Old Great North Road, Dharug National Park, Maintenance Plan

The Great North Road was built using convict labour between 1826 and 1836, spanning the 250km distance between Sydney and the Hunter Valley. The 43km between Wiseman’s Ferry and Mt Manning is the most substantial section of the Great North Road which has not been re-used, overbuilt and up-graded, due to its early abandonment for more convenient routes. This section is known as the ‘Old Great North Road’.

1 March 2007
Parks and Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation
Publication, Plan
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This plan is about the 16km stretch of the Old Great North Road (OGNR) between the spectacular ascent of Devine’s Hill from the Hawkesbury River at Wiseman’s Ferry, through to 10 Mile Hollow. The plan also covers the original 5km ascent from the Hawkesbury known as Finch’s Line which was abandoned in 1829.

Also covered in this document are Simpson’s Track which joins the OGNR at 10 Mile Hollow and the Shepherd’s Gully and Sternbeck’s Gully Roads which join the OGNR at the top of Devine’s Hill and once provided routes through to the Macdonald Valley. The latter two roads are within Yengo National Park while the remainder fall within Dharug National Park.

A revised Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for these roads was prepared in 2003-2004 by Griffin NRM Pty Ltd. The CMP (Ireland et al, 2005) has a strategic management approach and views the Old Great North Road as a cultural landscape rather than a series of sites. The brief for the preparation of the CMP envisaged that a detailed Maintenance Plan would provide comprehensive guidelines for the future maintenance of the OGNR.

This document was commissioned in late 2003 by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Circumstances prevented its completion in 2004 and the project was re-activated in 2006.

The aim of the project has been to provide:

  • comprehensive maintenance guidelines for the Old Great North Road;
  • detailed maintenance schedules on a precinct by precinct basis;
  • training for NPWS staff; and
  • to ensure best practice management of a cultural heritage place.