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Sandridge Bridge Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 01/06/2011
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Geocache Description:

Firstly , A Warm Welcome to Our Interstate and International Visitors to Melbourne - enjoy your stay in our wonderful city .

In your log you can list your origin..

Sandridge Bridge forms a unique link with Melbourne's past and present and well worth the short walk from Flinders Street Station.

*** Top Found Geocaches in Australia as of 24/10/2018
# 2 with 2838 finds - Bring Ya Rod # 6 - Melbourne Aquarium
# 6 with 2359 finds - Sandridge Bridge
# 7 with 2337 finds - Skyhooks this is my city .

Sandridge Bridge was the first steel bridge over the Yarra River forming a link between the city and Port Melbourne, where thousands of immigrants first landed on Australian shores..
Built in 1888, at the height of Marvellous Melbourne it closed in 1987 and quickly fell into disrepair. The $18.5M redevelopment funded by the City of Melbourne and the State Government, includes the magnificent sculptures - The Travellers - a series of giant steel sculptures, depicting the waves of immigrants who journeyed to make Melbourne their home. .
The Travellers - a series of giant steel sculptures slide quietly across the Yarra, depicting the waves of immigrants who have journeyed to make Melbourne their home. "They are of different cultures, they are of different places and they come to meet on the bridge. That's how Melbourne is," Lebanese artist Nadim Karam said of his giant figurines. .
Nine of the 10 sculptures, fixed to a bogie system to cross the river three times a day, represent Australian immigration from the convict and gold rush periods through to the refugee and professional newcomers of today. .
The final sculpture, which represents Victoria's Aboriginal communities, is stationed permanently on the river bank. "The Travellers on the bridge depict everybody who has come to Australia, with the exception of our mob, folks - we were here already," Koori Heritage Trust former CEO Jim Berg stated ..
The location of the work is also symbolic - it is at the point in the river where fresh and salt water combine, where Aboriginal communities once met and where John Batman later chose to build the city of Melbourne..
And, fixed to the Sandridge Rail Bridge, it follows the old rail route from the port to Flinders Street, tracing the path on which thousands of immigrants made their first journey on Australian soil. The historic bridge, built in 1888 by David Munro with the help of Sir John Monash, formed part of Australia's first railway line and is one of the earliest examples of steel bridge girders on the Victorian rail system..

For Visitors to this area The FREE Spectacular Crown Casino Gas Brigade Show ( Fireballs ) can be viewed adjacent to the cache locations ..
Sandridge Bridge . GC287CR
Bring Ya Rod # 6 – Melbourne Aquarium . GC21Y1Y
Skyhooks – This is My City . GC287CP

Fireballs are released from the top of the towers with vertical water walls on the east and west side of the towers. The first gas brigade show fires at different times throughout the year, depending on what time the sun sets

• There are eight towers, 10 metres high, 50 metres apart with water pouring down grooved granite faces.
• The small fireballs are 3 metres in diameter, the large ones 7 metres in diameter.
• The fireballs, the largest ever created in the world, are programmed by computer with a built-in security over-ride system. Wind sensors and an on-site technician monitor weather and safety conditions.

Gas Brigade operation is dependant on the wind and other weather conditions. Gas Brigade shows will fire on the hour, starting at the times scheduled below.

Sunday - Thursday 7.00pm (8.00pm during Daylight Saving Time) to Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7.00pm (8.00pm during Daylight Saving Time) to 1am

Sunday - Thursday 9.00pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday 9.00pm to 1am

Sunday - Thursday 7.00pm (8.00pm during Daylight Saving Time) to Midnight
Friday & Saturday 7.00pm (8.00pm during Daylight Saving Time) to 1am

Sunday - Thursday 6.00pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday 6.00pm to 1am

Gas Brigades will not fire on days of Total Fire Ban declared for the Central Region by the CFA.
Gas Brigade operation is subject to prevailing weather conditions - such as strong or gusty winds


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