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untitled (297)Burdekin River near Ayr at Homehill. Water, Ayr and Home, I am sure poets would do something with that offering. This is a covered bridge like used to be in Nabiac. Being that this is the dry season we have seen more sand than water in many of the other rivers, but this one is major and full.

Over Johnstone River coming into Cairns. Joseph Mcavoy Bridge. I finally get a pen and paper to preserve the name. Some indications that he may have been a keeper of the bridge from sugar cane growing areas in late 1800s. But this could just be someone with the same name. Other noteworthy items include crocodile sightings upstream and that major road works are happening. No surprise on the croc thing, it’s close to the coast, wide and with mangrove banks.untitled (300)

Same, same over Mulgrave River, also coming into Cairns, near Gordonvale. This time named for a Desmond Tranamore. This time I am able to google that he was a police officer, killed in the line of duty in 1964, at the cost of $48 million this girder bridge replaced the low-set bridge, at an increase height of some 5m. Understandably many of these bridges used to flood in the wet season, people in the early 1970s used to say, ‘if someone spits upstream the Bruce Highway floods’, things have improved since I lived in Brisbane with my first husband.

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Lucky not in flood for us.

Over the Barron River multiple bridges. We crossed this river in Kurunda, Mareeba and Malanda. Each bridge equally as impressive with height between water and roadway. I think they have floods up here. We were both on the Captain Cook highway and on the way into Freshwater for these crossings.

Over the Annan River Bridge and causeway – Near Keatings lagoon. Kakadu like wetlands. Labeled with a “Big Annan Bridge” sign, but is really an old ‘pick a plank’ wooded construction with roadway covering. The car jerks across, with us wondering what would happen if the tyres get caught in a gap? The causeway has a chasm at the top of some falls, and is made of sections of concrete. We are really heading in the beyond.

Before Palmer River Roadhouse North of the Bverstown Range and lookout. Workmen and stock the only other moving things.

FAr north queensland
Called a development road , heading towards Cooktown on the inland sealed road.

Rollo Gallop Bridge was it a gully or waterway? Rivers in this area flow into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Palmer River. While we make an effort to get a view of the bridge and river we are chased by the Road House owner who is wondering what us city drongos are up to wandering about with backpacks. “yar not going bush walkin, are yars?’

The river has steep sides with minimal water, but flood flotsam is in the trees. WA registered caravan waits while we cross (The bridge is only single lane.) In the roadhouse is a museum filled with tales of people and how they traversed the river and travelled in past decades.

Near palmer River road house
Even this river can flood.



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Bundaberg on the Burnett River. Not hard to see evidence of the many floods related to rampages of recent cyclones. The span on Cedar Road is being rebuilt, and is down to single lanes. Trees are still damaged with bunches of twigs and storm shrapnel forms clumps up near the tops of lamp posts.

Lamington Bridge Mary River
The Mary river – Lamington bridge is under those flood waters.

Lamington Bridge on Mary River. On our way through Maryborough. Coffee mud river water contrasts with blue railings. Apparently there is an endemic species of cod, lung fish and turtles can be seen on the mud flats on low tides.

Seahorse Bridge Noosa
Who knows what you will find on an early morning jog

Seahorse Bridge, Noosa. This bridge was discovered on an early morning run amongst the Noosa lagoons, and swish canal side mansions. This was where all that swampy land was for sale from property scammers in the 1970s, you’d have been mad to buy, now look at property values in the area! All the cul-de-sacs, dead ends and canals ruin my orientation, takes me ages to find my way out.

Murray River Bridges. Multi spans, taking in three states. Victoria, New South Wales and South AUST (Mildura one featured image) Spanning Australia’s mightiest waterway, our Mississipi. The old man Murray river does meander up here in the Riverland, with lots of wetlands to see.

  1. a) At New South Wales / Victorian border – The George Chaffey Bridge. Don’t buy fruit as you cross into Victoria; it’s going to be taken from you in South Australia, only a few km down the road.
Murray River Bridge
Named and huge – over a national icon
  1. b) Paringa – another bridge.
  2. c) Kingston Bridge – Murray River again. Not to be confused with Kingston S.E. on the Limestone coast.
  3. d) Blanchtown- double bridges with one marked as ‘historical’. We conclude the other must be the interstate train line.
    Blanchtown bridge
    More spanning the Murray – twice even.

