With 360-degree views of four national parks, how could this small historic town not be in our Top 100? With 360-degree views of four national parks, how could this small historic town not be in our Top 100? On the edge of the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, Wisemans Ferry is a popular destination for visitors escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Established by convict Solomon Wiseman in 1817, the town is well known for its quaint ferry services that run across the river to St Albans, the Hunter Valley and Gosford. Originally created to transport goods to Sydney and convicts working on the Great Northern Road, the ferry now caters to sightseers who cross the river.

The area could be mistaken for a fairytale hideaway, set around by the Dharug, Yengo, Cattai and Marramarra National Parks that offer plenty of activities, be it walking, riding or exploring the convict past of the region. Carved out of solid rock by convicts between 1826-1836, the Great Northern Road can still be travelled on today and has a distinctive 19th Century feel to it. This feeling continues on Wisemans Ferry’s main street, particularly in its Inn. Originally built by Solomon Wiseman in 1826, the sandstone building even has a convict ghost.

Where? //
75km (1hr 15mins) northwest of Sydney.

Did you know? // In the nearby Marramarra National Parks is the Maroota Historic Site (Devil’s Rock), listed on the National Trust for its rock engravings. It contains more than 60 engravings, including one unique engraving of a sailing ship with a figure on it. Access, however, is restricted to Aboriginal and educational groups.

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