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The Convict Trail Project

Trail Itinerary

Bucketty to Mt Manning

This important short section of the Great North Road is the last remaining section that is still both a public road and a ‘dirt’ or gravel road, it is accessed from Tourist route 33.

At Bucketty, just one hour’s drive north of Hornsby, a T-junction allows entry to the old road to Wiseman’s Ferry via Mogo Creek and St Albans.

The first 4 kilometers section of this road, from Bucketty to Mount Manning, provides an excellent introduction to the Great North Road and is suitable for visitors with decreased mobility.

Bucketty Precinct Great North Road Convict TrailBucketty Precinct is a hidden gem along the Great North Road. This site contains all the main elements of the Great North Road: the remains of a small bridge, good quality walling, cut sandstone drains, stone culverts and some original road surface pictured below. In the 1940s the small bridge was replaced with a large pipe packed round with stones concreted in place.

“Dennis’s Dog Kennel” (a genuine but unexplained historic name) was the camp furthest south for the Newcastle-based convict work gangs.

The St Albans Road ramp section of the road is unique with stone walling both sides of the road. A small quarry site is located nearby and well worth a look. This section of the road is open to cars but unsealed so road condition can vary.


To download the Convict Trail brochure on Bucketty please click here


Original road surface Bucketty Great north road convict trail

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.