Phillip Island History
|Bass Coast History||Canny Scots||Captain Grossard||Cleeland - Woolamai Run||Speke Wreck|
|Isle Of Wight||Grand Prix 1928||Corumba Lost||Island Bridge|
The Bridge - Link To The Mainland
Phillip Island's only link with the mainland is by bridge. The old Phillip Island Suspension Bridge was opened by the then Premier Mr Albert Dunstan, (the ribbon being cut by his wife) on Friday November 29th 1940. It was 1765 feet long. Width of pavement 18ft with 6 pedestrian refuges along its length.
Cost was between $50-$60,000. Its concrete successor was finished in November 1969 is 2,100 ft long with a width of pavement 28feet and 5 feet for pedestrian traffic cost was $3,250,000. Prior to 1940 the island was reached by steamer, then car ferries (could do with one today).