The Great North Road is a 240km convict built masterpiece constructed between 1826 and 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Much of the original convict built road remains in use today, although a lot of the original surface is well buried beneath bitumen. Convict built remains, such as stone retaining walls, pick dressed cuttings, culverts, bridges and stone cut drains, can be seen when driving along the road, or when walking in Dharug and Yengo National Parks.
The Convict Trail can be visited any time of year and contains many side-trails that access beautiful national parks and heritage sites. As you explore the Great North Road – Convict Trail, remember, do not trespass on private property. Many of the convict relics noted in this itinerary are used for traffic. You should only view them from safe locations.
A series of brochures have been created to help you identify key items along the Great North Road – Convict Trail as you travel the road.
Five Dock to Epping –
Epping To Wisemans Ferry –
Wisemans Ferry – Thomas James Bridge – Devines Hill – Shepherds Gully – Finches Line
Simpsons Track –
Devines Hill to Clares Bridge?
Clares Bridge to Mt Manning –
Bucketty – to Wollombi
Wollombi to Broke
Wollombi to Newcastle