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Dharug National Park


Explore the World Heritage-listed Old Great North Road, go camping, mountain biking or canoeing at Dharug National Park near Wisemans Ferry, northwest of Sydney.

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Dharug National Park covers rugged bushland just north of the Hawkesbury river, with dramatic sandstone cliffs and a variety of natural habitats. It’s the perfect place to escape to on a daytrip or for a weekend getaway.

There is loads to explore; take a walk, mountain bike or guided tour into history along the Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk; built by up to 720 convicts between 1826 and 1836. Download the Convict Road app before heading out to accompany you along the track. Take a canoe or kayak out to explore the Hawkesbury river or camp out under the stars at Mill creek or Ten Mile Hollow campground.

The park is bursting with bird and animal life, you’re likely to see gang-gang cockatoos, satin bowerbirds and green catbirds on the mountain slopes and, if you’re camping overnight, be sure to take a torch to look for yellow-bellied and greater gliders and sugar gliders. If you can’t see the yellow-bellied glider, you may well hear their loud shrieking and gurgling calls.


Get Wild About Whales in Sydney

NSW national parks in Sydney and surrounds have the best vantage points to see whales during their annual migration, which takes place from June to November. Plan your next coastal adventure on the Wild About Whales website.

 The Coast track, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan


'Convict Footprints' immersive outdoor theatre

Staged in a World Heritage-listed site, the award-winning Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road play, in Dharug National Park, is 'theatre in the wild' at its finest, taking audiences on an historic journey of discovery back to the 1830s.

Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road play in Dharug National Park. Photo: Sarah Brookes/OEH.
Man walking on the 11km walking track. Photo: John Yurasek