It might seem like yesterday, but it’s actually 10 years this weekend since the official opening of the Sea Cliff Bridge!
Since that time it’s featured in just about every TV car ad that’s been made, and hosted millions of tourists, stopping to walk it’s length and take photos from it’s incredible vantage points.
A ceremony has been held already to celebrate, featuring Heathcote MP Lee Evans and McKenzie Russell, who won a schools competition as an 11 year old and holds the prestigious honour of ‘namer of the bridge’.
“I may be biased but there is surely no more picturesque road along the coastline anywhere in the world that tops the Sea Cliff Bridge.”
The $52 million bridge is 665 meters long and 41 meters at its highest point, and was built after a major rockfall finally closed the road in 2003.
Mr Evans says more than 4200 vehicles use the bridge every day and on weekends it’s not uncommon for more than 10,000 vehicles to pass over.
He says the bridge has also been a boon to the local economy because it’s used as a backdrop for so many TV commercials. “It’s been used to help sell tyres, petrol, engine oil and cars. “It’s also been a wonderful backdrop for skin and hair-care commercials, fashion shoots and films including a Bollywood production and an episode of Top Gear.”
“The bridge is also one of only seven off-shore parallel-to-coast bridges in the world, and the bridge is also the perfect place to spot whales!”
To celebrate a decade of the Sea Cliff Bridge, a book has been written. You can read more about that HERE
AND- Photographer Craig Powell will hold an exhibition at the Clifton School of Arts Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 (between 10am and 4pm) featuring photos of the Illawarra, of course including the Sea Cliff Bridge!
Photos:- Craig Powell –