Route Summary Level short walk to a historic convict era site
The most direct route is Honeysuckle Road from Ross, a distance of about 44k. The road leaves the Tooms Lake Road about 18k from Ross and is initially a low standard but not overly rough gravel road for a large part of the distance, but does become rougher over the last third of the way. The former bridge over the Macquarie River no longer exists and ends at a rock barrier just prior to the river. A track leaves the road at the bottom of a dip a few hundred metres before the barrier (at S42° 08.8216 E147° 49.5031) and this gives an easy walk to the ruins of former settlement for the construction workers. The dam site can also be visited from this western side of the river. A GPX file can be downloaded.
|Ruins at probation station|
From the road the track is a wide being a 4wd type and is fairly level to a point where it drops to a weir on the Macquarie River. At the high point though there is a marked walking track going to the ruins of the probation station. Quite a number of the remains of buildings are there and it is interesting to wander about the site. Part way along a side goes east to overlook the dam site and the embankments built on both sides by the workforce. Another very short side track goes to a grave.
The river can have crossed at the weir or at the embankment, although that is steep, and a sandstone quarry visited and coffer dam and Long Marsh itself.Map Colonels 1:25
Last Updated  Saturday, 2 April 2016
Route Grade Short and relatively easy
Route Distance Klms 4.5
Time Hours allow 3 hours to see most of the site
Google Bushwalks Blog which includesa bit of the site history