We will be updating this section over time and as we explore this beautiful area more ourselves, for now this is some of what we have discovered.Gavin & Amanda (Bluegums owners since June 2014)
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. Two of our guests awoke to 2 owls sleeping in the tree outside their cabin so you never know your luck.
From Bluegums you can walk to Chichester Dam (30 mins easy walk). Its a pleasant walk and 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
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.
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. BYO shopping bag if possible.
Markets are held each Saturday throughout the year except January
Recommended Cafes/Restaurants in Dungog
ChillBillies 205 Dowling St Ph 02 4992 3272
Great food and cakes
The Settlers Arms 45 Brown St (Wed-Sun) Ph 4992 1615
Great for lunch and dinner and great Tapas
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.
- Your guide to the boutique food and wine producers of the Hunter Valley in NSW Australia.
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