A newly replaced suspension bridge in Lane Poole Reserve on the Bibbulmun Track.
A new page has been added to the history of the Bibbulmun Track with the opening of a new suspension bridge to replace the iconic Long Gully Bridge, destroyed in the 2015 Boddington bushfire.
The new state-of-the-art bridge, built 12 kilometres downstream of the old bridge site in Lane Poole Reserve, has been named Bilya Djena Bidi, Aboriginal for a '(swinging) river footbridge'. The locally designed and built bridge spans 82 metres and includes two 12-metre towers that hold the bridge above the 100-year predicted flood level, enabling Bibbulmun Track walkers to safely cross the Murray River.
The Bilya Djena Bidi Suspension Bridge can be accessed on foot or via unmarked 4WD tracks in the Lane Poole Reserve. It is approximately 12kms from the site of the Long Gully Bridge ruins off the Harvey-Quindanning Road. Road conditions are not for the faint-hearted, particularly after rain.
For campers and multi-day walkers, we recommend doing plenty of research in this remote part of the Bibbulmun Track. A detailed article by the experienced hiker, Life of Py, can be found below.