The Red Bridge, Campbell Town
Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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.Add The Red Bridge and other attractions to your Campbell Town trip itinerary using our Campbell Town trip builder.
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Nice to learn more about the history of the town and to see an historical are fact still in use. Great carvings close by depicting various aspect of the town's past and present.
Campbell Town is definitely worth a look at on the way from Launceston to the east coast. The Red Bridge is the highlight of the town. Incredible to think about how old this bridge is. Beautiful.
A local was standing near me and said I should really go over and check out the bridge. I was glad I did. It's really lovely and very interesting, especially from the inside.
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