New South Wales
|Length||172 km (107 mi)|
|Major suburbs||Mount Thorley, Bulga, Howes Valley, Putty, Colo Heights, Colo, Wilberforce|
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (June 2008)|
The Putty Road is very historic, closely following the Bulga Road (named after the Bulga Creek), first explored by John Howe, Chief Constable of Windsor, being the first road to link Sydney to the Hunter Valley. It was opened in 1823 and was initially a popular cattle-rustling route.
Today, the road is fully sealed and passes through Colo and the Wollemi National Park (where the rare Wollemi Pine can be found). The original specimen of the rare Wollemi Stringybark was collected beside the road. This road is narrow and winding in places and very scenic. It can be hazardous during wet weather. The Putty Road enters the Hunter Valley at the northern end of the Howes Creek gorge. The road is popular with tourists, motorcyclists and cyclists.
The Golden Highway uses around 2 km of The Putty Road near Singleton and the eastern end of the Golden Highway can be used to get to the New England Highway, bypassing Singleton.