Wiseman Ferry and the Great North Road: A story of settlement and struggle
Welcome to Wiseman Ferry, a historic town on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, where you can discover the stories of the early settlers, convicts and riverboats that shaped this region. Join me on a walking tour that takes you back to the 19th century when this town was a vital link between Sydney and the Hunter Valley.
Our tour starts in the town centre and heads north to the ferry crossing where Solomon Wiseman, a former convict, established a successful business and gave his name to the town. We explore the old buildings and landmarks that reflect the town's role as a river port and farming community. You will see how the settlers adapted to the challenges of living in this fertile but flood-prone area and how they contributed to the colony's food supply.
We also learn about the Great North Road, an ambitious project to build a road from Sydney to the Hunter Valley using convict labour. You will marvel at the impressive stonemasonry and engineering feats the convicts achieved in harsh conditions. You will also learn why the road was soon abandoned and became known as the Old Great North Road.
The highlight of our tour is a walk along a section of the Old Great North Road that is part of the World Heritage-listed Convict Sites of Australia. This is a rare opportunity to see an intact example of the original road that has not been developed or altered. You will feel like you are stepping back in time as you travel along this scenic and historic road.
So come along and join me on this fascinating tour of Wiseman Ferry where you can experience the rich heritage and natural beauty of this unique place!
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