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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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  • The Red Bridge was completed in 1838 - almost 180 years old. It still look sturdy and is working perfectly! There are wooden sculptures carved from whole trucks! 
  • Beautiful timber sculptures at the Red Bridge. On the opposite side of the road is a line of red bricks stretching all the way through town with the names of a convict on each of them and a couple of ...  more »
  • Built by convicts this is the oldest standing and unaltered bridge in Australia. Impressive surrounds meticulously maintained, it is worth the stop and obligatory photo opportunity.