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Published June 29th 2014
Exploring the Yarra Footbridge
Southgate Footbridge
Southgate Footbridge on the Yarra

The Yarra Footbridge links the Flinders St Station to Southgate and is located on the Yarra between the Princes and the Sandridge Bridges. It was built in 1989, and as such is a relatively new pedestrian only crossing. It is a very busy thorough fare, with lots of foot traffic.

On closer inspection it reveals a few unexpected features. The first is a string of "Love Locks" which adorn the sides of the bridge.

lovelocks
on the Yarra Footbridge


A Love lock is a symbol of love between two people. It could be for a love interest of some kind or for a special relationship. If you live in Melbourne then this is the place to attach your Love Lock perhaps after a romantic evening or a lovely walk - the choice is yours.

You will need to purchase your padlock and inscribe on it your own and your loved one's name or initials and then secure it to the railing and throw away the key to symbolize your unbreakable bond.

 A string of Love Locks on the Yarra Footbridge
A close up of A string of Love Locks


Under the bridge there is Ponyfish Island bar that clings to a pylon beneath the bridge, in the middle of the Yarra River. It is an open air bar that is surrounded by water on both sides and it not at all wheel chair friendly as it is only accessible by the stairs the above bridge.

Ponyfish Island
Ponyfish Island under the Southgate Footbridge


I do believe this might be Australia's smallest island.

So next time you are walking across this bridge consider placing a padlock (a love padlock of course) of your own to declare your love for someone special and perhaps finish the event off with a drink on Ponyfish Island.
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Why? To see the Declarations of Love
When: 24/7
Where: Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne VIC 3006
Cost: Free to look
Your Comment
Classic. What a great idea for an article.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5643) 1874 days ago
Not keen on lovelocks. Anyone seen the recent collapse of a Parisian bridge support structure due to the extreme weight of such a collectio?
by TopPod (score: 0|2) 1873 days ago
I am too very against the locks. People are very selfish. Do they have to leave a trail behind? Why can't they just let it be? I think the locks make the bridge look really ugly. I live in Southbank and have to see that everyday. The Ponyfish Island bar is cool though.
by Chatnoir (score: 0|3) 1870 days ago
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