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Visit, Live & Invest in Dungog Shire::

The Shire of Dungog is part of the Hunter Region and the Lower Hunter Sub-Region and is bound by Great Lakes Shire to the East, Singleton Shire to the West, Scone Shire to the North-west, Gloucester Shire to the North and by Port Stephens Shire and the City of Maitland to the South.



Dungog Shire covers an area of 2248 sq Kilometres. The Council is situated in the Barrington tops region and has a population of 8,500. The Shire consists predominantly of very rugged to hilly country which becomes less rugged from north to south. The major population centres within the Shire include:

  • Dungog
  • Gresford
  • Paterson
  • Vacy
  • Martins Creek
  • Clarence Town


The Shire has two principal rivers, the Williams in the east of the Shire and the Paterson in the west. Both are tributaries of the Hunter, and both traverse the Shire in a general north-west to south-east direction. The Williams and Paterson Rivers drain from the Barrington Plateau and contribute over 40% of the flow of the Hunter. Lostock Dam was constructed on the Paterson River in the 1970's to regulate flow and prevent lack of water in drought.



The climate of the Shire is varable, with temperatures ranging from 0-15 degrees Celsius in the winter months to 25-42 degrees Celsius during summer. The Shire is prone to protracted periods of dry weather, particularly in summer. Rainfall, particularly in the south of the Shire, is variable and largely affected by coastal weather patterns. Rainfall in the north of the Shire is influenced by the mountainous terrain. The average rainfall in the Barrington Tops area is 2500mm, with the average in the south of the Shire being 900-1000mm. In the mountainous far north of the Shire the climate is at times sub-alpine with snow not uncommon during the winter months.

National Parks and State Forests


Barrington Tops National Parks covers an area of 62,448 hectares, rising to over 1580 metres above sea level. The Barrington Tops is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserve of Australia (CERRA) which is listed as a World Heritage site. 85% of the Barrington Tops National Park is declared wilderness. Approximately one fifth of the National Park is located within the borders of the Dungog Shire, at its northernmost end.

The Chichester State Forest is included in the southern end of the Barrington Tops National Park. Two thirds of the Chichester State Forest is located within the boundaries of Dungog Shire. In the Shire's south portions of the Uffington and Wallaroo State Forests are located within the boundaries of Dungog Shire, close to its southernmost border. The Allyn and Paterson State Forests are located in the north of the Shire in the upper reaches of the Allyn Valley.

Extract from Dungog Shire Council's Community Profile of Dungog Local Government Area 1999


Business & Tourism in Dungog Shire


With a population of approximately 8,700 people, Dungog Shire encompasses the townships of Dungog, Clarence Town, Gresford, Vacy, Martins Creek and Paterson.

All are vibrant communities and offer a range of benefits including flowing rivers, parks, country cafes, pubs and farms. Dungog Shire is within close proximity to the major markets of Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Maitland.

Nestled between the Pacific and New England Highways, Dungog Shire is an easy hour's drive from Newcastle, The Great Lakes, Hunter Wine Country or Port Stephens and 2 hours from Sydney's northern suburbs via the M1 freeway.

Housing remains affordable and there is abundant land whether you're seeking acreage living or lifestyle blocks in the townships.

For recreation, breathtaking National Parks, State Forests and mountain vistas are just the beginning. Dungog Shire has a wide range of facilities: golf courses, bowling clubs, tennis courts, two swimming pools and the oldest operating cinema in Australia.

The essence of Dungog Shire, with its magnificent rural and mountain backdrop, is the beauty of its natural environment and its sense of belonging.

Dungog Shire ... Life As It Should Be .... the Place to Live, Visit and Do Business.