|Start||At the intersection of Settlers Road & Old Great North Road (-33.375215,150.9848525)|
|Mode||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)|
|Directions||From Peats Ridge Road Offramp|
|Turn map||Directions & comments|
At the intersection of Settlers Road & Old Great North Road Start heading along Old Great North Road (a vehicle track).
After another 8 m find the "Old Great North Road" (on your left).
The historic Great North Road was built using convict labour between 1826 and 1836 (this section south of Wollombi was completed in 1832). The road formed a link between Sydney and the Hunter Valley, including Newcastle. There are visible remnants of the original work in bridges, retaining walls and other structures along the way. The 'Convict Trail Project' has member groups involved in the conservation of historical remnants along the road. The Convict Trail Project and the NPWS have erected information signs at various points to illustrate the history. The Convict Trail Project has an excellent website for further reading.
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.
|Time||1 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min|
|Quality of track||Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)|
|Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Signage||Clearly signposted (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|