MCKILLOPS Bridge (and, before it was built, the ford across the Snowy) was once an important route for cattlemen. Just weeks after it was opened in 1934, the bridge was washed away by the Snowy River. The replacement had its deck raised on steel trusses on the reinforced concrete piers.
It’s difficult to imagine what the immense roar and rumble must have sounded like as the Snowy River, juiced up by the melting snows of the NSW High Country, swirled and ripped its way down this valley each spring.
However, the newer, taller bridge remains, having survived all the subsequent spring-time thaws. The bridge is heritage-listed due to its social and technological significance – the steel trusses’ arc-welded construction was hightech stuff in the 1930s.