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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  • It is an interesting way of building something but somewhat boring. If it is on the way worth stopping for a few minutes but unless you have a very strong interest in historical trivia I would not go ...  more »
  • Interesting bridge, with a good backstory, worth a visit. Head down to Spiky beach nearby afterwards.  more »
  • This was quite an unusual bridge. The bridge had spikes all the way on the top. It was built by convicts and it looked attractive, thanks to the spikes. The bridge still stands firm., after so many ce...  more »
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