July 2018 – Nepean River, Penrith NSW – The Great River Walk

A short walk from where we stay while in Penrith, is the start of “The Great River Walk” at the end of Cassola Place.

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The Great Walk, Penrith

A pathway parallel to the Nepean River leads through park areas, down to the level of the river, past Emu Ford and between the Weir and Weir Reserve, past the Nepean Rowing Club and up to the train and motor vehicle bridges.  From there is access to the Bridge to Bridge Loop.  The scenery is beautiful along the walk.

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In this photo, the bridge on round supports (1907) for trains is closest and hiding The Nepean Bridge (Victoria Bridge) and the construction of the new walk/cycle bridge.

Originally a punt service operated at this point in the river.  A timber bridge was constructed but was only used briefly before it was destroyed by floods in 1857, rebuilt, withstood the flood of February 1860 but destroyed in May 1860 by flood. Victoria Bridge was originally shared with trains. The wrought iron box girder Victoria Bridge took nearly three years to construct and opened in 1867. Heritage listed, it was considered ‘cutting edge technology’ back in the 1860’s and has the largest span of any metal girder bridge in NSW, a length of 250.metres.

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The new pedestrian/cycle bridge currently under construction and estimated to cost $49.million, is planned to open late 2018.

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New Pedestrian/Cyclist bridge being constructed, The Nepean Bridge (Victoria Bridge) behind it.

 

All up, The Great River Walk and around the Bridges is approximately 8.km of marvellous scenery and wildlife.

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There will be a separate post on the wonderful bird life in this area.  Keep to the pathways, especially in the warmer weather when we have seen snakes.

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