Princes Bridge, Melbourne

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Princes Bridge, originally Prince's Bridge, is an important bridge in central Melbourne, Australia that spans the Yarra River. It is built on the site of one of the oldest river crossings in Australia. The bridge connects Swanston Street on the north bank of the Yarra River to St Kilda Road on the south bank, and carries road, tram and pedestrian traffic. The present bridge was built in 1888 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
Because of its position, Princes Bridge is often a focal point for celebratory events in Melbourne such as the Moomba Festival, New Years Eve and many celebrations taking place on the Yarra River where it flows through the city.
When the first European settlers settled in Melbourne in 1835 there was no permanent crossing point of the Yarra River. Over time various punt and ferry operators set up business to ferry people and other traffic across the river. The colonial government in Sydney was unreliable in providing funds for the construction of a bridge, resulting in most of Melbourne’s early infrastructure being provided by private enterprise. On 22 April 1840, a private company was formed to construct a bridge across the Yarra. Traders in Elizabeth Street vied with those in Swanston Street to have the through traffic that would be generated by a bridge. On the south bank of the river, St Kilda Road was still a dirt track.
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  • The Princes Bridge is not particularly interesting architecturally, but it is still an important link across the Yarra River. To the south you reach the Shrine of Remembrance and the Botanical Garden. To the north you get directly to downtown Melbourne.
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  • I used it when I walked the promenade along the Yarra River from the museum and headed to Flinderstreet Station. When you approach the bridge, the carriage runs, and the atmosphere goes up considerably. Tram access is good, but the weather is good, and when you have time, you can walk and walk while looking at the Yarra River bridge.
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  • Possibly Melbourne's most famous bridge. Great views of the city and the Yarra river when crossing it. You never know who you'll meet crossing it.
  • Brings you back to England. The bridge between city and the Art Centre. Lovely view of Yarra.
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