    Rosebrook Bridge Port Fairy
    Small but historical and pretty- Port Fairy

Rosebrook Bridge Port Fairy. Lots of photos from the 1946 floods are displayed. Adjacent blue-stone walls are almost hidden. Ancient exposed plank walkways and walk-way Bridge are a mecca for tourists and keep-fit locals.

Hopkins Bridge Warrnabool. Our right turn-point to access the Great Ocean Road. Not quick enough to catch the name of the river. There was also an impressive bridge over the Hopkins River closer to Allansford. (cheese factory-ville)

Peterborough Bridge over the Curdies River . Scene of the drowning of James Irving in 1919 – poignant memorial had been constructed. Apparently he tried to cross the river, with no waves and a generous sand bar, I wondered what caused the tragedy? And why is he so affectionately remembered. Too many James Irving’s on Google.

Petersborough Victoria
What a great place to park the van heading towards Great Ocean Road, Petersborough


Milla Milla Falls

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Over the North Johnson River @ Malanda Falls. One location makes both the bridge and waterfall category. So many bridges in North Queensland seem to be named after local historical figures. I always think I will remember the person’s name, but usually don’t. Have to write them down. Which makes for bridge names on maps, fuel dockets and any paper I can find.(featured image)

Rail Bridge Atherton Tablelands
Old Rail Bridge, closed off – too dangerous.

Bridges of Peterson Creek. Both a swing bridge and rail ruins. They were built during the gold rush era of plenty, and removed in 1958. We discovered this location on an early morning walk from Penny’s at Yungaburra.

Swing Bridge Atherton Tablelands
The other morning discovery, a swing bridge

Don River coming into Bowen. Noted was the gap between roadway and what appears to be a river of sand. Allowances must be made for the wet season and major variation in the water flow. Ruins of the previous bridge, likely swept away in a flood, are still visible.

Herbert River near Ingham. Crossed twice as we deviated off the Bruce Highway to look at Halifax. Close to the coast makes for some dramatic spreads of river mangrove banks.

Forgan Bridge, Pioneer River Mackay. Walkway right along the river’s southern bank. More mangrove banks. This structure seemed yet another way to segment the parts of Mackay.

Mackay Bridge
Didn’t really like the town but Mackay had impressive bridges

Over the Fitzroy River Rockhampton. Various spans, one appears to be called the Fitzroy Bridge. Another re-built as the Neville Hewitt Bridge. Plus the suspension railway bridge visible from our apartment. The area was dotted with indications of several flood, memorabilia and commemorative site by the riverbank. Water a means to trade and transport before roads and rail took over, but also a danger.

Rail bridge Rockhampton
2nd Rocky bridge – the rail one. There was even a third not far away.
Bridge over the Fitzroy River Rockhamton
One Rocky Bridge – the road one

Calliope River yet again on the Bruce Highway. Used to say, ‘someone could spit upstream and the Bruce would flood,’ must be the reason for so many bridges. Hopefully the flood tendency has been rectified over the years. Boats ply this waterway, going under the wide, spectacular span.

We are retracing our steps over the same bridges which means a chance to maybe catch a missed name.

Burnett River, Bundaberg. Renovated after recent cyclone initiated floods. Bright coloured suspension bridge.

Burnett bridge Bundaberg
Hard to imagine this Impressive structure underwater…
Clarence River Bridge

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Seems I kept up bridge entries while we sojourned in Sydney, before the big push north.

Joan Holland Bridge, Royal National Park. She was vocal about the need for all weather access into Bundeena, being that this enclave within the National Park (2nd oldest in the world after Yosemite) can get isolated during wet weather when the Audley causeway over Port Hacking River floods. So they built a bridge upstream. And it doesn’t take much to flood Audley. This bridge is a turnaround point for hill repeats up Waterfall Hill on the bike. About 3 minute’s free-fall down, at least 15 minutes up.

Forster-Tuncurry bridge
How many times we have crossed this in an Ironman Triathlon

Forster-Tuncurry Bridge. All those crossings, mostly involving the Australian Ironman. There are so many images and memories – seeing Jo King fall into a crushed heap as she attempted to up her professional distances; using that marketing image that showed ‘everyman’ triathlete walking home into the sunset having hopefully finished. For more than 20 years, the home of Australian Ironman. Since the race has moved onto Port Macquarie a substantial sidewalk which would have made for some comfortable passing space has been added. Still one lane each way for vehicles, though.

