|At the intersection of Settlers Road & Shepherds Gully Road (-33.3550091,150.9824479)
|Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Special (Wisemans Ferry Dialacar provides a taxi style mini-bus service based in Wisemans Ferry. The cost is typically about $1 per km (ex Wisemans Ferry). They will pick-up and drop-off from Sydney or the Central Coast and will happily drop walkers off or pick them up from tracks in the area. The cost for a pick-up from Gosford and drop off near Wisemans Ferry would be approximately $150 (please call for up-to-date pricing) and the minivan can carry up to 13 passengers. Phone: 0448 122 374)
|From Pacific Motorway, M1
|Directions & comments
At the intersection of Settlers Road & Shepherds Gully Road Start heading along Shepherds Gully Road (a vehicle track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Hangmans Rock. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip veer right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Continue another 1.9 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
About 70 m past the end is "Devines Hill".
Devines Hill is a historically significant area on the Old Great North Road, near present day Wisemans Ferry, NSW. There are substantial remnants visible here, including cuttings, retaining walls and quarry sites. There were 3 main road lines built at different times to climb the hills just north of Wisemans Ferry, starting with Finchs Line to the east, followed by the Devines Hill ascent and then Shepherds Gully, to the west. Information signs in the area provide some interesting historical background and the 'Convict Trail Project' has an excellent website for further reading.
|Directions & comments
At the intersection of Shepherds Gully Road & Old Great North Road Start heading along Old Great North Road (a vehicle track).
Hangmans Rock is beside the historic Old Great North Road, near Wisemans Ferry, NSW. This beautiful sandstone cave/overhang has some steps and a bench seat cut into it and is part of the history of the convict built OGNR. It is uncertain what purpose the spot served, but stories that convicts were hanged through the hole in the roof of the cave appear unlikely to be true, despite giving a name to the atmospheric spot.
|1 h 45 min to 2 h
|Quality of track
|Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
|Short steep hills (3/6)
|Clearly signposted (1/6)
|Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
|No experience required (1/6)
|Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)