Background

In August 2010 the historic road known as The Bridle Track that connects Bathurst to Hill End in the Central West of NSW, Australia became “Temporarily” closed by a rock fall at Monaghan’s Bluff.  The Bridle Track has been an access road to Hill End of both great historical and more recently tourism significance for 160 years, in addition to it’s continual use as an access road by local farmers and emergency services.

The road is of such significance because of its history and its spectacular route along the Macquarie River, that it is now covered by its own Conservation Management Plan.

The Bridle Track is rated as one of the ton ten 4WD routes in Australia, and is located only three hours drive from Sydney.

The tourist drive loop of Bathurst, The Bridle Track, Hill End, Sofala and Mudgee is one of the most scenic drives in NSW, following the Macquarie River Valley and accessing some of the best inland river camping areas in NSW.

Why The Bridle Track Must be Reopened

  1. The road is a critical access route to the Macquarie River for farmers an visitors.
  2. The road is of great heritage significance, dating back to the 1850 goldfields.
  3. The Bridle Track is essential for bush fire fighting.  If people are trapped by bushfire in the very steep local country then the road, when open, provides two necessary escape routes to either Bathurst or Hill End
  4. Large numbers of 4WD visitors and campers previously used the road for recreation.  The closure of the through road has virtually eliminated tourism to the Bruinbun area, and impacted very negatively on the economy of Hill End and Bathurst area.

Who are We?

The Bridle Track Action Group (BTAG) is an association formed by a small group of local residents, who are predominantly farmers living and working along The Bridle Track.

The Objectives of BTAG are:

  1. To lobby State, Federal and Local Goverment to facilitate the reopening of The Bridle Track
  2. Beyond getting the road reopened, we want to improve the long term condition of, and maintenance of The Bridle Track

How can you help us?

Residents and visitors who need access via the Bridle Track or just love to fish, camp, picnic and 4WD along the Macquarie River have been denied access for 8 years by government.

Both Local and State Government have completely stonewalled the re-opening of this Heritage public road, and we need your support to show them how important it is that this road be reopened.