Lake Macquarie History

Shared Stories: Feeling Nostalgic

Feeling nostalgic

Old wooden bridges are disappearing from NSW. Driving over single lane wooden bridges has long been a shared experience of regional life. Do you remember pulling over to allow others to pass, driving slowly and the particular sound of the wheels on the wooden deck?

Wooden bridges were a feature of Lake Macquarie until the 1970s. With two main creek systems and many smaller creeks feeding the Lake many bridges were needed to make transportation around the region possible.

Many locals remember the old Watkins Bridge, which spanned Cockle Creek and connected Boolaroo to Teralba. A trip over the bridge usually involved pulling into the bay at the centre of the bridge to allow other cars to pass.

Slatey Creek is in Seahampton, the northernmost part of Lake Macquarie.

Slatey Creek Bridge plan
Unknown maker
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Lake Macquarie City Council Local Studies Collection
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