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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  • Just South of Sale there is a turn off to the Swinging Bridge. If heading south miss this entrance and take the next one after you cross the Latrobe River. The bridge spans the Latrobe River at the ju...  more »
  • Just out of Sale (heading South) and just off the main road, go to the second entrance after crossing the river for best views and information.  more »
  • This is a swinging bridge, rather than a swinging bridge. Plenty of parking available, very interesting with a great deal of information available.  more »
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  • 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).
  • This is the oldest, operating swing bridge in Australia and is a wonderful sight. The river and surrounds are so tranquil..
  • It's a bridge and it might swing if they fix it. There was an Azure Kingfisher sitting under it which was the highlight.
  • There are some nice picnic tables here by the river. The bridge is closed to motor vehicles but you can walk across it.

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