The 310m long Kirwans Bridge goes over the Goulburn River at Bailieston. The one way bridge dates back to 1890. Although it’s one way, there are passing bays which definitely come in handy when you’re half way across and you meet an oncoming car.
The bridge was built to provide access across the Goulburn River to nearby Nagambie back in the gold mining era when a railway was required for the mining areas of Whroo and Bailieston.
In Victoria there is only 1 other bridge which comes close to this length which is the Barwon Heads Bridge coming in at 308m long.
The Kirwans Bridge is one of the oldest timber bridges left in Victoria that is still operational!
Beside the bridge you will see parts of the old bridges original squared beams and strutted corbels.
The above is just a few reasons the bridge has become a tourist destination.
Not only is the bridge a tourist spot but the nearby area is also beautiful to explore. What appears in the middle of no you find rivers full of lily pads. Imagine what these would look like when in flower. Unfortunately they were not in flower when we were there.
Nearby there is a restaurant where you can dine whilst overlooking the river full of lily pads. This is a popular spot for locals and tourists to rejuvenate.
How Long Should I Stay Here?
If you are stopping for a refreshment you would stay here for approximately 1-2hrs.
Kirwans Bridge Location
Approximately 147kms north east of Melbourne CBD
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