The birthplace of Australian cinematic history, Dungog, will come alive during the Dungog Festival later this week 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.
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
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
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
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
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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