Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge

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Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge
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Coordinates32°40′09″S 152°10′06″E / 32.669202°S 152.168262°E / -32.669202; 152.168262Coordinates: 32°40′09″S 152°10′06″E / 32.669202°S 152.168262°E / -32.669202; 152.168262
Carriesmotor vehicles, pedestrians
CrossesMyall River
LocaleBetween Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, New South Wales, Australia
Official nameTea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge
Designgirder bridge
Total length304.3 metres (998 ft)
No. of spans9
Piers in water8
Clearance below10.6 m (34.8 ft)
Opened6 April 1974

The Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge, also known as the Singing Bridge, crosses the Myall River connecting the two townships of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest in the Mid-Coast Council, New South Wales, Australia. It got its name from the musical sounds the bridge railings generate during strong south-westerly winds causing the bridge to act as a wind harp.[1]


About 1928, a ferry service started carrying passengers and, later, vehicles between the two townships across the Myall River. In peak holiday periods, however, the length of queues reached unacceptable levels of up to six hours waiting time, creating demand for a bridge.[1] The Tea Gardens-Hawks Nest Bridge was completed and opened by the New South Wales Minister for Public Works on 6 April 1974.[2] The building cost of the bridge was A$1.2 million. The bridge was placed immediately downstream of the ferry crossing and then replaced the ferry service.[1]


The Singing Bridge is a girder bridge made of prestressed concrete and normal reinforced concrete with a total length of 304.3 metres (998 ft). It has 7 spans of 35.3 metres (116 ft) length and two spans of 28.3 metres (93 ft) length. It carries a two-lane road 7.3 metres (24 ft) wide and two pedestrian walkways 1.5 metres (5 ft) wide.[3] The bridge has a clearance of 10.6 m (34.8 ft) at high water.[4]

Located at the northeastern end of the bridge is the Jean Shaw Koala Reserve, which is part of a wildlife corridor to the Myall Lakes, and koalas have been recorded crossing the bridge at night.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Brian A Engel; Janis Winn; John Wark (March 2001). "Tea Gardens Walk page 6". Brian A Engel. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  2. ^ "Annual Report 1973-74" (PDF). Department of Public Works (New South Wales). 1975. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. (PDF page 8)
  3. ^ "Annual Report 1973-74" (PDF). Department of Public Works (New South Wales). 1975. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-15. (PDF page 33)
  4. ^ "Myall River Map" (PDF). New South Wales Maritime. Retrieved 2009-03-15.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens Endangered Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Population" (PDF). Approved NSW Recovery Plan. Department of Environment and Conservation (New South Wales). July 2003. Retrieved 2009-03-15. (PDF page 9)