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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  • interesting to see the workman ship of these trees!!!! amazing work and fantastic detail. was worth a look see for sure.  more »
  • This bridge on the highway is an impressive colonial era structure that is still in main use today, a testament to the engineering skills of days past. The area is very restful and an ideal place for ...  more »
  • This is a historic old bridge built in 1836 and still standing strong today. The park was also interesting but not special and the wood carving statues a little weird.There is one board that provides ...  more »
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  • Top place. The bridge is best viewed from the river bank. Picnic tables and a free campervan park right beside it. Lots of good facilities very close by in Campbell town.
  • So beautiful place to take a rest with deep breathing and taking photos. Enjoy coffee watching the Red bridge built in1838.
  • Dump point and public toilets by camp ground would be great. Nice location though.
  • lovely scenery. carving were great and the ducks are friendly.
  • Amazing how a bridge built all those years ago by convicts can still be operating, despite it now being used by the biggest of trucks.
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