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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Wonthaggi Branch - Bridge Number 7

Wonthaggi Branch - Bridge Number 7. Located 15.18km from Nyora, at Kernot. This one was easily spotted from the Google aerial images, but an absolute buggar to get to. I tried initially to approach it from the South-West, then the South-East but without success. I managed to get one shot of it from the South-West angle but it does not show much. I then tackled it from the other side of the creek, but again I was thwarted by blackberry thickets of impressive size. There is one thicket right on the approach that you cannot even see through.

The bridge is in very poor condition, with large parts of the deck rotten and fallen into the creek, and because no-one uses it for anything, and it is hidden in the bush, it is very unlikely it will ever receive any repairs. I could not see enough of it from any angle to try and work out the number of openings or length. However I estimate there are 7 openings.

If you want to look at it, best to park at the picnic ground opposite the Kernot store, walk down Schier Road, over the wooden road bridge, then head off to your right through the undergrowth. But be prepared to revise your route several times to get there.

Photo from the South-West quarter, not particularly enlightening.

Photo from near the Schier Road bridge, again not much to see.
From the North-West quarter, probably the best view you can get.

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