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The Red Bridge, Campbell Town

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The Red Bridge in Tasmania crosses the Elizabeth River at Campbell Town. Built in 1838 using penal labour, it is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as the oldest bridge anywhere on the National Highway. The bridge contains three arch spans of 7.6 m (25 ft) each and holds two lanes of traffic as well as pedestrian walkways. It lies on the Midland Highway, roughly halfway between Hobart and Launceston, carrying over two million vehicles per year.It is said to have been designed by James Blackburn, architect to Melbourne and a convict himself. It was constructed of 1,250,000 handmade bricks on dry land, and after its completion the river was diverted to flow under the bridge.The Red Bridge is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.
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  • We were travelling from Deloraine to Hobart and stopped here to stretch our legs and take some stunning autumn photos of the historic bridge. There is around a million bricks in this bridge and built ...  more »
  • The community have put a lot of effort into the park. There are stunning carvings made from the old dead trees which are still rooted in place.  more »
  • the bridge and town was a very interesting place to stop and look. from the pavers along the street to the old buildings and bridges.  more »
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  • One of the earliest brick bridges built in Australia. This is a good place to take a break and enjoy a stroll by the Elizabeth River
  • Nice peaceful place to visit if you are in the area. There are a lot of picnic tables and places to park your cars. There were also a lot of ducks and swans when I visited.
  • Great spot for R&R with scenic view of the river and the bridges. The willow trees add to the beauty of the place. Too bad the nearby cafe is permanently closed. The sculpture pieces were well done and maintained.
  • Closed down
  • A slice of convict history