Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge is now lovelock territory

Posted by barbara on August 23, 2012


Seal it with a kiss? Not necessarily. Some couples are 'locking up their love' in public places, with prominent bridges a popular choice.

'Lovelocks' (akka 'love locks' or 'love padlocks') are increasingly making an appearance along the pedestrian walkway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Their numbers have jumped over the past few months with the most popular 'lock up and throw away the key' site directly below the bridge's highpoint where a congregation of lovelocks now adorn the wire.

For the record, the least popular lovelock 'posting' site along the walkway stretch of wire is along the northern extent of the bridge, approaching the steps down to Milsons Point.


Most of the love padlocks bear the first names of the lovers in question and the date they 'posted' their commitment on the bridge, the most sophisticated among them engraved and others scrawled in indelible marker pens.

Who's behind the adoption of this European ritual that apparently dates its origins to the early 2000s? Are we talking about savvy international tourists introducing this fad to Australian shores and are local lovestrucks joining in? Who knows.

The question is, how long will these sentimental lovelocks be allowed to accumulate before the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the managers of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, dust off their wire cutters?



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