The best four-wheel driving tracks around bathurst

The Central tablelands is home to some of the most scenic and enjoyable four-wheel driving roads in the country. The Bathurst region speaks “country driving” and is without a doubt an experience needed for 4×4 driving enthusiasts. There are opportunities for you to get out and about in your own four-wheel drive or on a tour guide with a professional.

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable tracks around the Bathurst region:


Bridle Track

The most well known four-wheel driving track in Bathurst – it was originally built during the gold rush as the first road between Bathurst and Hill End. History says that travellers had to guide their horses by the bridle due to the track being so narrow and that is how it earned its name. The track presents its own set of challenges for country road drivers that entails a 60km journey. A picturesque landscape through beautiful grasslands and Australian country with traditional mud tracks.

Long Swamp

The name certainly speaks for itself with its marshy swamplands for every four-wheel drive enthusiast to conquer. This track can be found in the Ben Bullen State Forest (close to Lithgow) and will surely not disappoint. The brave drivers that take on this track will be able to consume magnificent views of the National park as well as the swamplands. Research on this track is recommended before driving to ensure that you and your vehicle are up for the challenge.

Capertee Valley

A large canyon located within the Lithgow area that is noted as the second widest of any canyon in the world and exceeds the great Grand Canyon in the US. The escarpment is dominated by sandstone cliffs with tranquil vistas and serene mountain landscapes. A fantastic four wheel drive opportunity encountering the Australian natural environment. Take the drive down to Glen Davis Ruins and seek out the tours they have on offer if you are feeling adventurous. Although it is not regarded as a challenging drive, it is certainly a drive to be consumed by all that own a four-wheel drive.

Hill End to Ophir

A trail adventure fit for all four-wheel drive adventurers, this will give you a true Central West landscape experience. Depending on how long you wish to take to embrace the natural environment, this track will take you anywhere between 1 and 2 hours to complete. An easy trail that is suitable for beginner drivers with a shallow water crossing at Dixons Long Point, this track also features an excellent spot to stop along the journey to swim, fish, or enjoy a picnic with the family.

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