Great North Road – The Convict Trail

The Great North Road is a 240 km convict built masterpiece constructed between 1826 an 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. It was — and remains — an extraordinary feat of engineering as it traverses sandstone gorges, razorback ridges and towering passes. Much of the original convict built road remains in use today although a lot of the original surface is well buried under bitumen.

The Convict Trail is the name for convict built Great North Road, the surrounding land and historic buildings.

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.

Relics such as stone retaining walls, wharves, culverts, bridges and buttresses can still be seen along the entire length of the Great North Road – in Sydney suburbs like Epping and Gladesville, at Wisemans Ferry or Wollombi, Bucketty or Broke, or when walking in Dharug and Yengo National Parks.

The village of Wollombi was established as the administrative centre for the district, built where the Great North Road split with one branch going north and the other east. One can step back in time when you visit this charming little village. When traveling from Sydney via Tourist Route 33 you join the Convict Trail at Bucketty at the intersection of the road from St Albans.

The map is also available for download here.