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Old Great North Road bike ride

Dharug National Park

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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.

43km one-way
Time suggested
1 day
What to
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


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