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Bridle trail

Arakoon National Park

Overview

Bridle Trail walking track is an easy short walk offering a glimpse of the historic heritage of Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park near Kempsey.

Where
Arakoon National Park
Distance
0.6km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 2
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Retrace history along an easy walking track, Bridle trail, near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park, 5km east of South West Rocks. In days gone by, horses would haul the massive steam crane used in the granite quarry during the construction of the ill-fated breakwater.

You won’t see any exhausted horses along this trail today. Accessed from Little Bay picnic area, this historic short track is now a beautiful walk through regenerated coastal heathlands and majestic gums. Passing cool patches of rainforest, look for remnants of the old iron water pipe that was used to supply water to the gaol.

If you feel like exploring a little more, an easy track links to Powder Magazine walking track.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.
Scenic coastal view from Monument Hill, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Debby McGerty