Spanning the picturesque Nepean Gorge, the Maldon Suspension Bridge is one of only a few true suspension bridges in New South Wales. It was built in 1903 to replace Harvey’s Crossing; a stone causeway situated a couple of hundred metres upstream.
Surrounded by natural fauna, the Maldon bridge differs from a typical suspension bridge in that the main cables leading from the towers are carried upwards to an anchorage in the sandstone cliffs instead of downwards to ground level.
Disaster struck in 1939 when a bushfire severely damaged the bridge and the original timber towers were replaced with identical steel ones. Maldon Suspension Bridge was closed to vehicle traffic with the opening of the F5 Freeway and the new Picton Road from Wilton in 1980.
The Maldon Suspension Bridge is closed to the public but can be viewed from a distance on Maldon Bridge Road located only 10 minutes by car from Picton.