Convict Trail / Great North Road

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 22:32
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Interested to know if anyone has done this drive recently through Wisemans Ferry, St Albans, Bucketty, Wollombi, Singleton? How is the road and what are the main experiences enroute?
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:30

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:30
You cannot drive on the actual old convict road as such but in places the current road both dirt and tar does follow sections of the old alignment.
You have to get out and walk most of it and some sections are accessible from the road you drive on.
It is an easy drive, 2wd and NPWS has a couple of camping and picnic areas along the way.
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:58

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:58
The section from Wisemans Ferry to Mogo Creek is walk only but from Mogo Creek you are driving on the Great North Road.
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:48

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 00:48
The road is just a dirt road 2wd. Their is a small grave yard on your left just before St Albans, it has still a few headstones but hard to read. You can walk the Great North Road to Ten Mile Hollow, there is a fire trail just past Sunnyvale that will take you to the top of the mountain and joins The Great North Rd, but has a locked gate preventing driving to Ten mile Hollow.St Albans is a old stage coach rest stop and has a small Inn there. From there you are driving through the common to Bucketty.Wollombi has an Inn and is the birth place of Dr Jurds jungle juice. It was made in a bath tub out the back with left over produce like watermelon's, cucumber and pumpkins, mixed with port, therefore it had a different taste every year. Its a nice drive that will take all day.
Andy
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Follow Up By: Axle - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 08:50

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 08:50
G/Day Andy, .....Dr Jurds!!, I know why it was refered to as Elephant Repelant!,,,,,WHOEEEE!



Cheers Axle
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Follow Up By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:20

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:20
Hi Axle, It's a shame the brewery's bought the naming rights, and now brew it. It's not the same any more, or should I say it is the same taste all the time. Dare any man to drink a stone jug of it in one day and not call for Dr Jurd!,,,,hahaha
Andy
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Reply By: Hills Hawkesbury R - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 07:10

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 07:10
Thanks for your assistance everyone...great information. Also found www.convicttrail.org which has some very interesting research about what occurred on this road. Amazing!
Thanks again
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Reply By: yagon - Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 21:28

Friday, Jan 25, 2013 at 21:28
It's a very pleasant drive, even if you don't follow the exact trail. It's amazing how close it is to Sydney. Great for a weekend day trip.
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