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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  • A bridge with history. It has pointy sharp metal on each side of the bridge. It’s along the Tasman Highway with good signage. If you come from Swansea you will pass Spiky beach before Spiky bridge. Bo...  more »
  • This is the second time I've stopped at Spiky Bridge and not disappointed. The kids loved it to run around and under. I loved it for the pure engineering and build process. The information board could...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • A great historical bridge of Tasmania.
  • Interesting stopping point along the east coast.
  • Very interesting pull-over to explore and well laid out with information on the history
  • Spiky beach was just beautiful, so tucked away and hidden, the perfect romantic escape!

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