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Old Great North Road - World Heritage walk

Dharug National Park

Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    9km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

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.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    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.

    Autumn

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

    Spring

    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.

    Winter

    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

    Average

    13°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    42.9°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    8°C and 18°C

    Lowest recorded

    -0.1°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February and March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    230.2mm

    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 + 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.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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    Old Great North Road Walking Track, Dharug National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/NSW Government