Development of Bell's Line of Road

The ancient Aboriginal route along the Bell Range did not become known to white settlers until 1823, when 19-year-old Archibald Bell found his way over Mount Tomah and on to Hartley Vale.

‘Bell’s Line’ was almost immediately surveyed by Robert Hoddle, and ten years later it had become a popular stock route. In the 1850s ‘Bell’s Line’ was a well-travelled walkway to the western goldfields near Bathurst and by 1949 a modern road.

The original line of the road went from Bell along Darling Causeway and down into the Hartley Valley where the modern Road Descends.