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.
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.
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.
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.