Considered a great engineering feat, the 240 kms of The Great North Road was built between 1826 and 1836 using convict labour to connect Sydney with Newcastle and the Upper Hunter.
Rather than be allowed to languish in gaol, many convicts were sent to to remote areas to build roads. Up to 700 convicts, some in chains, worked on the Great North Road at any one time.
Relics such as stone retaining walls, wharves, culverts, convict graffiti, bridges and buttresses can still be seen along the entire length of the Great North Road.
For further information please visit http://greatnorthroad.com.au/visit-the-convict-trail
You can also call in to the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre for a free Convict Trail Cartoscope or print it off via the following link: http://www.cartoscope.com.au/maps/convicttr/convicttrail.pdf
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 surf...
Great North Road
An easy 1km walk that takes in the historic buildings and surrounds of Wollombi. A map is available at the Wollombi Museum. You can also enjoy a gentle walk that follows the Wollombi Brook, beginnning at the Wollombi road west of cemetry (sign posted).
Planning a visit to Hunter Valley Wine Country and hoping to take the road less travelled? Why not enjoy a scenic drive on Tourist Drive 33, along the Great North Road or Convict Trail, and through the beautiful NSW countryside. Tourist Drive 33 is the scenic gateway to the spectacular Hunter Valley stretching from the Peats Ridge exit on the M1 near Sydney, to Branxton in the heart of wine cou...
Calga - Wollombi - Cessnock - Pokolbin - Branxton