2 hrs

4.3 km Return

244 m

Moderate track
The long, gentle climb along Shepherd’s Gully has some beautiful scenery and some historic remnants of the Old Great North Road. While the remnants of the road construction are not as impressive as those on the main Devines Hill ascent, they are still interesting. The optional side trip to Hangmans Rock takes you past an old convict stockade site and some of the construction remnants on the main Devines Hill ascent.

Maps for the Shepherds Gully walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Lower Portland 1:25 000 Map Series 90312S LOWER PORTLAND NSW-90312S
St Albans 1:25 000 Map Series 90312N ST ALBANS NSW-90312N
St Albans 1:100 000 Map Series 9031 ST ALBANS 9031

Cross sectional view of the Shepherds Gully bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Shepherds Gully

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 4.3 km
Time 2 hrs

Grade 3/6

Moderate track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 2.1km has short steep hills.

Quality of track

This whole walk, 2.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


This whole walk, 2.1km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 2.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 2.1km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 2.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Shepherds Gully walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Shepherds Gully walk.

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