Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry is a small historic riverside village, located at the northern end of Old Northern Road, at a sweeping bend in the Hawkesbury River. Surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs, it is close to a number of national parks and the majestic river provides a range of water activities.

Enjoy the rugged surrounds

Wisemans Ferry offers some great walking tracks with a variety of options available.

Walk the Convict Trail and view sections of the Great North Road that are still in their original condition. The Old Great North Road was built by chain gang convicts between 1826 and 1834. Carved from Hawkesbury sandstone the road was an outstanding engineering achievement for its time. A 2 hour round walk will take you through some of the most spectacular sections of the road and information interpretive signs have been place by the National Parks and wildlife service. The large sandstone blocks were carved and placed so well, that the wall still stands, perfectly aligned, today. Some of the more noteworthy features include Hangman’s Cave, original convict carved graffiti and the remains of a well and building foundations.

Venture up to Hawking Lookout on the western side of the Old Northern Road. The lookout offers spectacular views of the river. There is a convict trail marker at the lookout as well as picnic tables to relax and recharge.

There are also two walks into the Dharug National Park – The Grass Tree Curcuit Walking Track which is 2km long or the very challenging Circuit Track which is an 11km track featuring some steep climbs.

Cruises on the Hawkesbury River are also a very popular option allowing you to enjoy the peaceful waterways in a relaxing atmosphere. Whether you choose a guided cruise or to hire a houseboat or paddle a kayak under your own steam, there are many ways to enjoy the beautiful river and marvel at the surrounding rugged hillsides.

Wisemans Ferry park is a beautiful and popular riverside park which features gas and wood BBQ’s, a children’s playground, at kiosk, picnic areas and toilets.

Mill Creek Camping Area is only a short distance from the car ferry crossing and offers basic camping facilities (bookings required).

Enjoy the historic features of Wisemans Ferry including the beautiful old sandstone, Wisemans Ferry Inn, which was Solomon Wiseman’s original residence. The Wisemans Ferry cemetery features many graves from the colonial period which will give you a feeling for the hardships of the times.

The Hawkesbury River Car Ferries have been operating since 1827 and are worth a visit themselves.

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