Work to repair Bridle Track finally begins

Work has begun on restoring the historic Bridle Track between Bathurst and Hill End in NSW.

Paul Toole, NSW Minister and the local member for Bathurst, recently announced that work has commenced to repair the historic convict-built Bridle Track between Bathurst and Hill End, NSW.


A rockfall along the Bridle Track at Monaghans Bluff occurred in 2010, causing significant damage and making the track impassable.

Bridle Track damage - 1

A detour along the Root Hog Fire Trail was implemented but this was blocked on several occasions as it ran through private property. In a recent interview, Paul Toole told Prime 7 that three properties have been acquired to allow the corridor to be reopened.

As reported on in 2018, Paul Toole announced that the NSW State Government would support the Bathurst Regional Council in reopening the Bridle Track with a $2 million investment and now, almost 11 years after the rockfall first occurred, works have finally commenced to effect those repairs. The works will see a 2km detour around the top of the escarpment near the damaged section of track.

Bridle Track repair

With plenty of great camping spots beside the Macquarie River, the reopening of the Bridle Track will be great news for four-wheel drivers, anglers, riders campers and adventurers, as well as the residents and business owners in the historic gold-mining town of Hill End.

It is expected that the works will be completed to repair the Bridle Track in around 12 months.


As always, we’ll keep you posted on any updates and when the new repaired part of the track has been opened.

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