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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  • What an interesting structure built by convicts many years ago and still standing strong. . Not sure why the spikes but an interesting design.  more »
  • Great to stop by and have a look. Sad history once again with the convicts used to build it, but very interesting.  more »
  • While I still haven’t found out why the spikes are there, this was an interesting, free visit. Kids would like it too. Great photo opportunity. Intriguing part of our history.  more »
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  • Quick stopover here to see the Spiky Bridge built by convicts. If you can't get progress find the roughest way to take the decision makers through the stony creek at high speed and offer convict labour! I think this bridge deserves greater attention due to the skill using local rock. Also flattened snake nearby on the road.
  • Great piece of History being built around 1845 . This bridge in now an attraction due to its unusual design and beautiful local stone construction . The bridge has small arched flow way that a small creek flows through on wet season . The bridge use to be the only connection for Swansea and Little Swanport snd was convict built . Even by today’s stand it’s well built and it’s slate rock type construction is desirable in many modern homes . I believe it’s a worthy stop and a good piece of east coast Tasmania history. The Spiky Bridge is a unique stop being that you get best of both worlds because across the road at is Spiky Beach with providing a panoramic headland view and a clean swimmable beach with rock pools to explore on the rocky shoreline.
  • Great piece of history - not too sure why they built a modern bridge that bypasses this one, as the original bridge is both wide and looks like it will outlast the pyramids ;-)
  • It's okay for a quick visit. Certainly good for those who is interested in the historical side of things especially convicts put to construction works. The bridge does have interesting features too, hence the name.
  • Convict era bridge just off Tasman Highway. Able to drive over the bridge along the old coachway. Unusual and worth a look.

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