The Red Bridge, Campbell Town

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The Red Bridge in Tasmania crosses the Elizabeth River at Campbell Town. Built in 1838 using penal labour, it is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as the oldest bridge anywhere on the National Highway. The bridge contains three arch spans of 7.6 m (25 ft) each and holds two lanes of traffic as well as pedestrian walkways. It lies on the Midland Highway, roughly halfway between Hobart and Launceston, carrying over two million vehicles per year.
It is said to have been designed by James Blackburn, architect to Melbourne and a convict himself. It was constructed of 1,250,000 handmade bricks on dry land, and after its completion the river was diverted to flow under the bridge.
The Red Bridge is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.
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  • It is a bridge to the south of the town. You can cross even if you walk. If you want to take a picture, take it from the pedestrian bridge next door. There is a parking lot nearby.
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  • This was built in a remote location with just convict labour and few tools. They made and fired over a million bricks and redirected the river to flow under it when it was finished, in 1838! Wow!  more »
  • It's always a good stop, they have petrol station with a drive through Subway. There is even a free camping at the river just next to the red bridge. I just really don't like that the camping is only for self contained vehicles, maybe it's because there is no toilets whatsoever.
  • Neat place to stop by for a break to stretch your legs if you're driving from Launceston. It's 3 wooden sculptures and one of the oldest standing bridges in Australia. It isn't a huge tourist attraction, but a nice, short stop you can make for a 10-15 minute break. The sculptures are very detailed, so I'd recommend getting right up close to them. Aside from that there is a medium park and some information on the bridge. There is also a cafe nearby, but it closes early.

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