Community-led restoration of the historic timber Snowy River Rail Bridge

Watching the smoke and steam from the first trains to puff across the newly opened Snowy River Trestle Bridge in 1916, residents of the Orbost district would have found it hard to imagine that more than a century later Victoria’s longest timber rail bridge would be reopening…as a pedestrian and cycling crossing on the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

Watching the smoke and steam from the first trains to puff across the newly opened Snowy River Trestle Bridge in 1916, residents of the Orbost district would have found it hard to imagine that more than a century later Victoria’s longest timber rail bridge would be reopening…as a pedestrian and cycling crossing on the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

The 770-metre-long bridge – last used by trains 34 years ago – is an essential photo opportunity for trail walkers and riders. Now the Victorian Government has provided $3.5 million for a community-led restoration of the bridge, in recognition of its iconic status and its value to regional tourism.

The popularity of the East Gippsland Rail Trail has accelerated sharply since COVID-19. Visitors have boosted local accommodation and local cafes, and have invested in real estate lifestyles and businesses close to trails.

More information about the Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package can be found here.

V21 509 Orbost Snowy River Bridge circa 2018 3
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