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Spiky Bridge, Swansea
(3.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
A well-known local attraction, Spiky Bridge is a stone bridge with an interesting convict heritage. Built in the 1840s by prisoners from the Rocky Hills Probation Station on the eastern coast of Tasmania, the bridge’s name is derived from its distinctive parapets. Some sections of the bridge were strengthened during the 1920s, and the spikes were extended to prevent local cattle from falling over the sides. Built of dry stonework, the bridge also features stone buttresses and a central channel. An information board near the bridge tells visitors all about the convict workers responsible for its construction. This local landmark is right next to the main road, so you can see and photograph it without leaving your car. Add Spiky Bridge to your Swansea travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Swansea tourist route planner.
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  • Nice piece of history to stop in and look at on the way up the coast. Built by convicts the brickwork and architecture is pretty good to see. Noting else to do there and very close to the highway so w...  more »
  • This old bridge is just off the main highway, with adequate parking close by. It was built by convicts to assist with transport of freight. Built of reddish stone, the sides are elaborated with pieces...  more »
  • It's about 7km out of Swansea. I went there just to have a look and get photos. It's certainly different. I would have had a better look around if I had the time.