Cars on a convict road?
Until the opening of the Pacific Highway in 1930, the Old Great North Road was part of the major road route between Sydney and Gosford. It's now closed to motor vehicles (including motor bikes) to halt its rapid deterioration and for public safety reasons. However, you can still walk or cycle parts of the original route to Gosford, including:
- Simpsons Track (off the Old Great North Road in Dharug National Park)
- The section of the Old Great North Road from Devines Hill to Ten Mile Hollow, which was used as access to Gosford until around 1930. In the early 1930s, the Spencer road was upgraded and a bridge built over Mangrove Creek at Oyster Shell Road.
Around 1859-1860, the Northern Telegraph Line was installed between Wisemans Ferry and Wollombi. It followed the Old Great North Road between Finchs Line and Ten Mile Hollow.
Page last updated: 26 February 2011