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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  • Spikey Bridge was built by convict labour on the coach track between Swansea and Little Swanport in 1843. I just happened to spot the upright flagstone type rocks as we passed on the highway, just... 
    Spikey Bridge was built by convict labour on the coach track between Swansea and Little Swanport in 1843. I just happened to spot the upright flagstone type rocks as we passed on the highway, just...  more »
  • Not much else to see around Swansea but this is worth a brief stop as you travel south from the town. We also visited Spiky Beach which is almost directly across the road. It is a delightful little... 
    Not much else to see around Swansea but this is worth a brief stop as you travel south from the town. We also visited Spiky Beach which is almost directly across the road. It is a delightful little...  more »

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