Sale Swing Bridge

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Sale Swing Bridge
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Sale swing bridge, in closed position
Coordinates38°08′47″S 147°05′13″E / 38.146345°S 147.086860°E / -38.146345; 147.086860Coordinates: 38°08′47″S 147°05′13″E / 38.146345°S 147.086860°E / -38.146345; 147.086860
DesignerJohn Grainger
Constructed byVictorian government

The Sale Swing Bridge is located on the South Gippsland Highway Longford, 5 km south of the city of Sale, Victoria, Australia and spans the Latrobe River at its junction with the Thomson River.

Designed by John Grainger[1]: pp.2–3  and built in 1883 by the Victorian government,[2][3] it was the first movable bridge built in Victoria. Its wrought-iron structure, 45 metres long, pivots on cylindrical steel columns. At its peak, the bridge was opened up to 20 times a day, allowing the movement of steamers between Sale and Melbourne.

The bridge underwent major restoration works towards the end of 2003, which were completed by the start of 2006.[2] Since the restoration about 2,500 tourists have visited the bridge each year.[4]

The Sale Swing Bridge was used as a set in 2007 for the filming of the 2008 film The Tender Hook, starring Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne.[5]

In April 2017 vandals lodged a block of wood in the gear mechanism, causing an axle to bend and the bottom roller beam to crack. The bridge was re-opened in July 2017 after a $160,000 repair.[4]

Engineering heritage award[edit]

The bridge is listed as an Engineering Heritage National Landmark by Engineers Australia as part of its Engineering Heritage Recognition Program.[6]


  1. ^ Tibbits, G. R. and Beauchamp, D. John Harry Grainger: Engineer and Architect at 3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2013
  2. ^ a b City of Sale, Gippsland, Victoria ~ Community Information Website ~ Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia Archived 2 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Harper, Brian (July 2002). "Sale Swing Bridge". The Newsletter of Engineering Heritage Australia. Engineers Australia (13): 7. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Bridge Back in the Swing". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Underworld film brings stars to Gippsland". ABC Arts Online. Retrieved 31 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Sale Swing Bridge, Thompson River, 1883". Engineers Australia. Retrieved 7 May 2020.

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