Hexham Bridge
Also famous for a giant ant – Hexham
Clarence River Bridge
Over the Clarence River

Hexham Bridge. Used to be typical of so many bridges on the central NSW coast with facilities to lift the span for boating traffic. Not anymore, even the old Nabiac Bridge has been upgraded to a concrete span that denies the previous character bridges. Hope someone kept a record like the covered bridges of Madison County.

I have grouped the many by-pass bridges on the upgraded sections of the Pacific highway. Such as those at Buladelah, Karuah, Kempsey and MacLane. Add to that list the wide structure that now spans the Manning River near Taree. No need to pass through these towns anymore. The locals have their curbside cafes without big interstate trucks now, hope it’s good for trade.

Waterside Park track to Woolgoolga Beach. Over the top of Lake Hearn. How great to have a ‘guests and residents only past this point’ exclusivity. Wear appropriate footwear and cross at your own risk negate suggestions of opulence. This bridge seems to be made from two giant tree trunks.

Lakeside Villas Woolgoolga
Our own private bridge – residents only

Clarence River Bridges. Again there seems to be a need to group here. As the river broadens and winds its way to the ocean there are multiple crossings, two on the pacific highway. This whole area marks a shift to feeling and looking like the sub-tropics as you head north. At least one covered bridge reminiscent of Nabiac still exists.

Bribie Island Bridge. The aaahhh sigh as you cross into the beach holiday, retiree mode. Despite all the trappings of normal life, like school zones, there is still a breath out relaxation ambience. The only Queensland sand island bridge connected to the mainland, this rickety structure crosses the Pumicestone Passage, still only single lane both ways, but duplication is being discussed. The bridge celebrated 50 years in Oct 2014.

Bribie Island was our residence for 8 weeks during May and June 2014, so there were multiple crossings, by car, bus and once as part of the Ferryman Passage cruise.

Bribie Island Bridge
The Bribie Span
boyne Bridge

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With several journals, multiple entry points about bridges, and away from home again, I am going to take pot luck that this entry connects to the preceding bridges 6. So I flicked through the journal brought with me on this quick trip to Brisbane, before the new school year and found the first entries go do with bridges. Apt because they seem to begin with my current location.

Victoria Bridge, Queen Street, Brisbane. The brownish waters of another capital city river’s waters pass below. The cultural center is ahead, although many dispute the presence of actual culture in Brisbane. A look down river presents a vista of the Kulpa pedestrian bridge that circles back on itself, all angles and curves. I have crossed that too.

victoria Bridge Brisbane
Wonderful Brisbane walk bridges

Merivale Rail Bridge. This one train only. Squeals of delight form the kids on this train. We passed incredible murals just out of the Roma Street station, but I was too slow with the camera. Maybe Google images will help.

Rail Bridge Brisbane
Over the Brisbane river

Gateway Bridge. The tall, stunning toll bridge to avoid Brisbane CBD. Artistic construction as if approaching such a view needs sculptors too. But the view back towards sky scrapers that edge the Brisbane River is still there. Even at the cost this is a smooth alternative to the CBD. Previously the only alternative was the Story Bridge and then through The Valley. Both local landmarks that are pretty to behold but a nuisance if you had to deal with them daily.

Gateway bridge
The major gateway to Brisbane city

The Captain Whish Bridge. Over the Caboolture River, traversed on the train towards the city. Named for an English sugar planter and civil servant, …’Australia must have impressed him for on 15 August 1862 he arrived in Queensland… and established the Oaklands sugar plantation at Caboolture….he raised a better crop than his main competitor…he was one of a small but influential group of gentlemen immigrants, who left India after the mutiny to seek fortunes in the newly separated tropical colony of Queensland….’sadly he perished trying to return to England when his ship sank, but there is mention of a widow, two sons and four daughters. Issues apparently left behind in Bombay. Thanks Australian dictionary of biography for that information.

Whish Bridge
The Caboolture Bridge

Just to be different – the Pacific Plaza Shopping Center Bridge. This complex is so big, (on steroids in Queensland) that it spans the motorway. The on-time creek over which the mall was built now also sports toys for entertainment on those waters.

