Evans' glowing accounts of the discovered lands and the newly named Macquarie and Lachlan Rivers encouraged Governor Macquarie to commission William Cox to build a road from Emu Ferry to the Bathurst plains.
Cox set out on his journey from Sydney in 1814, with thirty convicts and eight soldiers to construct a new track terminating on the banks of the Macquarie River. In just six months they built 101 miles (163km) of road through rugged mountain country, constructing over a dozen bridges and splitting hundreds of posts and rails. Evidence of the work completed by these men can still be seen today on the descent from Mount York.
source: Bathurst 2795, Bathurst Regional Council, 2011, Land and Property Information