Bridle Track is an exciting 4WD track located in Hill End, a former gold mining town in New South Wales, Australia, in Bathurst Regional Council. The Bridle Track runs from Duramana, northwest of Bathurst, to the old mining town of Hill End.
Due its unique location, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. It is approximately 60km long, and in 4WD terms, can be graded 'easy'. So easy in fact that driven carefully, a conventional vehicle could manage the entire distance, though extreme care would be required on some of the steeper, shaly sections of the road.
The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. The Bridle Track begins as a narrow ribbon of bitumen running through picturesque grazing land in rolling country. It later becomes dirt, but it's easy driving, though some caution is needed on sweepers, particularly after a long dry spell, when the road surface can be very loose. In these conditions, dust can also be a problem, so leave plenty of distance between vehicles if travelling in a group. If it rains, the road surface becomes slippery rather than boggy, requiring careful driving, even in a 4WD.
According to the local government, there are a lot of rules to follow when driving on this road:
The track is 4WD only. There are not guard rails, includes steep edges and inclines, and there are falling rocks. It’s forbidden to trailers and caravans. This narrow winding road is very slippery when wet and includes creek crossings, floodways and flash flooding. When travelling on the Bridle track be sure to take a spare tyre and do not speed or travel the last 20kms at night. If a car is coming from the other direction you may have to reverse quite a few kms around blind corner mountainsides with 1000 foot drops... it is a very dangerous journey at night in any vehicle. On the Monaghan’s Bluff, use extreme caution, with lights on. The track is one lane only, it’s forbidden to stop for any reason, and it’s necessary to sound horn on bends.