4 hrs 30 mins
Old Great North Road
(0km) Int of Wisemans Ferry Rd and OGNR → Hangmans Rock
(1.09km) Hangmans Rock → Int of OGNR and Finchs Line
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Finchs Line 500m’ arrow along the management trail, soon passing a culvert information display. The trail continues further up the gentle hill to reach the signposted intersection with the ‘Finchs Line’.
(2.2km) Int of OGNR and Finchs Line → Finchs Line Lookout Int
(4.03km) Finchs Line Lookout Int → Finchs Line Lookout
Finchs Line lookout
(4.03km) Finchs Line Lookout Int → Finchs Line Sth viewpoint
Finchs Line viewpoint
(5.21km) Finchs Line Sth viewpoint → Walk Bikes Signpost
(6.17km) Walk Bikes Signpost → Int of Finchs Line and Wisemans Ferry Rd
(7.4km) Int of Finchs Line and Wisemans Ferry Rd → Thomas James Bridge
Continue straight: From the northern end (Gosford approach) of Wisemans Ferry, the walk follows Wisemans Ferry Rd, keeping the river to the left. The walk soon arrives at the historic Thomas James Bridge.
Thomas James Bridge
(9.81km) Thomas James Bridge → Int of Wisemans Ferry Rd and OGNR
Maps for the Devines Hill and Finchs Line circuit walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Gunderman||1:25 000 Map Series||91313S GUNDERMAN||NSW-91313S|
|Lower Portland||1:25 000 Map Series||90312S LOWER PORTLAND||NSW-90312S|
|St Albans||1:25 000 Map Series||90312N ST ALBANS||NSW-90312N|
|Gosford||1:100 000 Map Series||9131 GOSFORD||9131|
|St Albans||1:100 000 Map Series||9031 ST ALBANS||9031|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||4 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3km has short steep hills. The remaining (1.8km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.5km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (1.2km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.
Around 5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.7km is clearly signposted.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.2km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 10km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
A relatively short walk with some really nice scenery and some of the historic highlights of the Old Great North Road. This walk climbs part of the well formed Devines Hill ascent. The remnants of the convict built road are impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock.
Total climbing: 176m
2.2 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
A great walk with some really nice scenery and plenty of history. This walk follows the well formed Devines Hill ascent portion of the Old Great North Road. The convict built road is impressive and there are good information signs along the trail. The visible remnants of the Old Great North Road include rock cuttings, stone retaining walls, an old quarry site and Hangmans Rock. It is also worth the very short walk down the hill from the start of the walk to have a look at the historic Thomas James bridge.
Total climbing: 257m
3.6 km Return
A great one-way walk which offers some beautiful scenery in the moist and shaded parts of Shepherds Gully, some bigger views on Devines Hill and plenty of Old Great North Road history. There are plenty of information signs along the way giving some good background on the convict build roads, making the walking more interesting. A short walk along Wisemans Ferry Rd from the end of the walk will also get you to the Thomas James Bridge, the oldest in-use bridge on mainland Australia.
Total climbing: 257m
4 km One way
The long, gentle climb along Shepherd’s Gully has some beautiful scenery and some historic remnants of the Old Great North Road. While the remnants of the road construction are not as impressive as those on the main Devines Hill ascent, they are still interesting. The optional side trip to Hangmans Rock takes you past an old convict stockade site and some of the construction remnants on the main Devines Hill ascent.
Total climbing: 244m
4.3 km Return
This pleasant walk follows part of the historic Finchs Line road, the original route for the Great North Road up the hills just north of Wisemans Ferry. The walk starts in moist, fern covered scenery and climbs to drier forest and some stunning views over the Hawkesbury river and Wisemans Ferry area from the unfenced Finchs Line viewpoint. There are other great views along the way too.
Total climbing: 373m
4.4 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
This walk follows a section of the Old Great North Road along the borders of the rugged Yengo and Dharug National Parks, to then visit more historic sites in Dubbo Gully. This is more of a historic journey than you typical bushwalk. There is a campsite at Ten Mile Hollow providing a comfortable place for the night before visiting the Historic Clare’s Bridge. Soon after Clare’s Bridge this walk leaves the old Great North Road to follow Donny’s Track down into Dubbo gully were you get to explore this historic farming area before walking out to Upper Mangrove. This walk is mostly on wide trails and therefore can also be done as a mountain bike ride.
