La Trobe Swing Bridge, Sale

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#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Gippsland
The Sale Swing Bridge is located on the South Gippsland Highway Longford, 5 km south of the city of Sale, Victoria, Australia and spans the Latrobe River at its junction with the Thomson River.Designed by John Grainger and built in 1883 by the Victorian government, it was the first movable bridge built in Victoria. Its wrought-iron structure, 45 metres long, pivots on cylindrical steel columns. At its peak, the bridge was opened up to 20 times a day, allowing the movement of steamers between Sale and Melbourne.The bridge underwent major restoration works towards the end of 2003, which were completed by the start of 2006.. Since the restoration about 2,500 tourists have visited the bridge each year.The Sale Swing Bridge was used as a set in 2007 for the filming of the 2008 film The Tender Hook, starring Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne.In April 2017 vandals lodged lodged a block of wood in the gear mechanism, causing an axle to bend and the bottom roller beam to crack. The bridge was re-opened in July 2017 after a $160,000 repair.
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  • Beautiful location, which has a little of the history of the town of Sale. Interesting architecture. Great the way the bridge moves to open the passage of boats on the river.
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  • Worth a visit whether the bridge is open or not. Good luck nterpretive signage and a pleasant place for a picnic.  more »
  • On our way to Sale and seen the sign for a swing bridge so pulled in for a look and leg stretch. It was worth a visit and stroll around, walked over the bridge and they had the generator set up so you...  more »
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  • Definitely worth a visit if heading to Sale, this heritage listed swing bridge is the largest one in Australia. Plenty of parking, and a nice setting. Beautifully (and faithfully) restored, this is a glimpse in to century old engineering.
  • Great history. Lovely picnic area. No garbage bins or toilets.
  • Lovely place. Can visit historical wooden bridge here.
  • It's just a great day out there fishing and more
  • Good photo opportunities and a place to get a glimpse of the past as the bridge opens.

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