Bridge sights in Australia
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Whether they’re driving over it, climbing up it, rollerblading across it or sailing under it, Sydneysiders adore their bridge and swarm around it like ants on ice cream. Dubbed the ‘old coathanger’, it’s a spookily big object – moving around town you’ll catch sight of it in the corner of your eye and get a fright! Perhaps Sydney poet Kenneth Slessor said it best: ‘Day and night, the bridge trembles and echoes like a living thing.’
Vital statistics: 134m high, 502m long, 49m wide and 53,000 tonnes. The massive bridge links the CBD with North Sydney, crossing the harbour at one of its narrowest points. The two halves of chief engineer JJC Bradfield’s mighty…
Completed in 1996, Sydney’s other eye-catching bridge spans Johnstons Bay, connecting Pyrmont and Rozelle. It’s the longest cable bridge in Australia (345m), and affords some magic views as you truck into the city from the west. The two main towers are shaped like needle eyes, with the road as the thread.
The Anzac theme is reinforced by an Australian flag atop the eastern tower, a New Zealand flag on the western, and two big soldier statues – one Australian and one New Zealander. For a sea-level perspective, take the pathway between Blackwattle Bay and Bicentennial Park.
The Goodwill Bridge links South Bank to the City Botanic Gardens.