Alexandra Bridge - a campsite alongside the lower Blackwood River
The small picnic area and the Alexandra Bridge I knew is long gone, and in its place a new high bridge around 1.5 kilometres downstream from where the old bridge used to be. The picnic area has been expanded as a camping area in addition to day area, with a picnic shelter and a barbecue.
The old Alexandra Bridge was originally built in 1897 across the Blackwood River to service the growing needs of the MC Davies timber industry. It was subsequently used as a main link bridge on Brockman Highway to places east and, earlier, to service group settlers and farmers in the area. The bridge was erected by Wishart and Davies and named after the Princess of Wales at the time.
Although only a small portion of the original Alexandra bridge remains, the site is significant because it embodies the spirit of the industry and endeavour which marked the era of the Davies’ timber operations. Furthermore, it is the site of the first major bridge across the Blackwood River in this area, and therefore it was a vital link for group Settlers and farmers over ninety years. The site near the old bridge is also a popular recreational spot. The bridge has been classified by the National Trust.
When the new Alexandra Bridge was built in 1969, the old bridge was kept as a tourist attraction. Most of the old bridge was washed away by floods in 1982.
The camp site has:
Gas barbecue and shelter
Dogs are welcome but MUST be on a leash at all times
Subsequent to our visit and during 2016 the campground was upgraded, or some think downgraded. Large logs now prevent parking close to the river or close to the picnic area. These upgrades were required to meet new state government regulations for a ‘nature based campground’.
There is a boat ramp and tepid o the water for swimming, and a small playground area.