Convict Trail Project
What is the Convict Trail? The Convict Trail is the name given to the convict built 240 kilometre long Great North Road and its surrounds. The Road built between 1826 and 1836 was the first road to be built to connect Sydney with Newcastle and the Hunter valley. It crossed the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry. Much of the original road remains with massive dry stone walls still carrying todayís traffic. Another section of the Great North Road built at the same time by the same people has been nominated for World Heritage listing as part of a serial listing of Convict sites. Work of the same quality exists in the Hunter Valley.For a slower paced start or finish to your visit to Hunter Wine Country travel along tourist route 33 from Peats Ridge to Wollombi, feel the tension drop away as you leave the expressway or remain relaxed longer on your return. As you travel in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle imagine the convicts many in leg-irons working in the heat of summer or the cold of winter building the road, by hand cutting down the hill sides and shaping and moving all the stones to build the walls. Stop and admire the now bypassed stone culverts.
The Convict Trail Project Inc. is the name of the not for profit Organization established to look after the Great North Road.
The Hunter Valley section ofthe Great North Road runs from Mt Manning through Bucketty to Wollombi where it splits with one branch going north to Jerrys Plains through Broke and the other branch going east thought Cessnock and Maitland to Newcastle. From Bucketty to Wollombi Tourist route 33 travels along the Convict Trail through the scenic Wollombi valley where a number of 1840s building can still be seen, as well as now bypassed stone culverts.
Stop and park only where it is safe to do so.Information shelter at Bucketty Precinct parking area, picnic tables are being installed here.Toilets at Mogo Camping area
Further Details: Detailed free self tour e-brochures available on the Convict Trail website www.convicttrail.org > tours. For the story of the building of the Great North Road visit the CTP website www.convicttrail.org > history.