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Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk is a 9km, grade 4 circuit hike, located in the Dharug National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 4hrs to complete.
Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk features a historic convict-built, some in chains, road overlooking the Hawkesbury River, in Dharug National Park. Returning via Finchs Line, this moderately steep track is popular with families and history buffs with some bushwalking experience.
Starting on Devines Hill loop, you’ll pass the quarry, with historic graffiti carved in the rocks by convicts long gone. You can almost hear the sound of picks striking the blocks and the clinking of leg irons. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the beautifully preserved stonework that includes towering stone buttresses, culverts and even a curved wall. Unpack a picnic along the way and soak up the tranquil bush setting with scenic river views. Round off your day with a night under the stars at Mill Creek campground, only a short drive away.
Download the Convict Road app to learn about the hardships of the convicts who constructed the road. The app features two walks, short films about the convict experience, and expert commentary. Learn more about the World Heritage listing of Old Great North Road.
Take a virtual tour of Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Dharug National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Dharug National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
To Devines Hill loop trackhead. Old Great North Road – World Heritage walk starts at Devines Hill, 500m west of Wisemans Ferry, in Dharug National Park. To get there:From GosfordFollow the signs to Wisemans FerryDrive along Wisemans Ferry RoadPass the ferry crossing and drive approximately 500m to the bottom of Devines HillFrom SydneyFollow the signs to Wisemans FerryDriving along Old Northern RoadDrive through the town of Wisemans Ferry and cross the Hawkesbury River on the Wisemans FerryTurn left and drive approximately 500m to the bottom of Devines Hill or alternatively, park on the southern side and take the ferry over on foot. Park entry points Devines Hill loop trackhead See on map Parking Parking is limited near Devines Hill and Finchs Line, especially on weekends. It’s recommended to park at Wisemans Ferry and travel across the ferry as a pedestrian.
The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
Bikes need to be walked down Devines Hill and the walking track section of Finchs Line.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.