Point of Interest

Pyrmont Bridge

Australia / The Pacific

The Pyrmont Bridge is a swing bridge which crosses Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour, and the oldest electrical working bridge in the world.  The new bridge was designed by Percy Allen (1861-1930), and opened on 28 June 1902.  It used to convey motor traffic, but since 1981 the bridge has only been for pedestrians and cyclists.  There was an earlier wooden pile bridge, opened on 17 March 1858, with swing panel to allow ships to pass.  That bridge was removed when the new bridge was built.  This bridge provides a vital link between the city and the inner western suburbs.  It swings open from a central plinth, enabling boats to pass by.

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