The Old Great North Road – World Heritage Walk is a historic walking trail in New South Wales, Australia. It follows the route of an old convict-built road that was constructed between 1826 and 1836 to provide a land route between Sydney and the Hunter Valley region.
The road was built by around 700 convicts using manual labour and primitive tools, and it features a number of impressive engineering structures such as stone retaining walls, culverts, and bridges. These structures were designed to help the road negotiate the steep and rocky terrain of the area, and many of them are still in excellent condition today.
The Old Great North Road – World Heritage Walk is a 43-kilometre trail that runs from Wisemans Ferry to Mount Manning, passing through a variety of landscapes including forests, gorges, and ridges. It is a popular destination for walkers and hikers who are interested in history and heritage, as well as those who simply enjoy the outdoors.
In 2010, the Old Great North Road was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. This recognition reflects the road’s significance as an example of the way convict labour was used to build Australia’s infrastructure in the 19th century.
Make it a relaxing trip with a stay at Del Rio to break up your travels and unwind after hitting the walking trail. Book a villa, cabin or camp site to be your base or retreat for you and your fellow hikers or other family members unable to join you on the hike. Enquire about midweek specials.