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The Convict Trail is the name given to The Great North Road as it travels through the Baulkham Hills and Hornsby Shires. The Great North Road is the overland route between Sydney and Newcastle built by convicts between 1826 and 1836. It totals some 240km of convict build cobblestone road.
Not all of the road remains, but large sections of the original road can still be viewed, especially in the national parks of the Hawkesbury region. One of the most accessible sections of the old convict road is located near Wisemans Ferry. This section within Dharug National Park includes impressive sandstone walls and buttresses, sandstone culverts and other reminders of the convict age.
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Though not the first church building built in Australia, the Ebenezer Church is the oldest church building extant in Australia. It was however, the first Presbyterian Church building built in Australia.
The church building can be visited from 10.00am daily. The various buildings, photograph collection and cemetery can all be viewed. A small cafe and gift shop is also available.
The church building is located in Coromandel Road, Ebenezer (Ph: 02 4579 9350).
Hawkesbury Regional Museum:
The Hawkesbury Regional Museum is located in Thompson Square (7 Thompson Square) at Windsor. It is open daily from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday). The museum is housed in a heritage listed building.
Rouse Hill Estate:
Rouse Hill Estate was built by Richard Rouse in 1813. The estate is open to visitors on Thursdays and weekends between 10am and 2pm. Fees apply for the guided tours of the estate (guided tours only). Bookings are essential.
Rouse Hill Estate is located off Windsor Road on Guntawong Road, Rouse Hill NSW 2155. Phone on (02) 9627 6777.
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Wisemans Ferry Inn and Park:
Wisemans Ferry Park is located on the Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry.
The Wisemans Ferry Inn was the original home of Solomon Wiseman, the original ferry operator at Wisemans Ferry.
ACCOMMODATION AND RESOURCE LINKS:
- Hawkesbury Hideaways
This site has a listing of bed and breakfast type accommodation available in the Hawkesbury region.
- Hills Visitor Information Centre
656B Old Northern Road
Ph: (02) 9651 4411
Ph: 1800 644 557
- Hornsby Visitor Information Centre
28-44 George Street
Ph: (02) 9847 6683
- Featherdale Wildlife Park
217 Kildare Road
Ph: (02) 9622 1644
The wildlife park has over 2 200 animals from over 320 different species.
- Fernbrook Garden and Botanical Gallery
- Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler
- Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Bells Line of Road, Via Bilpin
Ph: (02) 4567 2154
National Parks and Reserves:
There are a number of national parks, nature reserves, state conservation areas and other parks located within the Hawkesbury region. Kevin's Wilderness Journeys has detailed descriptions of these at the links below:
Kevin's Wilderness Journeys Homepage
New South Wales
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