La Trobe Swing Bridge
La Trobe Swing Bridge
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Paul L
Hallam, Australia998 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Solo
Hadn't seen a swing bridge before so this was a novelty. It's not too far from town and it was very easy to get a parking spot in the small carpark. Note that this was in the middle of winter and outside of school holidays - presumably it gets more crowded during peak tourist season.

The bridge isn't open to vehicle traffic anymore but you can walk across it - it's recommended you walk across even if you are on a bicycle due to the rough surface and cracks between panels. It would be best to visit when they open the bridge - times are advertised - though it's hardly a quick operation and the novelty does wear off before the operation is complete. But it's something you want to see at least once.
Written 16 July 2023
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John S
Melbourne, Australia1,994 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We were on a scheduled river cruise when we stopped near the bridge to watch it start to open.
the preliminary works take almnost 30 minutes before the bridge starts moving, ever so slowly.
An interesting piece of engineering.
Written 10 January 2023
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
While the function of the bridge is no longer necessary, it is wonderful to see that a bridge of such historic significance has been maintained in working order (which can be seen on weekends at specific times). Well worth seeing at any time to simply marvel at the engineering involved and the importance of its function historically.
Written 7 January 2023
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Murray_and_Karina
Traralgon, Australia57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Went to see the swing bridge. However, the bridge is under repairs - so isn't working at the moment.
Also the surrounding picnic area hadn't been mowed for a while
Written 30 September 2022
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia1,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
The oldest working swing bridge in Australia, over the Latrobe River.
Even though it was a cold day, this was a great visit. With no traffic going across, we walked across, stopped in the middle and really got a chance to check it out well. Lots of birdlife- parrots, cormorants, and some eagle/hawks flying above.
At the moment it opens on Sundays. We were here midweek, so didn't see it, but will certainly try to see it next time we're nearby.
BE WARNED- if you're coming from Sale, the sign is only 100mts beforehand- very tricky to slow down in a 100km zone in time. The turn is immediately after the bridge the sign is on. It would be a LOT safer if it could be placed a bit further away, for more warning for drivers.
Written 1 June 2022
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A few minutes drive south from Sale is this incredible example of Victorian engineering spanning the La Trobe River. There are a few information boards around to explain about its history. The bridge is still operational however it is currently undergoing some maintenance now and then.
Written 25 April 2022
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Inge K
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I walked to the swing bridge and really enjoyed seeing this beautifully restored bridge. It was great to see it and take some photos of it. The surrounding areas are picturesque as well.
Written 26 September 2021
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Catherine G
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
The guys who operare the swing bridge did not tell us ahead that it will move and got stuck on the other side because we parked on the opposite side of where we were crossing. Should give vistors notice so they can cross the bridge before they move the bridge. The place is great but the experience was bad as we had to wait to get back to the car and wasted some time to explore other places.
Written 26 September 2021
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Merryn
Essendon, Australia127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Easy to get to by car on the way out of Sale and an interesting piece of engineering to view! Great spot for relaxing and taking landscape photos.
Written 2 April 2021
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C...
Victoria, Australia82,777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Swing Bridge is an integral part of the Sale Communities history... it reminds us of another time when commerce came by boat and the canal area buzzed with activity.

Anyone who grew up in this area has driven across this bridge as a child on their way to Seaspray, Golden Beach or Loch Sport... it was always a landmark.

These days you can no longer drive over it, however they have ensured it was retained for historic reasons... and you can picnic on the banks of the river. There are information signs on both banks and plenty of local fishing areas along these banks too. Another wonderful way to view this bridge is to do the Rubeena trip up the river when the bridge is open. The bridge is a moveable bridge, so there are regular days when you view the old mechanisms in action.

Not too far from this bridge, there are also murals on a stanchion of the highway that passes over the road into the bridge. ( Accessed on the Sale side of the bridge)

From the canal in town you can walk. or bike to the bridge and you often see people taking this opportunity. I was there on dusk and whilst there were a few people around... it was peaceful.
Written 6 March 2021
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