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Spiky Bridge, Swansea

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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3.5/5 based on 190+ 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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  • Still a mystery but we had to stop and see it! Why are those bricks vertical!!! Quite amazing that it's still in good shape after all this time considering the amount of visitors it must get. Tassie s...  read more »
  • Other than its interesting spiky appearance, there's nothing very spectacular about the bridge, which was built by convicts in the 1840s. It is not known why there are spikes on the bridge - structura...  read more »
  • No need to stop driving to see it as it's just on the side of the road. The bridge itself is across a ditch parallel with the main road. Keep your eyes on the road signs and you wont miss it. 
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