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Convict history of Wisemans Ferry

Dharug National Park

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In line with the latest NSW Government COVID-19 advice, masks are encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others.

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Join a NSW National Parks guide on this 6km guided tour. You'll learn about the incredibly tough conditions and hardship endured by the road gang convicts of the early 19th century.

When
Wednesday 12 April 2023, 10am to 3pm. Meet at 9.45am.
Where
Dharug National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Basic level of fitness required. Suitable for adults and children 15 years and over.
Price

Adult $20 per person. Child (15-17 years) $15 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $15 per person. Family (2 adults, 2 children) $60.

Meeting point
Park opposite Wisemans Ferry east bank entrance, River Road, Wisemans Ferry.
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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Step back in time and listen to stories of suffering, adventure, and humour. Learn how convicts constructed of the Old Great North Road using hand tools and bullocks. You’ll see towering road support buttresses, hewn sandstone blocks, culverts, drains and a sandstone quarry.

We’ll visit 2 very different sites on this walk. First we’ll visit the Wisemans Ferry historic ‘Stockade’, which accommodated the convicts who built the Old Great North Road. 

Then we’ll make our way to Devines Hill to see the incredible workmanship of the convicts and dramatic ‘Hangmans Rock’. This part of the Old Great North Road is one of only 11 Australian convict sites to be World-heritage listed.

Bring at least 1 litre of drinking water, lunch and snacks. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable, enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen and all-weather clothing.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info