A superb example of Victorian Railways engineering from the early 1900s. Built in 1916 by Victorian Railways, it was by far the most ambitious project taken on at the time.
It was built from locally sourced red ironbark and grey box timber, and designed to link Bairnsdale to Orbost. It was in service for over 60 years, until it was severely damaged by bushfires in the late 1980s.
The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge stands at over 20m high and 250m long, spanning a large deep gully. It's the largest structure of it's kind left standing in Victoria.
To get there, just leave Lakes Entrance on the Princes Hwy and head to Nowa Nowa. About 5km before Nowa Nowa it is signposted off to the left. Just a 5 minute drive into the bush (well made road for cars, campervans, motorhomes etc) and you'll arrive at the base of this magnificent piece of engineering.
Once you arrive, you can walk between the 20m pylons and walk to each end of the bridge. The bridge itself is closed off because of the poor condition of the timber along the top.
There are many other bridges along the line to check out like the Nicholson River Bridge, Snowy River Trestle Bridge, Boggy Creek Trestle Bridge and the Wairewa Trestle Bridge.