Algebuckina Bridge - SA

  Historic Site


DEG: -27.899099 135.807007
DMS: 27º 53' 56.76" S 135º 48' 25.22" E
UTM: 53 J 6913713mN 579422mE
Altitude: 64.63m


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Oodnadatta Track
Algebuckina SA 5710
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The Algebuckina Bridge is over half a kilometre long and is the largest bridge ever constructed in South Australia and was built to carry the Ghan Rail Track in 1892 across the Neales River, which is prone to seasonal flooding. It was built by a team of around 350 men and is listed on the Register of the National Estate and on the State Heritage Register. The bridge forms part of the 'Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail'.

There are a number of things of interest including the three graves in an area close to the north end of the bridge, although only one is marked, being that of a young prospector, James Helps, who drowned in the creek during a flood. There is the rusting remains of the 1948 FJ Holden that was hit by a train half way across the bridge as the driver attempted to cross the rail bridge during a flood. The driver survived. Nearby is the surveyed and marked site (1858) of the proposed Algebuckina township, and there are the remains of mine shafts and building.

The bridge area is for day use only. Please camp on the east side of the Oodnadatta Track closer to the waterhole.
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Closest Weather Station

Oodnadatta at 13/11:30pm CST
Distance from Algebuckina Bridge 52.18km NW
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Closest Climatic Station

Oodnadatta Airport
Distance from Algebuckina Bridge 52.18km NW
Mean Max. °C37.936.633.728.523.219.919.622.126.630.333.736.3
Mean Min. °C23.022.319.
Mean Rain mm22.932.214.310.912.711.710.08.19.913.913.017.1

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