Coming events

Fri May 17 – Opals
Sun May 26 – Sustainability Spotlight on Dungog Shire
Sat June 1 – Stargazing at Trevallyn

See below for details


FREE event
Friday 17 May CWA Hall Dungog

Australia’s National Gem • How is it formed? What makes a good one? • Myths & mysteries

Psychologist turned opal miner and cutter, Toby Solomon will talk about her transition from the office to Grawin Opal Field where she and her partner owned several opal mines.
Wielding a jack hammer, pick and shovel, and eventually learning how to cut and polish the elusive gemstone over 12 years, the two of them carved out a “beyond the Black Stump” life.

With slides and stories, she will briefly talk about the history, and then guide you through the different kinds of opals in the various fields of Australia, with a focus on the fields she mined in and knew best. Finally she will have several stones for you to view, talk about what makes an opal valuable and answer questions you might have.

Sustainability Spotlight on Dungog Shire

FREE event in association with Sustaining the Williams Valley Inc & Single Use Plastic Free Dungog
Sunday 26 May James Theatre Dungog

Series of short talks showcasing sustainable practices in businesses and community groups in our shire.

A series of short, fast and punchy (‘Pecha Kucha’ style) talks from those who have sustainability as a core component of what they do.

Join us for FREE drinks and nibbles after the show!

FREE EVENT Everybody welcome.

Some of our speakers & stalls include: Tin Shed Brewery, HannanBuild, 4 Acre Farm, Wangat Lodge, Australian Sustainable Timbers, Fosterton Farm, Local Growers Market, The Magpie, Westwood Providores + others
The final list of speakers & stall will be announced soon.

Thanks to: Lovey’s Grocers, Stella Bistro, Boomerang Bags, Dungog Shire Council, Dungog Shire Community Centre

Stargazing at Trevallyn

FREE event
Saturday 1 June Trevallyn Observatory – near Gresford

Join us to learn more about the stars. Enjoy a talk by members from the Newcastle Astronomical Society who will have a range of telescopes available for viewing the sun & the night sky.

It is also a unique opportunity to visit this private observatory and view an incredible collection of astronomy related memorabilia.

Limited numbers: Bookings essential through eventbrite –

This event is very popular and is close to booking out. Contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Map and further details available when you book. Rug up to enjoy this outdoor event. Bring a chair or rug to sit on.


And coming up over the next few months…

Plastic Free July – all month – A range of activities supporting Single Use Plastic Free Dungog

There will be events around the Shire celebrating National Science week from 10-18 August.