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Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk

Dharug National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


9km loop


3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

Quality of markings

Limited signage

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended


Short steep hills


Many steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

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    Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk starts at Devines Hill, 500m west of Wisemans Ferry, in Dharug National Park. To get there:

    From Gosford

    • Follow the signs to Wisemans Ferry
    • Drive along Wisemans Ferry Road
    • Pass the ferry crossing and drive approximately 500m to the bottom of Devines Hill

    From Sydney

    • Follow the signs to Wisemans Ferry
    • Driving along Old Northern Road
    • Drive through the town of Wisemans Ferry and cross the Hawkesbury River on the Wisemans Ferry
    • Turn left and drive approximately 500m to the bottom of Devines Hill or alternatively, park on the southern side and take the ferry over on foot.


    Parking is limited near Devines Hill and Finchs Line, especially on weekends. It’s recommended to park at Wisemans Ferry and travel across the ferry as a pedestrian.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Dharug National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    The water has warmed up nicely by late summer so autumn is great for kayaking and canoeing along the Hawkesbury river.


    The spring months are perfect for enjoying more strenuous activities in the park, like the longer walks and mountain bike riding. It's also the perfect time to see wildflowers.


    The park is still stunning in winter and walking on sunny days is very pleasant. It can be cold at night so bring warm gear if you're camping.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    13°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month

    February and March

    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or GPS.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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