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Spiky Bridge, Swansea

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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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  • Located just south of Swansea this convict built bridge is worth the stop. No one knows why the spikes where placed on the bridge but does it actually matter? 100m north is a lovely little beach to st...  more »
  • Well worth getting of the road to visit this oddity. Why were the top stones placed vertically? Was there a practical reason or just whimsy ?  more »
  • Stone bridge built in 1843 by convicts with stoned spikes. Good place to stretch your legs for a few minutes on route to/from Freycinet.  more »