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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  • This is not just a bridge it was built by people rounded up in the 1820s from London and transported all the way over the other side of the world. Think about it no electricity or proper tools, some o...  more »
  • What’s to say it’s a bridge. Nice park around, but not much more. It’s one of many notable convict structures in this town But it’s still just a bridge.  more »
  • with the destinction of being the oldest bridge on the National Highway grid, the Red Bridge is an iconic site in its self. Build in 1836 by penal labour, hand made red bricks were used to arch over t...  more »
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  • Nice old bridge and surrounding area, worth to stop and take a closer look witch coffee from library just opposite the parking lot.
  • 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.
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