Colonial and Aboriginal heritage
Next to World Heritage-listed Yengo National Park, the village of Wollombi is on the route of the convict-built Great North Road. Explore fine colonial buildings and enjoy wine tasting, bushwalking and Aboriginal guided tours of significant rock art and carvings.
The beautiful village of Wollombi traces its colonial heritage to the convict-built Great North Road, which linked Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Surveyed in 1825, the road was completed in 1836 and spanned 264km. Remnants of the road in the Hawkesbury are on the World Heritage list.
Wollombi retains its colonial past in fine buildings, including St Michael’s Church, St John’s Church and Endeavour Museum, the former courthouse. Accommodation options suit various budgets, and you can even stay in a beautifully restored Georgian colonial building in the heart of the village.
Just two hours’ drive north of Sydney – longer if you take the scenic Tourist Drive 33 – and 80 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Wollombi will charm you with a delightful mix of cafes, shops, a country pub and vineyards and cellar doors, such as Wollombi Wines and Undercliff Winery. The Wollombi Music Festival, Sculpture in the Vineyards and Wollombi Markets are drawcards, too.
Nearby is the spectacular Yengo National Park, part of the vast Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Great for bushwalking, take the Finchley cultural walk to significant Aboriginal rock engravings. Ngurra Bu also offer Aboriginal-led tours of Yengo and Baiame Cave, near Broke, where you’ll see indigenous rock paintings and hear the local Dreamtime story of the creator.