Cox’s Road Walk
Walk down the best preserved section of the original 1814 Cox's Road with a Guide to tell you stories of the men who built the road. Hear the stories of how William Cox with a team of convicts and some soldiers built the first road over the Blue Mountains. Proudly presented by the Blue Mountains Branch National Trust of Australia (NSW)
From a opportunity to view the valley beyond the lookout at Mt York, enjoy some tea or coffee and home made biscuits, then set out on your guided walk down the steep, and best preserved section of Cox’s Road. Hear the stories of all the men who built, some of the difficulties they faced, but their rewards when they finally reached Bathurst. In 1814 Governor Macquarie asked William Cox to supervise the building of a road from Emu Plains, over the mountains, following as closely as they could, the route mapped out by George Evans. The colony was running out of space and needed the lush pastures on the other side of the mountains.
Cox selected 30 convicts who looked strong and capable enough for the work. their freedom on completion was to be their reward.
Our walk will finish with a substantial lunch, and then, unlike the original road makers, we will provide a bus to take us back up the hill to where we left our cars.