Old Great North Road

This is a great, challenging day ride out of the city. The road is one of the original roads heading north, and at a couple of points on the trail you will see the evidence of this, including the oldest surviving stone bridges in Australia.

Information

Difficulty: Hard
Duration: 4 – 6 hrs
Distance: 28 km
Start: Wisemans Ferry (loop)

Route

We recommend for this ride that you have some mountain biking experience, as it can get a bit technical in places. It is also a fairly strenuous ride – but ultimately quite rewarding.

There are a few options along this track.

One is to head up the trail, up to Clare’s Bridge (or at an earlier point), turn around, and come back the way you came.

The second option is to go to Clare’s Bridge, turn around and instead of heading back the same way, take the turnoff on the left to the Western Commission Track and follow it back to Wiseman’s Ferry Road – where you turn right and head back to the ferry.

How to get there:

Wiseman’s Ferry is approximately 75km from the city, and there is no train or bus out that way. To get there, head out to Dural and then take the Old Northern Road out to Wiseman’s Ferry. Cross the river using the ferry (it is free), and turn left. The entrance to the road is about 500m from the ferry crossing. Pass through the gate and start your adventure!

Contact:

Dharug National Park Suites 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford NSW
Phone: 02 4320 4200.
Email: coast@environment.nsw.gov.au
Website: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/dharug-national-park/

Advice:

Take water and food with you. There is little or no water to be found on the way. If you are taking on this ride is summer, it can get pretty hot so take plenty of water with you.

About David Rutter

Dave grew up on a small acreage on the outskirts of Sydney, within a stone's throw of the bush. Having spent a large part of his childhood exploring the bush behind the family home, much of his adult life has been spent exploring the world - he has lived in Sweden, traveled much of Europe, travelled in the Pacific and South America, and more recently in Asia. The Australian bush is however, the place where he feels he truly belongs.
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