Princes Bridge, originally Prince's Bridge, is an important bridge in central Melbourne, Australia that spans the Yarra River. It is built on the site of one of the oldest river crossings in Australia. The bridge connects Swanston Street on the north bank of the Yarra River to St Kilda Road on the south bank, and carries road, tram and pedestrian traffic. The present bridge was built in 1888 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.To visit Princes Bridge and other attractions in Melbourne, use our Melbourne trip itinerary planning site .
Because of its position, Princes Bridge is often a focal point for celebratory events in Melbourne such as the Moomba Festival, New Years Eve and many celebrations taking place on the Yarra River where it flows through the city.
When the first European settlers settled in Melbourne in 1835 there was no permanent crossing point of the Yarra River. Over time various punt and ferry operators set up business to ferry people and other traffic across the river. The colonial government in Sydney was unreliable in providing funds for the construction of a bridge, resulting in most of Melbourne’s early infrastructure being provided by private enterprise. On 22 April 1840, a private company was formed to construct a bridge across the Yarra. Traders in Elizabeth Street vied with those in Swanston Street to have the through traffic that would be generated by a bridge. On the south bank of the river, St Kilda Road was still a dirt track.
Princes Bridge Reviews
A nice place for a night walk over to Southbank as the Bridge lights up at night for a very romantic photo more »
Nothing is more 'Melbourne' than Princes Bridge. It has been the main north-south crossing point over the Yarra River since it was constructed in 1888. To the north is Swanston St and to the south is ... more »
Possibly Melbourne's most famous bridge. Great views of the city and the Yarra river when crossing it. You never know who you'll meet crossing it.
Brings you back to England. The bridge between city and the Art Centre. Lovely view of Yarra.
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