The name ‘Wollombi’ is derived from the Aboriginal meaning ‘meeting place or ‘meeting place of the waters’. The valley is rich in both convict / colonial history and Aboriginal cultural sites.
Wollombi is located at the junction of the Great North Road and was established in the 1830’s as the administrative centre of the district.
Colonial History – By the 1870’s, 50 years after white settlement in the Hunter Valley, Wollombi was a thriving township with two churches, a court and police force, a school with nearly 100 students, two general stores, a butcher, blacksmith, wagon builder and harness maker.
The Convict Trail – This is the name for the Great North Road, a 240km convict built masterpiece constructed between 1826 and 1836 to provide an overland route from Sydney to Newcastle.
The Endeavour Museum – Our local museum contains an interesting collection from the colonial past of the Cessnock and Wollombi districts. The museum is right in the centre of the village, with a shaded picnic area in the grounds.
Aboriginal History – Today rock carvings and cave paintings found in the area stand as a visual reminder of the spiritual ties Aborigines held with the region. The Hunter Valley is home to over 300 Aboriginal sites dating back over 13,000 years, and well-preserved Aboriginal engravings can be viewed in a number of locations in Yengo National Park and the Watagans.