More than 800 metres above sea level, in a steep forest in the Great Dividing Range, the blackened Beech Creek Trestle Bridge lay on the bank of the damp gully floor. The bridge, originally built nearly 100 years ago, and then rebuilt in the 1960’s was hit by the 2009 bush fires.
The bridge was part of a complex mountain tram tracks network, climbing through the Rubicon Forest for 10 kilometres, linking hydroelectric power stations and sawmills that were scattered through the bush to the outside world. For years the mountain tram tracks were the only mode of transport in and out of the remote forest for workers and their families who lived there.
Stokes Rousseau were engaged by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to rebuilt the bridge to original conditions, although the bridge has been designed to carry the loads of the existing tram cars, the bridge will only be used by keen bush walkers who venture deep into the forest.