A sight of the vast blue expanse of the Tasman Sea will meet your eyes if you decide to take a stroll, cycle or drive along the 665 metres of Sea Cliff Bridge. The bridge is located on the Lawrence Hargrave Drive near Wollongong, and forms a part of the Grand Pacific Drive. Parking can be found on either ends of the bridge, and toilets are also available at these locations.
I visited this bridge for the purposes of testing out a new camera. It was certainly a worthwhile trip. Walking along the footpath which lay alongside this picturesque drive, I was truly impressed by the sights I saw. Though I did not see any migrating whales (something which can apparently be seen from this bridge during the migrating season) I was nonetheless thoroughly awed by the view from the bridge. If you are interested in photography, visiting this bridge on a sunny day is truly a must.
Sea Cliff Bridge is also known for the ‘love locks’ which have been attached to it since its opening in 2005. Couples would engrave their names upon padlocks and attach them to the railings. However, the adornment of the bridge with these symbols of fidelity and romance is now prohibited (though despite this, I did see the odd lock here and there). The reason for this was that despite the initial charm of the locks, over time they tended to rust in a somewhat unbecoming manner.
Visit Sea Cliff bridge for an enjoyable time soaking in the sights and experiences that a scenic coastal road offers.
Where: Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coalcliff, NSW 2508.
Why: For an invigorating walk with breathtaking views.
When: Any time, but it's advisable to visit during the day as the bridge is not lit at night.
Good for kids: Yes. There is a railing between the footpath and the road.