Take a step out on the Brewarrina Bridge and transport yourself back to another time – before cars, when paddle steamers traversed the Barwon River, transporting supplies and freight from town to town. Step out on the bridge in the pre-dawn or just on dusk and you will have a birds eye view of the spectacular sunrises and sunsets the Outback is known for.
The piers supporting the Bridge are renowned to be havens for Murray Cod and Yellow Belly (Golden Perch), locals report some of their best catches from under the bridge. If you are a fan of canoeing, kayaking or any form of boating, you can float gently under the bridge and marvel at the complexities of the structure built almost 135 years ago.
The Brewarrina Bridge spans an impressive 16.8 metres, the width of the picturesque Barwon River, and was designed by Public Works Engineer, Percy Allen. The Brewarrina Bridge was a technically sophisticated structure for its time and one of the only 2 surviving examples of the first series of lift bridges left in New South Wales and the second oldest lift bridge.
The Brewarrina Bridge was opened on the 7th December 1888. The bridge is a wrought iron lift bridge with timber beam approaches and the original design of the bridge required 2 operators to operate the mechanisms to “lift” the centre section of the bridge and was modified in 1896 so that it required only one operator.
The Brewarrina Bridge contributed to the social and economic development of North Western NSW, capturing the NSW Wool Trade and opening up the “back country” of NSW in the late 1800’s. The bridge was damaged in 2000 and is now closed to vehicular traffic, and used as a pedestrian bridge.