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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  • This is hidden on the side of the highway but is well worth a stop to read the history and be is awe as to how they built this bridge  more »
  • The history and uniqueness of the Spiky Bridge is what makes this a must see and being located right beside the road south of Swansea makes it a great spot to pull over for a break too. Best not to vi...  more »
  • This convict built bridge was once part of the main road, now bypassed by the modern highway. An interesting relic and yet another reminder of Tasmanian convict history. A quick place to stop and stre...  more »
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  • What an unexpected hidden gem. Without warning whilst driving on the Tasman Highway south side of Swansea you turn a corner and are presented with a historic convict bridge. It does look a little neglected at present but still a great spot to stop, rest and revive all the while learning some local history and being presented with a great photo opportunity.
  • Small convict era bridge. If it didn't have some of the stones laid perpendicularly at the top, I'm not sure if too many people would stop to look. In a state full of history, it's not great.
  • Randomly drove past the bridge on the way to freycinet. Definitely worth a quick stop the bridge is quite unique although some more detailed background would have been nice!
  • Waste of time. Underwhelming. Boring history.
  • 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.

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