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Love Padlocks on River Torrens Footbridge

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Published March 13th 2013
Looking for something romantic to do this weekend? Want to do something to surprise your loved one?

Look no further than the Footbridge along the River Torrens in central Adelaide.

Be ahead of the times and declare your love for each other by fixing a padlocks with your initials, names, a special date or message and then throwing the key into the river.

Fixing a lock onto the bridge gives a couple, a family or a friendship a special place of their own and the action of throwing the key into the river gives a sense of leaving the relationship to fate, spirituality or whatever you choose to believe in.



The Love Lock tradition can be traced back to before World War ll but has recently become a phenoneman with bridges in Europe becoming major tourist attractions.

Love Padlocks only began to appear on the bridge off Victoria Drive, behind Adelaide University's North Terrace Campus, a couple of months ago.

It's only claim to fame as yet is that Channel 10's Jane Reilly did her weather forecast from the site on Valentine's day.



You do need to bring your own lock and key with you as the Adelaide attraction hasn't exactly developed into the full-scale tourist's attraction that European love lock bridges are where you are bombarded with men trying to sell you locks.

If you are a visitor to Adelaide it is suggested that you use a lock that has two keys so you can keep one for yourself and reopen the lock when you visit Adelaide again (some people even go as far as keeping their keys from around the world, proving they have declared their love for another all over the world).

Parking is available along Victoria Drive but it is sometimes limited due to the close proximity to the Adelaide Zoo and University of Adelaide.

The footbridge is a serene location so perhaps even take a walk along the river and across the bridge if you are not quite ready to declare your love for one another.



Whilst some might say that there are not enough locks to be a 'tourist attraction', it is something culturally different which is rare for Adelaide and who knows your lock might be one that others are 'awwing' about in years to come.
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I wonder which locksmith had the idea for this. A good way to improve business in quiet times, but I hope the ducks don't eat the keys :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10999) 2015 days ago
Amazing phenomenon in Prague.......would be interesting to see it take off here & become a tourist attraction.
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 1829 days ago
My partner and I walked along this bridge last night and commented on the padlocks. I had heard of the phenomenon in Europe so I explained it to him. Fancy that, receiving this email today!!
He was not as impressed as me. Guess I know where I stand!!!!!
I think it is a lovely thought.
However, i am a little concerned about the danger to the wildlife in the Torrens. I would encourage people to keep their keys rather than throw them in the river.
by toodl (score: 1|75) 2012 days ago
There is also a lookout at Marino, on the walking trail from Kingston Park to Marino Cafe carpark, it is close to the Marino end. There is a lovely lookout with a bench seat to sit and watch the perfect sunsets and to watch the dolphins frolic in the waves, or to declare your love, as some have already done by locking their engraved padlock onto the lookout fencing.
by samir (score: 2|126) 2011 days ago
A quirky custom! Wonder if there's any other love locks around in Adelaide.
by Annie Waddington-Feather (score: 2|184) 1847 days ago
Great idea- I have my lock ready to go- still searching for my love and then when I find him I will be there. Nice to see a new theme for this bridge than what it was known as many years ago- but we wont go there!
by kristy (score: 1|12) 1834 days ago
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