bird visitors include the satin bower bird, black cockatoos, king parrots and wattle birds as well as magpies and kookaburras.
In your cabin you will find maps to our favourite places and we are always willing to share what we know.
The Tawny Frog mouth can be seen at night time if you go for a wander often resting on a post waiting on some food. Some of our guests awoke to 2 Tawny Frogmoutss sleeping in the tree outside their cabin and another told me they were having breakfast watching a koala asleep in the tree so you just don’t know how lucky you might be here at Bluegums. Our sightings of koalas are on the increase with the latest being a Mum and her baby in a tree near the swimming pool on the 1st of January 2020.
Barrington Tops National Park
The rainforests in Barrington Tops National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area; the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. The World Heritage Area is a direct window into the past and the future, providing a link to the ancient pre-human world and a stunning and irreplaceable record of life on our planet.
Carved out of ancient volcanic flows, the park rises from near sea level to over 1500m and protects one of the largest temperate rainforests in mainland Australia, along with a host of diverse habitats and wide range of birds and animals.
You can explore the rainforest on one of the park’s many walking tracks (links below)
or you can wander up to Chichester Dam which is quite an impressive structure. There are toilets and a bbq area and really nice shaded area along the river full of birdlife and if you are lucky a koala or two.
There is a beautiful salt-water pool on site (also a tennis court) or beautiful rivers and waterfalls nearby. We can give you a map and shortcuts to secluded waterholes.
Around your cabin you are bound to spot some wallabies and padamelons. Wander by the 3 dams on site to see water dragons and turtles and if you are lucky an echidna or koala. We started day one of 2020 with a text from a guest to say there was a koala and her baby in a tree beside their cabin so keep an eye out and let us know if you see some as we are recording all sightings on the Government I-spy Koala app. There is an abuncance of beautiful birdlife also, see how many you can count during your stay. As you head back to Dungog if you stop at the old wooden bridge you may see a playptus at dusk or dawn.
When in Dungog…
Dungog Common –
The Dungog Common consists of 650 acres on the outskirts of town reserved for communal recreational use and environmental protection.
Formally established in the 1890’s, the Dungog Common is enjoyed by walkers, trail-runners, mountain-bikers, horse-riders, and nature-lovers.
Mountain Biking – there are over 30kms of single track mountain bike trails s0 a mountain bike haven. Explore some local rides
Mountain Bike Pump Track – A purpose built mountain bike pump track has MTB and BMX riders entertained for hours.
Girriwa Loop Walk – Girriwa is the Gringai word for goanna or lace monitor – the Girriwa Loop is a 4.8km walking trail within the Common.
Events at Dungog Common –
Run Dungog – first weekend of August every year- a community trail running festival.
MBT Dungog – annual event in September
James Theatre – The oldest Theatre in NSW still in operation. 8 Brown St Dungog just down from the Visitors Info. Watch a movie, have a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake….a delight!
Dungog by Design – a new shop opened by a collective of artisans living and creating in the Dungog Shire.
Dungog Contemporary – Dungog’s newest independent gallery with a gallery shop – art books, jewellery and selected objets d’art and an online stockroom of limited fine art editions by well known Australian artists.
Dungog Museum – 105 Dowling Street, DungogCollecting, Preserving and Interpreting Local History and Heritage for Everyone
Local Growers Stall – fruit and vegetables is run by Local Living Dungog, a community centre group promoting sustainable living in the Dungog Shire. Visit the market, held at side entrance and front of CWA Hall, on Saturday mornings. There will be local honey, eggs, fruit, herbs, vegetables and much more. BYO shopping bag if possible.
Where to eat….
Tin Shed Brewery -Dowling St , a new favourite in town – local beers, cider and
Settlers Arms (wise to book for weekend dinner- 02 4992 1615)
Long Room Cafe
Coffee Bean Cafe
The RSL and Bowling Clubs both have a Chinese restaurant with take away available and The Bank hotel on the corner has many dinner specials.
Other things to do nearby..
Our favourite in Maitland is the Regional Art Gallery, always interesting exhibits and events and a fantastic cafe, well worth visiting on your way here or on your way home.
Tocal College & Homestead has one of Australias finest collections of colonial farm buildings dating from the 1820s. The homestead is open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday from March to November. Its also open other times for groups by apt Ph 1800 025 520