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. Make Spiky Bridge part of your personalized Swansea itinerary using our Swansea road trip planner.
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  • October 12, 2017
    This unusual bridge is well worth stopping for and is on the main East Coast tourist route. It is a pity that the surrounds are so poorly maintained. It could be a lovely picnic spot.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    I've not seen anything like this and I've travelled a lot. Fun bridge to stop and take some photos as it's so unusual and it's convict built.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Interesting but not worth a drive just to see this. If it's on the way, yes, recommended to drop by and see the spiky bridge  more »
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  • August 18, 2017
    An interesting stopping point to observe this quirky bridge that was built by convict labour. One of the theories behind the stone spikes on the edges of the bridge is that it was to protect passing cattle from falling off the edges. Whatever the reason it's worth a stop to read about the history of the area. Whilst in the area, stop off at the Spiky Beach Conservation Area. Spectacular views of the waters edge and Freycinet Peninsula.
  • September 3, 2017
    A great historical bridge of Tasmania.
  • May 14, 2017
    Interesting stopping point along the east coast.
  • February 8, 2017
    Very interesting pull-over to explore and well laid out with information on the history
  • January 31, 2017
    Spiky beach was just beautiful, so tucked away and hidden, the perfect romantic escape!

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