Back to previous page
Print factsheet

Old Great North Road bike ride

Yengo National Park

Overview

Mountain bike or walk the Old Great North Road. It’s an important piece of Australia’s history and part of the Convict Sites of Australia World Heritage Area.

Where
Yengo National Park
Distance
43km one-way
Time suggested
1 day
Grade
Hard
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, suitable clothing, sunscreen
Please note
  • This is an important heritage area; please leave convict sites and the landscape and vegetation of Dharug National Park as you find them
  • Take plenty of drinking water with you as water is scarce. Water taken from tanks must be boiled or treated before drinking
  • Please take your rubbish with you
  • Please observe all fire restrictions, use the fireplaces provided and take care when visiting the park in the fire danger period between October and April
  • If you’re riding a mountain bike along the road, please keep to the Old Great North Road, consider walkers, and walk your bike down Devine’s Hill

Dharug National Park contains part of the 43km stretch of the convict-built Old Great North Road. Built between 1826 and 1836, it contains the oldest surviving stone bridges in mainland Australia, including Clares Bridge and Circuit Flat Bridge.

If you plan to walk the road, it’s best to allow two to three days for the whole track, although you can break it up into shorter sections for an easier walk. You can also ride the road – allow about a day to do so. There are plenty of places to stop along the way for a rest, birdwatching or picnicking. 

Find out more about the World Heritage listing and history of the Old Great North Road, or download the Convict Road app

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Promotional:

Sign up to Naturescapes

Sign up to our Naturescapes e-newsletter which is packed with information, new products, experiences and events in NSW national parks. Your next park adventure starts here.

Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Yengo National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and North Coast regions
  • Yengo National Park is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    The Big Yango precinct of the park is within locked gates and requires a permit to enter.

    • Central Coast
      (02) 4320 4200
      Contact hours: Monday to Friday, hours vary.
    • Suites 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4320 4299
    More
    • Bulga
      (02) 6574 5555
      Contact hours: 9.30am-4pm Tuesday to Thursday
    • 2156 Putty Road, Bulga NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6574 5274
    More
See more visitor info
Man walking on the 11km walking track. Photo: John Yurasek