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Published October 23rd 2012
About an hours drive north of Maitland is the beautiful country town of Dungog.
To get to Dungog, you could travel from Maitland and follow the signs to Paterson and on to Dungog. Don't drive too fast or you will miss some fantastic scenery. The majestic rolling hills are something to be seen. So take your time and look around on your way.
The small hamlet of Paterson is an ideal break for a cool drink.
Following the magnificent Paterson river and its views will be your only distraction to the country side on the meandering country roads.
You can't miss the huge Dungog sign in the hill side as you arrive. The wide Main Street offers a huge assortment of country shops. Great shopping for horse enthusiasts.
You have a choice of several take away shops if your looking for a quick snack. But if you want a truly country pub meal, you can't go past the Old Bank Hotel on the corner of Hooke St and Main St, where the meals are great value. The plates are oversize to handle the oversize meals. Happily the prices aren't oversize.
After lunch and a quiet stroll around the shops you didn't see on arrival, you can take an alternate route home via Clarencetown. This follows the Williams River and Hunter River offering equally brilliant views to your morning drive.
If you don't want to head home yet, you could continue through to the Barrington Tops. It's only another hour's drive, but allow for longer, as the views are even more exquisite than what you have seen so far.