Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney

Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney

The Pyrmont Bridge, connected the city of Sydney with the western suburbs. It is one of the oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridges in the world. Engineers Australia declared the bridge as a National Engineering Landmark.

The present Pyrmont Birdge replaced an older wooden bridge and was opened to traffic in 1902. The swingspan helped tall ships that could not go under the bridge to pass through. It was designed by engineer, Percy Allan who was known for his common sense approach in designing structures. He believed in economical use of material and ease of construction and maintenance. It had the largest swingspans in the world and the first to be powered by electricity. Most other swingspan bridges were driven by winches using steam or hydraulic power. When Pyrmont Bridge opened, it was a high traffic bridge as Darling Harbour was the main industrial area of Sydney. Warehouses, railway junctions and international ships docked at the harbour. After large container ships were introduced, Darling Harbour was found unsuitable and the area declined.

Pyrmont Bridge was restored and reopened in 1988 when Darling Harbour was converted into a recreation precinct. The Swingspan was made functional and a monorail runs above it connecting Darling Harbour with the Sydney Central Business District.

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Sight Name: Pyrmont Bridge
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Landmarks Walking Tour in Sydney Walking Tour: Pyrmont Area

Walking Tours in Sydney, Australia

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Walking Tour: Pyrmont Area

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Walking Tour on Sydney’s East Shore

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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