Dookie is recognised for its distinctive red hills, diverse agriculture, University of Melbourne Regional Campus and progressive community. Surrounded by the Goulburn Valley in Central Victoria, the district borders the North Eastern region.

As smaller regional towns find new ways to survive, Dookie is beginning to thrive as an emerging tourist destination. Exhibitions and festivals generate publicity and with the opening of Tallis Wine Cellar Door, boasting stunning views of the Strathbogie Ranges, the retro-styled Gladstone Hotel and popular Emporium Café, it is becoming an increasingly sought-after day trip from neighbouring centres and for people travelling along the freeways.

Population: 280

On the 5th of April Festival of Small Halls will visit Dookie Arts Hub with internationally acclaimed folk artist Dave Gunning and Australia’s Claire Anne Taylor.

This show will be supported by Jessica Lorraine, from Waaia. Jessica is a versatile acoustic artist, featuring mesmerising vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele and a loop station. With a flair for unique cover arrangements and original song, her live performances are unforgettable.

Tickets available online here or locally at the Dookie Emporium – 48 Mary St Dookie  (Enq 0409559380)

Doors open at 6.30pm

Photo credit to Leiticia Harmer