This photo is the underside of the Ryde Bridge (northbound lanes). In truth I was hoping to take a picture of the gap between the north and southbound bridges, but a great big bush stood in the way of the perfect angle.
The Meadowbank wharf area has some great views of both the Ryde Bridge and the rail bridge, all of them with their own history reflecting Sydney’s early industrial heritage.
The Ryde Bridge was built almost 80 years ago and allowed for the unloading of timber via a mechanism in the middle – now removed. The road initially carried a toll to cross, which was repealed when the bridge had paid for itself, just 13 years later.
Prior to the bridge traffic would traverse the river via punt, which operated between Meadowbank ferry wharf, and a berth (still existing) just to the east of the rail bridge.
It is also documented that the keel of the HMAS Stuart, a naval Destroyer, lies beneath the river floor under the bridge. I’m not sure how or why it’s there (it’s beggars belief the Stuart tried to navigate the Parramatta River), all I can find on the topic is numerous other websites that have quoted the exact same paragraph from Wikipedia!