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Jubilee Bridge (South Side)

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Hidden : 4/13/2013
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Jubilee Bridge is part of a series based on interesting rail and other transportation sites uncovered in our research on the old Gold Coast.

The Jubilee Bridge was the first bridge built connecting Southport with Main Beach and Surfers Paradise, called Elston till 1933. It was constructed in 1925 and was named in honour of 50 years since the first Southport land sale in 1875.  Originally the bridge contained a drawbridge lifting section which would accommodate larger vessels such as the Maid of Sker (currently preserved in a park at Nerang) but this lifting span was removed in 1933 since there was no longer any significant river traffic to Brisbane. 
Jubilee Bridge 1926
Jubilee Bridge 1926. Photo taken Southport side - note the undeveloped nature of Main Beach.
photo courtesy of the Gold Coast City Council Local Studies Library
 
The bridge was replaced by the current “Sundale” bridge in 1966 and the remains of the Jubilee Bridge demolished.
 
This cache is sited on the southern side of the bridge, traffic heading south over the bridge would have continued travelling along what is now Main Beach Parade behind you to reach Surfers Paradise. Prior to the construction of the bridge the only way to access Main Beach was via Boulton’s passenger ferry or private boat. Vehicles had to cross the Nerang River by means of Meyers Ferry at Cavill Ave.
Map showing the bridge in relation to Southport and Main Beach
photo courtesy of the Gold Coast City Council Local Studies Library
 

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