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Date Registered: 05-2005
Location: Berowra, Sydney
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Thanks Johno.

The tent maybe a good idea but as we are going to spend a few nights there I would prefer the luxury of my camper bed. Your pics are good. It looks like the campsite you stayed at was nearly empty.

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Date Registered: 10-2005
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Hey Greg,
 I have replied to your pm, but I thought I would also add the info here for others.

 Yes, there are warning signs stating not to take a CT along the Bridle Track, but almost every time I have been there, I have met one along the track. It just comes down to common sense and patience. If you meet someone on one of the bends, sound your horn and wait a little. It will extremely hard to reverse on some sections, so again patience both for yourself and to the guys coming the other way.

 There are some excellent camping areas, some with drop toilets and free firewood.

 The Hill End pub is not to be missed and has the best counter meals out back of the Pub.

 Also, don't miss the chance to drive down to the Macquarie River (track leads to Orange), as this part of the river is by far the best. There are spots you could camp down there, but it does mean you will have to cross the river. Although it is low at present, the track down is pretty steep.

Just a couple of questions:

What size CT are you towing.
Are you using the standard towball or a treg hitch. The treg hitch will give better movement and won't come off (which can occur with a standard towball in the rough stuf)
Have you upgraded your brake package.
Do you have electric brakes.
What tyres are you running.

 Anyway, you will have an excellent trip. It WILL be cold, so rug up. At present we are getting below zero each night, with tops below 10. Up Hill End way it does not really heat up due to the high ranges. Get some maps, Hill End / Bathurst / Sofala.

 Have a great trip. If I can be of any more help, send me a pm.

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Date Registered: 06-2008
Location: Kensington - Perth
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Hi Brett,

Thanks for the useful information as I'm planning to go that way probably in 4th week of August. Just a quick question though; is this track something you can do in a day?

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Harish,

 Can you do this track in a day ? All depends where you start from.

 The actual Bridle Track only takes about 2 hours from Bathurst to Hill End, but there are plenty of stops along the way.

 A good weekend could be to drive to Bathurst Friday afternoon, the drive along the Bridle Track to Hill End and explore the area on Saturday, before continuing along the dirt to Orange for a stay on Saturday night. Then it is a simple 3 hour drive home on Sunday.

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Hi Brett,

What grade you would give this track for the xtrail?

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Hi Brett, reason asking for 1 day trip was because I'm already staying at Newnes hotel during that weekend and was wondering if after exploring Newnes for 1 or 2 days if I can drive back via Bridle track. But, sounds like Bridle track will be another full weekend and I can see many accommodations available on that track too (not a camping person yet emoticon)

Jalal, after reading so many reviews on this track I reckon this will be graded as 1 'coz if driven carefully this track is doable in 2wd vehicles as well.

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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Scorpion King wrote: I'm already staying at Newnes hotel during that weekend



Hi Harish,

Are you planning to head up to Newnes via the route the forum took earlier this year? I can thoroughly recommend this trek and have trip notes if you would like them. I would rate this a Category 2....you need 4WD, but the Exy covers it easily. (I'm actually taking my folks up there on Saturday to show them the Lost City and the Aboriginal rock art).

Let me know if you want the trip notes and I can PM them to you in an email.

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Zipidee wrote:Let me know if you want the trip notes and I can PM them to you in an email.



I would love to have them Dave! Appreciate your help! emoticon

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Date Registered: 05-2005
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BRETT72 wrote:

Just a couple of questions:

What size CT are you towing.
Are you using the standard towball or a treg hitch. The treg hitch will give better movement and won't come off (which can occur with a standard towball in the rough stuf)
Have you upgraded your brake package.
Do you have electric brakes.
What tyres are you running.

 



Thanks Brett. Got your pm. I had a look on google maps on the area - good view from the air can't wait to see it on the ground.

As far as the CT goes. Im still using a 50mm ball with no brakes fitted. Fully loaded it weighs around 580kg. Just got a new stone guard fitted too. The CT is an Offroad model with 15" rims and brand new tyres. By the way, just fitted some new Yokohama Geolander A/T-S on the Exy. Great tread pattern and a very quiet ride. Should be good in the dirt! emoticon

I recently got a price for a brake kit (mechanical) around $400 and I have to fit myself - not a problem but too expensive at the moment. Most of the tracks we go on with the CT are good dirt roads and I can always set up camp then do some exploring without the CT.

Here is a couple of pics prior to fitting the stone guard.

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Hi Harish

You are right about the tent.
I am sure you will enjoy sleeping in the camper a lot more comfortable.
We were lucky the weekend we went as there was only one other group at the camp site that we stayed at.
We just sat around the open camp fire under the stars and it was magic.
On the way through Bathurst we stopped in at the Car Museum at Mount Panorama.

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