Bridges in Sydney are replete with historical relevance and structural design significance. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, known for its majestic accolade worldwide and Australia’s centrepiece of welcoming the New Year is one great example. Of course, as my title speaks of, I am not going to be talking about the famed Sydney Harbour Bridge. But, instead, feature one of the lesser known bridge in Sydney but comparable to its impressive architectural design and historical backgrounds.
The ANZAC Bridge
The ANZAC Bridge which spans Johnstons Bay was opened in December 1995. It connects Pyrmont and Glebe Island. Before the bridge was built, two prior bridges sit on its place. When opened, it paved the way for a more structured passageway for the people of the western suburbs to be linked to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the city, as it is part of the Western Distributor freeway.
The bridge was constructed by Baulderstone and initially called the Glebe Island Bridge in 1995. In 1998, it was renamed to ANZAC Bridge in remembrance to the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand which fought courageously during World War I. It is, therefore, a fitting reminder of their gallant bravery as the flags of the two countries are put on top of the two pylons of the bridge. Indeed, a legacy that will always be in the hearts and minds of all Australians and Kiwis.
Where to see its grandeur?
For a panoramic view of the splendour of the ANZAC bridge head to the Bicentennial Park near Blackwattle Bay in the suburb of Glebe. From this viewpoint, one will be mesmerized by the colossal structure traversing Johnstons Bay. Behind the impressive bridge is the Sydney Harbour Bridge from afar. Near the end of its eastern side is the Sydney Tower, conspicuous amongst the towering high-rise buildings that surround it.
Facts about ANZAC Bridge:
- It is the longest cable-stayed span bridge in Australia with main span of 345m, and a total length of over 800m.
- It became a back drop of the 2000 Sydney Olympics at the 28 km mark.
- It is one of the bridges in the annual event “Seven Bridges Walk”.