The Great North Road

Australian Heritage Council

National Heritage Assessment
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons

About this assessment

The Australian Heritage Council found the Great North Road of outstanding national heritage significance.  In 1826, under the orders of Governor Darling, convicts began to build the road.  A decade later the completed Great North Road stretched for 250km linking Castle Hill, just west of Sydney, to the fertile Hunter Valley. The segment of the Great North Road assessed by the AHC contains a rich array of features associated with convict road building, including traces of the first road, archaeological remains of a convict stockade, massive retaining walls, buttresses and culverts. There is also a rare collection of features, not least convict graffiti (including a carving of a man with a hat and pipe). The AHC found the Great North Road significant in the story of major public works undertaken in the colonial administration; and with its massive structures intact in the unaltered bushland setting, the road provides a vivid sense of the conditions in which the convict road gangs toiled.

The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.

In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for The Great North Road .