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This imposing bridge highlights the engineering skills required to build the Great Northern Railway from 1878-91, when the line reached Oodnadatta. The Algebuckina Bridge, which cost £60,000, spans the Neales River and was officially opened for traffic from January 6, 1892.

Up to 352 men were employed to build this bridge by a combination of daily work and piece work.

Made up of nineteen 30.9 metre spans it is the largest single bridge in South Australia. The bridge was strengthened in 1926 to carry heavier rail traffic. It is on the Register of the National Estate and on the State Heritage Register and forms part of the 'Old Ghan Railway Heritage Trail'.

There are a number of things of interest including the three graves in an area close to the north end of the bridge, although only one is marked, being that of a young prospector, James Helps, who drowned in the creek during a flood. There is the rusting remains of the 1948 FJ Holden that was hit by a train half way across the bridge as the driver attempted to cross the rail bridge during a flood. The driver survived. Nearby is the surveyed and marked site (1858) of the proposed Algebuckina township, and their are the remains of mine shafts and building.

The waterhole east of the bridge offers a great fishing and camping spot, although during summer, you may want to camp a bit back from the waters edge because of the mossies. The Algebuckina waterhole has never dried up in living memory and is the largest refuge waterhole in the Neales-Peak river system.

Aboriginal Dreamtime
Three large rocks, visible from the plateau on the northern approach to Algebuckina represent frogs in Arabana myth. The story goes something like this:

A group of Water hole frogs set out from Utapuka (Hookey's waterhole at Oodnadatta), and head down the Neales River to go to war with some frogs from further east. At Algebuckina they are teased by local people, 'What have you come for, you with the big wide mouths?' So the angry frogs turned the people into stone. The jumbled rocks are now seen as the people, while the larger boulders are the frogs.1

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Algebuckina Bridge Images

Algebuckina Bridge, South Australia Algebuckina Bridge, South Australia View down from the Algebuckina Bridge, South Australia
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Algebuckina Bridge across the Neales River, South Australia Outback signs by Adam and Lynne Plate of The Pink Roadhouse 'The Neales' - Neales River and Waterhole
'The Neales' - Neales River and Waterhole    
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Algebuckina Bridge Distance

Distance to Algebuckina
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Algebuckina:
• Adelaide 968
• Coober Pedy 123
• Glendambo, via Coober Pedy 377
• Marree 498
• Oodnadatta 123
• Port Augusta 663
• Roxby Downs 574
• Woomera 498
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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Google Maps - Neales River, Algebuckina, SA
Google Maps - Neales River, Algebuckina, SA
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1 Government of South Australia - SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management: Publications & Resources - Tourism brochures: The Oodnadatta Track - String of Springs (PDF)
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