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Set in rolling valleys at the foothills of the Barrington Tops is a picturesque necklace of historic towns and villages - Clarence Town, Dungog, Gresford, Paterson and Vacy. The Shire of Dungog, a rich farming area of the Hunter Valley. Just two and a half hours drive from Sydney (three and a half with the Countrylink rail service), the area is a favourite of hikers, car enthusiasts, cyclists and roving bikers. Features include the picturesque winding roads, breath-taking views and fresh country air, you'll find plentiful waterholes for picnics and a swim, or walking through the world heritage listed Barrington Tops is forever enticing. The area is a perfect weekend getaway for nature-lovers, while the local restaurants, hotels, motels and bed 'n breakfasts offer a fresh country welcome. Try one of their scenic drives you will be amazed at what you can see! Come, visit and recharge - there's not a traffic jam or parking metre anywhere in sight. So drive, ride or catch a train, but don't miss out! Train services are available from Dungog as far as Sydney to the North Coast