The bridle track - currently open?

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I'm thinking about taking the kids on a 3 or 4 day trip to Bathurst, hill end, Sofala and capertee.

I've heard that the bridle track was recently closed due to a rockfall. Can anyone confirm if its open yet?
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Reply By: Axle - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:28

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:28
Yagon, give Bathurst Tourist imfo centre a ring, they will let you know whats going on, as far as i know its not open and not for a while either a big restoration job is needed. There is a Bypass, but a dubious creek crossing needs to be done . If the weather is the same as it is here at the moment (Where not far away) it would be a good place to stay away from at the moment


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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 16:01

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 16:01
I havent been on the Bridle track since Monaghans bluff section was closed...but my 4WD club has had reports there is a bypass now open ..which is supposed to have been graded and repaired a bit ...but as Axle says there is a river crossing to get back onto the original track. The crossing is called Root Hog crossing and it has always been a bit tricky..altho I have heard that the local council has marked the crossing better than in the past.
HTH.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:18

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:18
The bypass certainly was not there 12 months ago.
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Follow Up By: Noel351 - Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:34

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 at 21:34
Thought of doing the bridle track last week, not knowing it was closed.
Took the Dixons Long point route to Hill End then down to the Turon to camp overnight.
Next day went to Sofala and along the Turon to Sunny Corner.
I'd like to do the Bridle track sometime in the future, but there a lot of good treks out there to do until then.
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Reply By: garrycol - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:48

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 13:48
Wasn't recently closed - has been closed for a few years and at this time there is no intention to reopen it :-(
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 14:23

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 14:23
I have seen the damage and its not what I call a disaster but i see the problem. The funny thing is if it was 1850 and this happened, it would have been opened a month later, fixed by a gang of men with pic and shovel. With the huge machinery these days, a permanent fix should have been completed not long after it happened. I guess you need the will to fix it. I'm not a Civil Engineer, but they weren't back in the 1800's either. They just applied some common sense. Michael

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Follow Up By: Member - DickyBeach - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 15:17

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 15:17
Common Sense is no longer common.
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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 17:46

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 17:46
G/Day Mike,...Thats the problem Engineers,!..The whole cliff face would be deemed unstable now,Who takes responsibility and who pays for works that the general public will use. Its Funny how the track has held up for yrs and yrs then a certain big rain brings it down,.. Happened in other areas as well i guess, (Thredbo) Maybe the Bypass will put some excitement back into it if they don't grade it to much..lol.

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PS.....I have a few pics and shovels if interested!?
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 18:38

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 18:38
Gday Axle! your'e right! What needs to happen is to remove the material above subsided area, probably for 50 metres either side of the problem and create a new flat area for the road. Obviously the new part of the road will end up a little further into the mountain and all the excess material can be pushed over the edge! It cant be that hard! As far as councils go, there seems to be no money for the things that were traditionally their responsibilities because its sucked up in lerks and perks for the blessed and pure waste! Michael
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:20

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:20
I'm sure they and many other financially strapped councils would gladly receive your donation Michael. After you've audited their books to your satisfaction of course.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:28

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:28
A bit of a legal nightmare for both the engineers and the council. It's a hairy section with 2-3 ton vehicles rumbling on it. Other parts could easily give way. It's in the too hard basket for that reason I reckon.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 12:05

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 12:05
I read elsewhere that it is not just a matter of grading out the slip and putting the road back. If work is done there is then a legal requirement to upgrade the area to modern specs for that type of road - price then jumps from a few hundred thousand to quite a few million.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 16:14

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 16:14
If it were 1850 it would have been the main road there. Of course it would have been fixed. Today it's just a very minor third string route from Bathurst. Why would they bother to fix it when there are roads that local residents actually rely upon to get to their homes that need repairing after the weather events we have had.

I think the common sense in fixing roads is needed here. The roads that residents need for their survival take priority over 4ED enthusiasts play grounds.

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Reply By: yagon - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 17:41

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 17:41
Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably bypass the bridle track and stay at woodshed flat in Turon national park for a few nights. We can do a day trip to hill end and visit the bald hill mine. Should be a great trip, even if I don't do the bridle track.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 08:58

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 08:58
The Bald Hill Mine is great, kids love it!! There has been a lot of rain so it may take a week or two of dry weather to be a pleasant trip around that part of the world. Michael
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