Pacific Fair Shopping Center
A shopping centre bridge.

Sunshine motorway. Bright shining span over the Maroochy River, providing quick access to the Airport and northern Sunshine coast. Got to love the fact that skin-cancer causing, Vitamin D source forms the name of the whole area. What are we here for? Like to stop a while here and go into a little aside, just north of this bridge is the area of Mudjimba, lovely beach I visited in the mid-1970s. My first husband and I were so impressed with the wide expanse of empty beach on which to walk the dogs, cute beach shacks and rural ambience that we stopped there several times. Sure don’t look like that now.

'Sunshine motorway bridge
Sunshine coast – typical

Bridge on Eli Creek, Fraser Island. You can find the crystal waters of Eli creek mentioned as a must see on this equally head of the top tourist attractions island location. And yes it is a sparkling clear stream, naturally pressed through the sands. “Purest on the planet,” we are told. 19 degrees, crisp and refreshing. There are fish in the stream, without direct access to the ocean, ‘how do they get there?’ Birds carry in roe, apparently.

Eli Bridge Faser Island
Bridge and Water on largest sand land – Fraser Island

Over the Mary River @ Maryborough. As we passed the wide mud banks, and bothersome wind would dispute the tag of being Australia’s 2nd largest immigration port. What a strange, alien place for European immigrants to disembark? Being a resident of Sydney it’s hard to equate this muddy river with a history of bustling port.

Mary River Bridge
Phone problems – pretty sure this is the Mary River Bridge

I know this entry has been long, just two quick ones before I go onto something else.

Boyne Bridge, south of Rockhampton. There are plenty of items named Boyne in the region, an Island, river and such, but as yet I am having difficulty locating why the name. Seems that many bridges in the area are to be renamed, to better reflect history, so Boyne may be erased from this bridge. (feature image)

Bridge Flynn Rockhampton. I have recorded this mainly because there is an entry in my journal. Name location and question mark. That’s all? Maybe I wasn’t sure of the name as we drove over. Quite possibly this was all part of the huge road works that were part of the Yeppon bridge. Hope it eases the traffic snarl.

Mary Bridge Maryborough
Lucky we encountered less water.
Batman Bridge

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Taupo Bridges
The ‘holes’ bridge heading into Taupo.

Tongarirro River. In the vicinity of the Blue Holes fishing reserves. Curiosity about what these ‘holes’ were ensured we turned off to explore. We spent a great deal of time wondering how those fishermen got over the river, until our ambling led to the swing bridges. Department of conservation staff are working to improve the surface and ensure tourists and trout fishermen can continue to use the bridges. We also learnt that trout are not farmed, so the only trout you can eat in NZ you have to catch yourself. Limit of 3 per fisherman.

Highway 5- bypass, Lake Taupo Just outside the town over the Waikato river, this is noteworthy as a bonsai Sydney Harbor Bridge. Also crossed over the hydroelectricity and geothermal power pipes.

Bridge Taupo Highway 5
Shades of Sydney Harbour bridge

Aratiatia Dam-Rapids Dispute when is a dam wall a bridge? When water flows under it? The gates open daily to display what the waterway used to be pre-hydroelectricity plant construction. And my theory is that those gallons that spill to form the rapids also make various geysers in the Rotorua geothermal reserves go off.

Aratiatia Rapids Bridge
Spectators waiting on the bridge for the Rapids to open.

And the last from NZ – Raglan Bridge we could see this lit up at night from our hill-top Dolphin cottage. Jumping off were several Irish backpackers, their white skin illuminating the estuary below. The black sand was almost too hot to walk on. Here we encountered pale hills, stiff sea breeze and ocean swells like home.

Raglan Walk Bridge
Legs foreground, Bridge behind

Even though my other blog entries are still dealing with the travels in NZ, I will keep the bridge theme here.

Batman Bridge
Na..Na..Na… batman

Batman Bridge, Tamar Tasmania. First cable stayed bridge in Australia built in 1960s. Apparently this was to service the port of Launceston, but judging by the narrow roads the Batman seems more of a tourist attraction, or a possible way to avoid driving through Launceston. Even though the signs all say NO CAMPING I’m willing to suggest many still do.

Spikey Bridge, Swansea although technically we didn’t cross this bridge when we hurried from Coles Bay to Hobart, it was just beside the roadside, crowded with tourists and unique in every way.

