Hawkesbury River and the Old Great North Road
By the early 1820's the British Colony was expanding rapidly. A suitable route for a road North from the Hawkesbury was needed. A number of aboriginal tracks were found and thus the Old Great North Road began. The Wiseman Ferry section is built between 1826 and 1836 of 700 convicts working on the road at any one time.
Most of this road continues to be used today, offering an alternative, slower paced scenic route between Sydney and the Hunter Valley, where you can explore engineering works created by convicts - many working in leg-irons. The oldest bridge in mainland Australia is still in use, close to Wisemans Ferry.
The Old Great North Road at Wisemans Ferry has in 2010 been included in the World Heritage List, UNESCO.
St Albans New Cemetery
A large group of early settlers, even first fleeter are buried here and in St Albans General Cemetery.
The Wisemans Inn.
Their website tells us: “Established in 1827 The Wisemans Inn Hotel still retains all the charm and heritage of its time”.
It’s true. If you are in the neighbourhood you have to visit the pub.
“Established in 1836, the Settlers Arm Inn is built from convict - hewn sandstone. Surrounded by mountains, it nestles alongside the Macdonald River within the tiny village of St. Albans, the heart of the Macdonald Valley.”
Yeah right. The place's substantial history is its strongest card, but beware of the coffee.
There are 40 million kangaroos in Australia but I only spotted two of them.