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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  • It is interesting to visit and spend time reading about how the bridge was eredcted and how it was made.  more »
  • What a fantastic piece of history! Well done to the National Trust for preserving this bridge and the many people that were involved in the restoration.  more »
  • This is basically a 5 min diversion if in the area. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it unless I had a specific interest in bridges or engineering. We were passing by so it killed some time.  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.
  • Good photo opportunities and a place to get a glimpse of the past as the bridge opens.
  • Great Historical Location, Good Display Watching Bridge Swing in Operation.
  • I Missed The Opportunity to Enjoy the Cruise Also on Electric Powered Boat. Great Destination To Relax Enjoy The Mechanical Engineering Of Swinging Bridge in Australian Heritage Motion.
  • Historic location. I would recommend coming down if you're visiting Sale. There shouldn't be any issues with parking (assuming there are not many people around as when I was visiting).

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