Divided by the iconic Hawkesbury River, Wisemans Ferry is a small country town nestled between some of Australia’s best national parks. This peaceful getaway also boasts historic buildings, riverside parks, a popular lookout and an iconic river ferry crossing.
Things to do in Wisemans Ferry
Learn about the town’s founding Londoner, Solomon Wiseman, at the 19th-century Wisemans Inn Hotel, which still retains much of its original sandstone foundations. Kick back with a beer or hearty meal of Australian fare while learning of Solomon’s convict connections. Don’t forget to check out Solomon Wiseman’s statue nearby.
More history and culture awaits at the 19th-century St Mary Magdalene's Church of England, which was built by Solomon Wiseman and continues to hold services today. Afterwards, pay respect to some of Australia’s most iconic individuals at the Wisemans Ferry Cemetery, which is the resting place of Peter Hibbs, who travelled to Australia with Captain James Cook in 1770.
Are you searching for beautiful views of the river and countryside? Head to Hawkins Lookout, which is near the centre of town. Here you can relax as you soak up uninterrupted vistas of the Hawkesbury River. Learn about the convicts that helped create the surrounding towns by following The Convict Trail, which features informative displays on convict history.
Several national parks provide excellent day trips from Wisemans Ferry, especially the 30-minute drive to Dharug National Park, which boasts walking and mountain biking trails past rivers and sandstone cliffs. Don’t miss experiencing the Blue Mountains National Park, which reveals cascading waterfalls, charming alpine villages and lush Heritage-listed rainforest.
Getting around Wisemans Ferry
Wisemans Ferry is an easy 1.5-hour drive from Sydney via Old Northern Road or a 2.5-hour drive from Newcastle. It’s best to have your own vehicle to explore the town and surrounding areas, while two ferries provide passage across the Hawkesbury River.