Steeped in aboriginal history, the Wollombi Valley is as sacred a place to the Darkinjung tribe as Uluru is to the Northern Australian aboriginal tribes. The name ‘Wollombi’ means ‘meeting place’ and it held great significance for the local tribes that used the area as a ceremonial meeting place.
Today, rock carvings and cave paintings found in the area stand as a visual reminder of the spiritual ties Aborigines held with the region. Well-preserved Aboriginal engravings can be viewed in a number of locations in Yengo National Park and the Watagans. You can also learn about local Aboriginal culture at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.
TD33 is itself a historical treasure, forming part of the convict built Great North Road linking Sydney to the fertile soils of the Hunter Valley. With hand-cut, heavy stonework and stone-lined culverts making up the elaborate drainage system along the route, upon its completion in 1833 The Great North Road was a state-of-the-art civil engineering feat. Some of the original timber bridges are still in use and stone culverts visible when you travel along TD33.
Nestled in the Lower Hunter Valley (2 hours from Sydney - 1 hourr from the Central Coast and Newcastle) is the historic village of Wollombi.
Yango walking track in Yengo National Park takes hikers through pristine wilderness, including rainforest, and offers outstanding views.
An easy 1km walk that takes in the historic buildings and surrounds of Wollombi. A map is available at the Wollombi Museum.
Uninterrupted views of Yengo and Wollemi wilderness areas are the reward for the short, steep climb to Mount Yengo lookout.
Finchley Trig offers 360-degree views over the park, with a viewing platform and interpretation board, and a well-preserved aboriginal engraving site nearby.
Mountain bike or walk the Old Great North Road. It’s an important piece of Australia’s history and part of the Convict Sites of Australia World Heritage Area.
Stroll through the bush and see the animals roaming free, visit ancient Aboriginal sites and learn about bush tucker, or even stay overnight with a 'Wild Night Out'.
The Convict Trail is the name for convict built Great North Road, the surrounding land and historic buildings. This convict built masterpiece is part of Tourist Drive 33.
Stroll 5.5kms through Yengo National Park to Circuit Flat Bridge – the fourth-oldest bridge in Australia, built by convicts in 1831.
Wollombi’s local museum contains an interesting collection from the rich colonial past of the Cessnock and Wollombi districts.