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Wisemans Ferry

New South Wales, Australia

Wisemans Ferry
The ferry over the Hawkesbury River

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Wisemans Ferry
Established: 1827
Postcode: 2775
Parish: Cornelia, Frederick
State District: Gosford, Hawkesbury
Federal Division: Berowra, Macquarie, Robertson
Localities around Wisemans Ferry:
Colo Heights Lower Macdonald Lower Macdonald
Webbs Creek Wisemans Ferry Gunderman
Leets Vale Maroota Laughtondale

Wisemans Ferry is a town north of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Wisemans Ferry is located 75 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government areas of Hornsby Shire, The Hills Shire, City of Hawkesbury and City of Gosford. The town is a tourist spot with picnic and barbecue facilities. As well as a rich convict and colonial heritage in the area, the Dharug National Park and Yengo National Park are close by.


The town is named after Solomon Wiseman, a former convict (1778–1838), who received a land grant in the area from Governor Macquarie in 1817.[1] Wiseman established a ferry service on the Hawkesbury River in 1827 for the transport of produce and provisions to the convicts building the Great North Road and was known to many as King of the Hawkesbury.[2]

Wisemans Ferry Post Office opened on 1 January 1857.[3]


Today, two ferry services cross the Hawkesbury River from the town of Wisemans Ferry. The eponymous Wisemans Ferry crosses the river to a point down-stream of its confluence with the Macdonald River, connecting with the old Great North Road. Webbs Creek Ferry crosses to a point upstream of the confluence, connecting with the St Albans Road that follows the west bank of the Macdonald River.[4]

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Coordinates: 33°22′55″S 150°59′06″E / -33.382, 150.985


  1. ^ "Wisemans Ferry". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Reed, A.W. (1969) Place-Names of New South Wales: Their Origins and Meanings, p. 151. Sydney: A.H & A.W. Reed
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vehicle ferries". New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 

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