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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. Add Spiky Bridge to your Swansea travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Swansea tourist route planner.
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  • Take a look at more history and the mind set of Governors and convicts of the time. Main Roads could learn a few tricks about building roads and bridges wide enough too. Worth a quick look, read the c...  more »
  • Sure it has significant historical value, but that's about it. If you like convict built bridges go to Richmond or Ross. 
  • The Spiky Bridge is worth a quick look. It is just off the main road and is an interesting part of convict history. A plaque near the bridge tells the story It is just outside of Swansea. Worth 15 min...  more »