Total climbing: 1372m
27.3 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This two day walk follows a series of historic roads along clear and wide management trails. This walk explores the great views from Western Commission Track, the sandstone handicraft on the Old Great North Road and the farming history of Ten Mile Hollow, and also offers a side trip to Clare’s Bridge. Camping at the well-established Ten Mile Hollow campsite, this walk is great for those who enjoy walking on trails, visiting convict sites and early settlement historic places.
Total climbing: 1249m
28.3 km One way
This excellent circuit walk offers a lot of beautiful scenery and views. Although shorter than the name suggests, it is a reasonably tough walk, with some steep rocky sections. The sections in the gullies and valleys are mostly very moist with lots of ferns, while the higher sections are through drier forest, so there is quite a bit of variety. There are also some lovely cliffs and boulder scenery at various points around the walk.
Total climbing: 634m
8.2 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
A beautiful walk along part of the 11km Circuit walk, climbing up through a beautiful moist gully before emerging to drier forest and a nice viewpoint. The walk provides a great variety of scenery with a mixture of vegetation and some great boulder and cliff scenery along the way. The climbs and descents are pretty steep at times but not too long.
Total climbing: 382m
4.5 km Return
2 hrs 15 mins
This beautiful circuit walk goes through a range of dry and wet forest along the valley, and offers some great views. There are plenty of grasstrees along the way to add to the scenery and the creek crossings are very picturesque. The optional side trip adds some beautiful rock overhangs to the scenery and gives a taste of the scenery on the longer 11km Circuit walk.
Total climbing: 109m
1.7 km Circuit
8.3 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
A great circuit walk in Popran National Park, to the beautiful Emerald Pool. This walk passes through a variety of vegetation and offers some great views along the way. Emerald Pool is a really beautiful spot and it is well worth spending some time exploring around the creek. The optional side trips along the 248 trail and to Mt Olive, add to the great views on the walk. If your car has reasonable ground clearance, you could drive to the Ironbark picnic area and start the walk from there.
Total climbing: 344m
10.8 km Circuit
4 hrs 15 mins
This walk, mostly in Popran National Park, passes through a great variety of scenery and beautiful views. The early part of the walk, along a ridgetop, is through relatively dry forest with some great views, while the steep but beautiful descent to Glenworth Valley is through moist, fern filled forest. The cafe at Glenworth Valley is open on weekends. There is also an optional sidetrip for some nice views from Mt Olive.
Total climbing: 492m
10.1 km Return
4 hrs 15 mins
A very nice walk to a viewpoint on top of Mt Olive, in Popran National Park. The walk passes through nice forest, and offers good views over Popran National Park from the top of Mt Olive. If you have a car with good ground clearance, you could drive to the picnic area, making the walk shorter.
Total climbing: 151m
4.4 km Return
This two day (or ten hour) walk follows several historic roads, now closed to traffic. Starting with a walk down to Dubbo Gully and past an old cemetery, you will then explore some old farms before coming to Simpsons Track. Here, head up the hill to come to the Ten Mile Hollow Campsite. The next day you will follow the Old Great North Road to Clare’s Bridge (second oldest bridge on mainland Australia). A bit further along the Old Great North Road, you then head down Donny’s track and return to the start via Dubbo Gully. A great way to explore the history and beauty of the area.
Total climbing: 1117m
24.3 km Circuit
An interesting walk with some great scenery, going to the small and interesting, historic cemetery at Upper Mangrove. Evidence of Aboriginal activity in the area stretches back at least 5000 years. Early European settlement in the area was concerned with timber, and produce farming, before the area also became established as a stop-off for travelers on the Great North Road.
Total climbing: 450m
7.2 km Return
3 hrs 15 mins
This short walk starts from the Somersby Falls picnic area and follows the series of waterfalls along Floods Creek. The picnic area provides barbeques, picnic tables, toilets and ample parking. This walk could make part of a great family day out in the area. The main falls drop onto a large rock platform and are best viewed after rain.
Total climbing: 39m
426 m Return
Starting with a walk through the streets of urban Somerbsy, you soon leave the farms and head into Palm Grove Nature Reserve. First you will follow the signposted track down the open dry ridge to the dense rainforest. In this valley you can explores the moist rainforest with towering Eucalypts, Strangler Fig trees, Cabbage Palms and a tangle of vines. From here walk up the rocky track to another dry ridge, where you can follow a side trip to a flat clearing and designated campsite. From near the campsite the track winds down through another moist forest and past more Cabbage Palms before coming to the signposted Ourimbah Valley Trackhead on Ourimbah Creek Road.
Total climbing: 194m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/dhaflc
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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