Spiky Bridge Swansea Tasmania
Aptly named Spiky Bridge

Richmond Bridge Everyone who visits Hobart area of Tasmania has at least one picture of this bridge. Very windy the day we were there, but we still made the riverside our picnic lunch stop. Built in 1823 is the oldest functional bridge in Australia. Constructed 10 years prior to any similar structure. Designer unknown, probably a convict. This was a link between Hobart and Port Arthur before the causeway over the estuary was built. Apparently the ghost of a cruel supervisor haunts the area, laborers threw his body onto the rocks. No mention of how the man died! Tourists including groups pay no mind to this and climb over, under, besides and around. It took me ages to get an unpeopled photo.

Tasmania Richmond Bridge
Oldest, prettiest Richmond Bridge

Tasman Bridge So huge, so tall, the long-legged model of a bridge. Paramount in my memory is the disaster. This bridge was opened in 1964, and in 1975 the bulk carrier Lake Illawarra collided with a pylon. I still remember seeing images of cars teetering on the edge on the news. It took some 2 years and 44 million dollars to fix, in the meantime temporary measures such as car-ferries and boat transport had to be used. I’m still shocked as to how something like that could happen.

Tasman Bridge
The fixed version

More bridges will feature.

Tasman Bridge
And Broken version

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Over to Civic Square, Wellington also called the City to Sea Bridge. Looks like a miss-match from the street. All sorts of timbers and construction materials. Features heavily of birds and whales representations. Everything looks slightly recycled, as if already part of a city or sea-scape. Bridge Artist – designer (not sure of their correct title) Para Matchitt.

Wellington pedestrian bridge
Bridge of Art Object? Civic Sq. Wellington

Poet’s Bridge, New Plymouth In the gardens of Pukekura Park. Sounds romantic until you read the small print which says, this bridge was paid for by winnings returned from a race horse. Oh well, euphoria would have been the relevant emotion. We saw this bridge in dusk as well as illuminated during the Festival of Lights. Islanders who performed a melodious choral recital added to the ambience.

Poet's Bridge New Plymouth
Romantic or Race Horse? Poet’s Bridge

A few more swing bridges, which almost warrant a different category.

Lake Mangamahoe sounds like this should be somewhere amongst North American Indian lands, instead of part of gardens and regional parks just out of New Plymouth. Over sun-dappled creeks, and stagnate mud holes, a perfect to bounce and create havoc. Warnings declare that no more than two people should cross. Extract from information booklet …In the early 1920s New Plymouth City Council purchased land for a dam and a lake to act as a water catchment…. In 1932 the lake was created… and submerging 79 acres…To protect the steep hillside from eroding, development planting was untaken and shelter belts were planted…I guess rather than waste all that effort picturesque garden-bush land walking trails were later constructed,

Swing Bridge New Plymouth
Careful where you step.

Meeting of the Waters Can’t resist something with that wonderful title. While the walks were overgrown, cows watched our progress and others seemed more intent on plunging off ropes into the icy currents, this area will make both bridge and waterfall 2014 categories. We passed runoff cascades associated with hydroelectricity schemes on our walk to the bridge. Definitely up there as one of most memorable places in NZ; to think that we expected New Plymouth surrounds to be mostly industrial, should have known better!

Te Rewa Rewa part of the New Plymouth coastal walkway system. Some 11km along the coast, plenty of art and parklands along the way. This bridge was unique because it was supported from one side to the other. I have seen pictures of a sundial bridge in USA and this structure is a look-alike. Landscaped with local flax reeds. Lakes and estuary surroundings. Yet another West Coast of NZ New Plymouth surprise.

Walkway New Plymouth
Another Art Object disguised as a bridge. Te Rewa Rewa New Plymouth NZ

My last bridge for this entry is Cobham Bridge, Wanganui over the Wanganui River, if I remember correctly the longest navigable river in the North Island. Waikato is longer, but not considered readily sail-able. Although you can’t trust New Zealanders. I believe at least one person has descended the Waikato in a kayak. Lovely sculptured ironwork on this bridge. Great jogging track around Waganui’s Bridges, but the morning I headed out very muddy.

Bridges Wanganui NZ
Got to love a historical picture.
Cobham Bridge Wanganui NZ
I have jogged here too.