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Monday, December 27, 2010

Nowa Nowa scenes - Boggy Creek Gorge and Wairewa Trestle Bridge

These pictures were taken on Christmas Day, Dec 25, 2010.

They show the scenery at the spectacular Boggy Creek Gorge and the nearby historical Trestle Bridge at Wairewa, near Nowa Nowa, about 300 km east of Melbourne.

Boggy Creek starts at Mt Johnston, in the foothills of the Alps, and drops 519 m over 62 km, flowing into Lake Tyers.

The Lookut is reached by a 1 km walking track, starting at a small car park off the Nowa Nowa Rd. The view across the Gorge is amazing, with the creek far below!

Wairewa, location of the historical curved trestle bridge, is a small settlement north of the Princes Highway.

The bridge is on the former Bairnsdale to Orbost railway line, closed in 1987, now the East Gippsland Shared Rail Trail.

Public access on the bridge is prohibited, but it can be viewed from the adjacent Rail Trail.

The railway operated from 1916 until 1987. Surveying began in 1906, and construction began in 1912. It stopped just short of Orbost, on the other side of the Snowy River.

Plans to continue the line through to NSW via Bombala never materialized.

Several timber bridges were built, to cross major rivers including the Nicholson and Tambo, along with the deep Boggy Creek George at Nowa Nowa. The huge (270m long, 19 m high) Stony Creek Bridge east of Nowa Nowa can be reached from the Lakes Entrance Rd.

See all of the Photos of our visit!

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