Sea Cliff Bridge

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Sea Cliff Bridge
Sea Cliff Bridge from air.jpg
Coordinates 34°15′14″S 150°58′26″E / 34.25389°S 150.97389°E / -34.25389; 150.97389Coordinates: 34°15′14″S 150°58′26″E / 34.25389°S 150.97389°E / -34.25389; 150.97389
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles
Locale Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Design Balanced cantilever [1]
Material Steel reinforced concrete [1]
Total length 455.6 metres (1,495 ft) [1]
Height 41 metres (135 ft) at highest point [1]
Longest span 3 x 108 metres (354 ft) [1]
Number of spans 5 [1]
Construction end 9 December 2005 [1]
Opened 11 December 2005 [1]

The Sea Cliff Bridge is a balanced cantilever bridge located in the northern Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The $52 million[2] bridge links the coastal villages of Coalcliff and Clifton. Featuring two lanes of traffic, a cycleway and a walkway, the Sea Cliff Bridge boasts spectacular views and is a feature of the scenic Lawrence Hargrave Drive.


The Sea Cliff Bridge replaced a section of Lawrence Hargrave Drive that was permanently closed in August 2003 due to regular rock falls. A public outcry emerged over the road closure as Lawrence Hargrave Drive is the only road directly linking Coalcliff, Stanwell Park, Otford and Helensburgh to the northern suburbs of Wollongong.[3] The bridge was officially opened by NSW Premier Morris Iemma at a 'ribbon cutting' ceremony on 11 December 2005, and has met with great public approval and increased business for the area's tourism industry.[3]

The Sea Cliff Bridge was named by 11-year-old schoolgirl Makenzie Russell (St. Brigids)[4] following a naming competition opened to local primary school students.

It is a popular location for Love padlocks.[5]

The Sea Cliff Bridge is one of only seven off-shore parallel to coast bridges in the world.[citation needed]


In the popular media[edit]

The Sea Cliff Bridge has been featured in a joint 2007 Ferrari/Shell Fuel television advert that was shown in many countries around the world including Australia.[6] The television advert featured a Ferrari Formula 1 car being driven along the bridge at high speed, continuing a trend of using the bridge in a television commercial.

The bridge has been featured in many car advertisements around the world, including in VE Holden Commodore commercials. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sea Cliff Bridge - Bridge Construction Statistics". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Sea Cliff Bridge - Home Page". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Sea Cliff Bridge - Why Was It Constructed ?". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Sea Cliff Bridge - Makenzie who?". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Sea Cliff Bridge holds key to love". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Tourism NSW - Insights 19 April 2007". Retrieved 2009-05-24. 

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