Dungog Things to Do Tips by globetrott
Dungog Things to Do: 17 reviews and 59 photos
This is something that I saw in many villages and towns in New South Wales: covered arcades in front of the shops that are providing a wonderfull shade in the mostly hot local climate and of course they are also perfect in case of a sudden rain.
Directions: All of these shoppingarcades in my pictures here were taken in Dowlingstreet, the main street through Dungog.
Dedicate some time for simply walking along the mainstreet of Dungog and you will get to feeling to be in one of those places that used to be the scenery for old western-movies.
On many of them you can read the year, when it was built and most of them date back to the end of the 19th century.
Directions: Dowlingstreet is the mainstreet of Dungog, it starts at the roundabout and ends at the former School of Arts !
Dungog has a lot of really interesting and quite unique shop-facades and they look like the ones I remember from old movies. And most of these facades had certainly to be imported from Great Britain or other parts of the world, so it was certainly quite expensive to have such a shop.
Nowadays a lot of shops are deserted and for sale !
Directions: When you take a walk on the main road through town - it is called Dowlingstreet - you will see a lot of these shop-fronts.
Coolalie in Dungog / NSW
Coolalie means "Southern wind" in the aboriginal language and it is the name of this beautiful building in Victorian style, that was built in 1895 for the local shopkeeper Henry Dark, his wife and eight children. This building is privately owned by the same family since 1954.
Directions: This building is not far from the roundabout in Dowlingstreet
There was a time, when it was forbidden by law to use anything else than local resources in order to build bridges and this is why you will see a lot of wooden bridges in Australia still nowadays. In Dungog you will see a good example of such a wooden bridge and you will also find a parking-space next to it, so you will be able to take a look under the bridge and its construction as well.
Enlarge my 3rd and 4th picture and you will see that pavement that looks like ordinary asphalt is actually wood, covered by asphalt !
Directions: This bridge is at the north-end of the village, on the way to Stroud.
The school of Arts of 1872 in Dungog / NSW
Would you have expected to find a "school of art" in such a remote australian village ? I really did not, but obviously there was a need of it and so they built this quite impressive building in 1872, first as a wooden building (that burned down some years later) and the house that you see there today dates back to the year 1898.
Nowadays this building is the seat of the Dungog Historical Society.
Directions: The school of arts is at the end of the main-street, about 500 meters from the roundabout.
This is the main roundabout of the village of Dungog and in its centre you will see this quite unique collumn with a windfan showing all directions, 2 street-lamps on top, signposts of streetdirections and there are also some strange inscriptions like in my 3rd photo and as its hard to read it , I write it down here for you, obviously you can read there, what you may see, when driving into that direction:
Head of Williams River
Snow Frost & Bushland
Directions: This Roundabout is the street-crossing between the main road through the village and the road that gets there from the west of the country.
This wonderfull building in Victorian style was built in 1876 as a residence and store for John Wade, a rich cornflour-mill proprietor. A stable and a bakery was added in the year 1900 and some years later the lovely victorian fences of the balconies had been removed, but finally in 1987 they were taken back there.
Address: 260 Dowling Street / Dungog
Directions: This building is not far from the roundabout.
In the small village of Dungog you will find the oldest cinema of Australia that is still operating and they even have a regular film-festival there, showing mainly australian movies.
When I was there in November 2011 it looked a bit deserted and maybe even out of order, as one of the large projectore was standing in the entrancehall...
....and there were announcements about Fitness-lessons there every wednesday at 07.00pm, but maybe the movies are there only at the weekend !
Directions: The Picture Theatre / also called James Theatre Community Centre is between the trainstation and the tourist-information.
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