Destination Dungog: five reasons why you should visit this October

Festival fun, films, forests and farm life make this charming Hunter town one to put on your radar.

15 October 2015

The birthplace of Australian cinematic history, Dungog, will come alive during the Dungog Festival from 22-25 October 2015.

Now in its second year, the three-day festival will showcase an exciting program of film, culinary events and workshops in the country town of Dungog, situated in the picturesque Hunter region at the foot of the Barrington Tops.

Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase said, “The Hunter is one of Australia’s most-loved destinations offering World-Heritage listed national parks, stunning scenery and historic country towns like Dungog, offering the perfect location for a NSW short break this spring.

“Coordinated by the people of Dungog, the Dungog Festival is an outstanding example of the resilience of the community coming together and giving something back to those affected by the floods.  With a world-class program of films and events, the festival is the perfect time to discover this character-filled town and show your support.”

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said, “The Dungog Festival is a fantastic event and I encourage everyone to visit the festival and also see what else this wonderful region has to offer.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the Festival through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, which showcases the picturesque town of Dungog and its fantastic local talent, produce and wares to visitors.”

Highlight events on the program include a magical Long Table Dinner under the stars, a Starry Night Concert featuring ARIA award-winning Paul Mac and several new release features and shorts from around the world including US documentary Muppet History 101, co-curated by late Muppets head writer Jerry Juhl.

Five reasons why you should visit Dungog this October:             

  1. Cinematic history:  Did you know that Dungog is home to the oldest purpose-built cinema in Australia?  The Spanish Mission styled James Theatre was once the social hub of the town and has seen many a film screening, ball and dance in its time.  Still in operation, the community-run theatre provides the perfect vintage cinema experience to enjoy a premiere during the festival
  1. Wilderness hideaways:  Positioned at the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Dungog is the perfect place to go bush for a few days with a range of cabins and accommodation options helping you get back to nature.  Located just out of Dungog,  Bluegums Cabins is situated within 180 acres of bushland , giving you ample space to explore neighbouring Chichester Dam
  1. Barrington is tops: Covering more than 83,000 hectares the World-Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Parks is truly an unspoilt wilderness with subtropical rainforest, ancient beech forests and subalpine woodlands.   During the festival weekend, pack a picnic and explore the  90-minute self-guided Blue Gum loop trail offering stunning vistas, blue gums and perfect picnic spots
  1. Local producers: In Dungog you can bake your own bread and eat it too!  Located on the Williams River Fosterton Farm produces biodynamic sourdough bread. Head to the farm to enjoy a farm tour or partake in a traditional bread making class or olive oil appreciation workshop with local olive growers Bunna Bunoo during the festival
  1. Sleep under the stars:  Take in some fresh Dungog country air and enjoy the freedom of sleeping under the stars by pitching up a tent during the festival.  Whether you like to camp or glamp, three camping options will be available during the festival to help you get into the spirit.  Home to several camping grounds and caravan parks, Dungog offers a great selection of caravan and camping options all year around.

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Media contact:

Florence Sandford
Senior Publicist, Destination NSW
Tel.: 02 9931 1416

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