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Welcome to the Project

Modern Australia was founded as a convict settlement. Banished from their homeland, these men and women found themselves in a totally new environment – harsh, hot, dry and decidedly less fertile than the land they left behind. For many, the new colony provided an opportunity to become enterprising individuals who laid the foundation for a great nation. As the settlement grew, convicts were sent to build infrastructure such as roads and bridges and to open new industries. The Convict Trail is a monument to these former felons, and a tribute to their work.

Between 1804 and 1822 convicts who committed another crime after arriving in the Colony had been banished to the penal settlement at Newcastle, then only accessible by sea. In 1826 re-offending convicts were put to work on one of 19th century’s greatest engineering feats in Australia – the Great North Road.

Devines Hill by Kylie Christian

What is the Great North Road?

Extending north from Sydney to the Hunter Valley, the Convict Trail follows the route of the 240 km Great North Road, built between 1826 and 1836. Most of this road continues to be used today, offering an alternative, slower paced scenic route between Sydney and the Hunter, where one can explore the brilliant engineering works created by hundreds of convicts – many working in leg-irons.

Relics such as stone retaining walls, wharves, culverts, bridges and buttresses can still be seen along the entire length of the Great North Road – in Sydney suburbs like Epping and Gladesville, at Wisemans Ferry or Wollombi, Bucketty or Broke, or when walking in Dharug and Yengo National Parks.

CTP AGM Notification


Dear members,

This is to advise you of the upcoming 2018 annual general meeting of the members of Convict Trail Project Incorporated. The details of the meeting are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019

 Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

 Place: Dural Memorial Hall, 604 Old Northern Rd, Dural NSW 2158

Attached are:

  • the agenda for this meeting
  • the minutes of the last annual general meeting
  • nomination form for membership of the board.

At the meeting, members will have the opportunity to:

  • find out about Convict Trail Project Incorporated operations and finances
  • ask questions about the operations and finances of Convict Trail Project Incorporated
  • speak about any items on the agenda
  • vote on any resolutions proposed.

At the meeting, members will be asked to vote to:

  • accept the minutes of the last annual general meeting
  • accept the annual report
  • accept the annual financial statements
  • elect board members.

Please note that following the AGM there will be light refreshments served for your enjoyment.

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Download a Map

Convict Trail MapThe NEW and updated map of the Great North Road is available in visitor information centres and is also available for download here.

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