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Batman Bridge

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Published March 13th 2016
A spectacular man-made creation to visit
Spanning across the picturesque Tamar River and being one the world's first cable-styled truss bridges, Batman Bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges created by man that must be seen!

The Batman Bridge viewed at the rest stop area.


This modern bridge was opened in 1968 and named after John Batman, one of the founders of Melbourne, who earlier lived in northern Tasmania. It is situated less than an hour drive from Launceston and the tourist drive to Batman Bridge is just as incredible as this formation.

A close-up of the amazing structure.


Batman Bridge is dominated by the 100 metre high steel A-frame tower with the main span measuring to 206 metres long. The tower is on the west bank of the Tamar River, on a solid dolerite rock base which carries 78% of the weight of the main span!

As you cross the bridge you will see spectacular views on both sides, and it makes you want to take the turn off into the Batman Bridge rest area and explore the beauty that lays beneath this interesting bridge.

Enjoying a rest break by the riverside.


Once you take the turn off you are greeted with stunning greenery from the surrounding bushland. An information stand, as well as plaque, is situated here too. There are also many picnic areas that can be found across this rest area.



A lovely stroll along the river banks can be enjoyed here as well as other walks into the bushland and surroundings, where views of Batman Bridge can be seen in the distance.

Be sure to take a stop and admire this man-made structure and the natural beauty surrounding it!

For a little information, Batman Bridge is pronounced 'Batm 'n', as opposed to the famous Gotham's caped crusader!

We spotted this cute duck family while taking a stroll around Batman Bridge.


You can also enjoy a luncheon cruise where you will cruise the magical Cataract Gorge through to Launceston's river-front precinct passing Tamar Island, historical sites and buildings, churches, vineyards and of course the notable Batman Bridge. For all information about the luncheon cruise click here.



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Why? There is plenty to see & do here...
When: All year round
Where: Batman Hwy, Sidmouth
Cost: Free
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