The Great North Road, which includes the current day Old Northern Road, extended from Sydney to the Hunter Valley and was constructed by convict gangs between 1826 and 1836.

The road is an item of national heritage significance, providing a direct material record of convict labour and tangible evidence of the development of the colony of Sydney.

In recognition of its significance, the 'Convict Trail Project' was established in the early 1990s and compromises a number of community and government organisations with an interest and role in the conservation, management and promotion of the roadway.For more information on the Convict Trail go to

An important product of the project has been the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan (Stage 1) for the Great North Road.