The Great North Road

The Great North Road, surveyed in 1825 and completed in 1836, was constructed using convict labour. Up to 720 convicts - some in chains - worked on the road, which spanned 264 km, connecting Sydney to the settlements of the Hunter Valley. It features spectacular and beautifully preserved examples of stonework, including buttresses, culverts, bridges and twelve metre high retaining walls.

Only 43 kilometres of the road remains undeveloped and relatively intact. Running through and alongside Dharug National Park and Yengo National Park, this section has been named the Old Great North Road. It goes from Wisemans Ferry in the south to Mount Manning (near Bucketty) in the north, and includes the oldest surviving stone bridges in mainland Australia. The road is closed to motor vehicles, but makes a great walk over two or three days - or an exhilarating day's cycle.

Nearby events

  1. St Albans Folk Festival

    Thursday 25 April 2019 to Sunday 28 April 2019 , Hawkesbury

    It’s a great vibe, very well established and affordable fun festival. Come for the three days or just a day. Located near Wisemans Ferry, (just one or two hours from Sydney, The Central Coast or Newcastle). Four great performance venues…

    25 Apr - 28 Apr
  2. Arcadia Markets

    Saturday 04 May 2019 ,

    A great event is planned celebrating connections, community and history. 50 high quality stalls featuring handmade, unique items, art, craft and gourmet food. Dural and District Historical Society members will be on hand to answer…

    04 May
  3. Convict 100

    Saturday 04 May 2019 ,

    Back for its 15th year the Convict 100 is one of Australia's most challenging MTB marathon races following the historic Convict Trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. The course features a mix of fast fire trail, technical rock…

    04 May