Local Bushwalks & Mountain Bike Tracks
Around your cabin
Our cabins are set on 180 acres and you are free to wander and explore. There are 3 dams and a salt water swimming pool which our guests are welcome to use. 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 the magpies and kookaburras.
If you go for a wander at night or are driving into the estate you are bound to see the Tawny Frogmouth either sitting on a branch or flying in front of you. You might be lucky and find them sleeping in the tree outside your cabin so you never know your luck. There are also koalas about, they are difficult to spot as camouflage so well but they are there high in the trees. I haven’t spotted the Lyre bird yet but it’s recently moved into the area as we hear it…mimicking a phone ringing! (hint If you want to definitely see a Lyre bird head to the Jerusalem Creek walk)
From Bluegums you can walk to Chichester Dam (30 mins walk, up and down a few hills). Despite being in the middle of a beautiful declared wilderness area it is quite an impressive structure. You will see and hear plenty birds along this walk. There are toilets, a bbq area and hot water for tea facilities here.
Jersualem Creek Trail (10 min drive to start of this walk)
For a revitalising walk through one of the largest sections of protected temperate and subtropical rainforest in Australia, try Jerusalem Creek trail World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park, near Dungog. A medium track passing waterfalls and creeks, its a perfect nature break and excellent for birdwatching.
FromÂ Jerusalem Creek picnic area, head downhill through subtropical rainforest of towering tallow woods and majestic Sydney blue gums. Listen out for the piping whistle of the eastern yellow robin and the call of the wompoo fruit-dove echoing through the canopy.
Dungog Common Loop Walk and mountain bike track
The Dungog Common Loop Walk is a medium walk of five to ten kilometres. Drive to the starting point at Common Road Entrance. You will enjoy lovely views of the surrounding area, creek crossings and some lovely hidden waterfalls. Also great for mountain bikers, worth looking up annual events there.
Dungog Picture TheatreStall
The oldest Theatre in NSW still in operation. 8 Brown St Dungog just down from the Visitors Info. www.jamestheatre.com.au
Local Growers Stall Local Growers Stalls of 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 and purchase your share of proudly grown local produce. There will be local honey, eggs, fruit, herbs, vegetables and much more including beautiful chemical free flowers by the Four Acre Farm (also avail in the IGA).
Dungog is working really hard to be plastic-free so BYO bags or you can purchase a Boomerang Bag to bring home and use again. The supermarket always has a stash of cardboard boxes for your groceries readily available at the counter.
Markets are held each Saturday throughout the year except January
Recommended Cafes/Restaurants in Dungog
Tin Shed Brewery Dowling St – we have a micro-brewery in town, also does great food!
Stella Bistro 205 Dowling St
Long Room Cafe Dowling St
Coffee Bean Cafe Dowling St
The Settlers Arms 45 Brown St
Wineries and Local Produce
On the outskirts of the village of East Gresford nestled alongside the beautiful Allyn River is the property Camyr Allyn North. John and Judy Evers have realised their dream with the development of their vineyard on the property and the release of their estate grown Camyr Allyn Wines.
The Northern Hunter Winery, home of Glendonbrook and Lewinsbrook Creek Wines, is the long term realisation of an idea developed by Tom and Terese Smith, owners of the historic East Gresford property, Bingleburra. Having developed a thirty acre vineyard on their property, Tom and Terese are spearheading the rebirth of the wine industry with a superlative range of wines hand-crafted to display the unique regional and varietal characteristics that have made the region world famous. Camelot Lavender Park Camelot Lavender Park is situated in a delightful country setting at Wallarobba, midway between the towns of Dungog and Paterson in the Hunter Valley.
Estate Produced Olive Products from the Paterson River Region of the Hunter Valley.
Tocal College & Homestead Tocal 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