The Bridle Track

The Bridle Track is the most well known four wheel drive track in Bathurst. Originally built as the first road between Bathurst and Hill End during the gold rush. It earned its name by due to the narrowest sections where travellers had to guide their horses by the the bridle. Following landslides in 2010 the track was cut in two impassable for its full length. While work is underway to restore the track there are 2 trails you can take to explore the Bridle Track today. 
While the maps below are great for seeing the track, we advise programming the trip into your own GPS or navigation system, as cell coverage for google maps may not be available on the trail. For those looking to camp on the Bridle Track see the map side bar on the left to toggle on camping spots. 
Trailers are not allowed on the Bridle Track.
Bridle Track route 1: Box Ridge Road Return
The Box Ridge Road Return track is the easier trail of the two Bridle Track trails and can be attempted by beginner drivers without much difficulty. Taking between 1 hour and 45 minutes and 2 hours to complete this track offers access to 4 of the 8 Bridle Track campsites see the google map left side bar to toggle on campsites in the map.
Track directions:
1. From the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre follow Durham Street into Eglington road for 2 km.
2. Turn right on Hamilton Street to cross Ranken’s Bridge.
3. Continue for 1 km and turn left onto Wellington Road.
4. Take the second onto Duramana Road and continue on for 7.5 km, until you reach the left hand fork for the Bridle track.
5. Take the left hand fork onto the Bridle Track and Continue for 22 km, until you reach the right turn to Box Ridge Road.
6. Turn onto Box Ridge Road to return to Bathurst, or continue on the Bridle Track to access the campsites (see the left hand map side bar to toggle on campsites). 
Bridle Track route 2: Root Hog Road to Hill End
The Root Hog Road offers another trail to traverse the Bridle track. For more experienced drivers this track requires a river crossing and tire depressurising to traverse. However does allow for travel from Bathurst to Hill End via the Bridle Track and access to 4 of the 8 Bridle Track Campsites. See left sidebar on map to toggle on campsites. 
Track Directions:
1. From the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre follow Durham Street into Eglington road for 2 km.
2. Turn right on Hamilton Street to cross Ranken’s Bridge.
3. Continue for 1 km and turn left onto Wellington Road, follow through into the Freemantle road. 
4. Continue on the Freemantle Road for 40 km until you reach a fork in the road for the Root Hog Road. Turn right at the fork to enter the Root Hog Road. (there may be signs present indicating that the road traverses private property. Please respect these signs and stick to the road)
5. Follow the Root hog Road until you get to the Macquarie/Wambuul River (in this section there is a steep decline it is recommended that you depressurise your tires to increase traction on this section). 
6. Cross the river (at -33.09269, 149.39867) and turn left onto the Bridle Track.
7. Follow through the Bridle Track to Hill End. In you are looking to camp on the Bridle Track toggle on campsites in the map side bar for more information.