Area Info


View of the Hawkesburry River

Wisemans Ferry

Found in the heartland of the Hawkesbury River is the quaint river settlement of Wisemans Ferry, about 60km north-west of Sydney’s CBD. Surrounded by beautiful national parks – Dharug to the north and east, Yengo to the north-west, Cattai to the west, and Marramarra to the south – Wisemans Ferry is an idyllic town on one of the country’s most famous waterways. TORRENS WATER-SKI GARDENS is only minuets away from the heart of this charming little township.

Wisemans Ferry popularity has come from its rural charm. The sandstone cliffs that ring the town are typically Australian, providing a unique view of authentic country lifestyle less than 40 minutes north-west of Hornsby. The area abounds in Aboriginal and European history.

The town was originally called Lower Portland Headland, but the name was eventually changed to Wisemans Ferry, named after Solomon Wise a former convict (1778–1838), who received a land grant in the area from Governor Macquarie in 1817.

Wisemans Ferry Attractions:-

Wisemans Ferry Inn:- Established in 1827 The Wisemans Inn Hotel still retains all the charm and heritage of its time. Now run and operated by former Australian Wallaby Bill Young, you can be assured off some great country hospitality. With a bistro serving great meals and activity hall along side pokies and cold drinks on tap, it offers you a feel of living history.

Convict Road

Along the Convict Road

The Old Convict Rd:- The 4850ha Dharug National Park contains 16km of the convict-built Old Great NorthRoad that once connected Sydney and Newcastle.Visitors can walk the first 1.6km section of the old road, or stroll along the 1.6km Grass Tree Circuit – a good walk for families – or picnic at Mill Creek or Hazel Dell. The park is also a popular destination for mountain biking (bikes must be walked up Devines Hill), while car-based and small-caravan camping is available at Mill Creek. Backpack camping is permitted at Ten Mile Hollow.

The Great North Road:-By 1825 Surveyor Heneage Finch had surveyed a route from Sydney to Newcastle through Castle Hill. It reached Wisemans Ferry by 1828 but difficulties occurred when it started across the river. Major Mitchell surveyed a new route west of the ferry crossing which was known as the Ten Mile Hollow. Work began in early 1829 and was completed six months later. Up to 520 convicts were employed to carve the road out of solid bedrock. In some places the steep stone retaining walls were up to 12 metres high and supported by massive buttresses. It is now part of the Great North Road and has been classified by the National Trust.

St Albans Folk Festival:- St Albans Folk Festival is 3 big days and nights of music, fun and frivolity presented by some of Australia’s best folk musicians, dance presenters, poets and singers in a unique atmosphere centred on the historic village of St Albans on the banks of the McDonald River.



The Old Great Northern Rd – Wisemans Ferry