While he may not be as impressive as his southern brother, the historic and beautiful Ross Bridge, Ticky Tacky Bridge is still fascinating non the less, with his two arches spanning Tacky Creek, at the northern entrance to Ross.
Before Ross was bypassed the State Route 1 came directly through Ross, and those coming from the north would travel over the Ticky Tacky Bridge to access the village.
The town of Ross was bypassed when the newly constructed section of the Midland Highway was opened to traffic in December 1971, taking State Route 1 out of the town centre. The bypass included an upgrade to the northern entry to Ross, meaning the little Ticky Tacky Bridge was no longer used.
How Ticky Tacky Bridge got its name is a mystery. It spans Tacky Creek, maybe it’s a nickname by the locals from the early days.
The two arches of the Ticky Tacky Bridge spans Tacky Creek, at the northern entrance to Ross.
The photographer’s little car is parked where the highway once came straight in to Ross One local recalls how they would whiz over this bridge when coming home to Ross from the north.
Looking to the north. Once upon a time the highway from the north came straight over this bridge towards Ross. The entrance is now a left hand turn just past the Ticky Tacky bridge.
A closer look at the two arches of the Ticky Tacky Bridge
The eastern side of the Ticky Tacky Bridge, located at the northern entrance to Ross. In the background is the tower with the sculpture depicting the 42nd parallel south, a circle of latitude on Earth’s equatorial plane. The 42nd parallel south does not cross land in very many places, however Tasmania sits right on it. There is interpretation behind the Town Hall at Ross where you can find out much more about it.
Ross is easy to find – we’re 120 km north of Hobart and 78 km south of Launceston just off the Midland Highway (Hwy 1).
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, 7 days.
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, and until 12.00 pm on Anzac Day.