webb bridge melbourne docklands

Webb Bridge in Melbourne, Docklands area

Last updated on June 14th, 2017 at 08:55 pm

It is one thing to have an inspired idea, another to realise it. Collaborations between artists and architects can produce fascinating results and this is the case of the Webb bridge in Melbourne

This bridge is the last pedestrian passage that connect South Wharf, famous for the bars and the outlet, with the Docklands area

Robert Owen

Sculptor Robert Owen, a distinguished Melbourne artist, imagined the bridge as a Koori eel trap and he developed the design with Architects Denton Corker Marshall.  In the design sequence, Owen’s idea for an eel-trap shape lattice that enclose the bridge was given to the engineers Arup (who were responsible many years ago for the Sydney Opera House, although not its architecture).

Bridge structure

Arup developed the cage shaped structure so that it represents the artist’s idea. At the same time it should have been affordable and buildable. It was built in Geelong, a town around 75km from Melbourne, and shipped here already erected. It was then placed in just few hours.

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Why the name Webb Bridge

So why the name Webb Bridge? Because the remaining sections of the Webb Dock Rail Bridge was used to link the Docklands on the north-side to the new residential developments, on the south-side.

The bridge comprises two distinct paths for the cyclists and the pedestrians although these may not be that clear, so pay attention if you are already inside it.

Photography tips

The big tip here is to come back after dusk. It is with the dark that the Webb Bridge shines. The design of the lighting is a piece of art on its own. The awesome and experience usage of led lights along the structures is a real beautification of an already impressive structure, or should I call it piece of art?


The main picture on top was instead taken from the big bridge facing the Webb. You just have to walk around and you will have definitely a different viewpoint.

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Stefano Ferro
Stefano is a travel and landscape photographer with a background in cycling, movie and lifestyle photography. When in Melbourne, his hometown, you will see him cycling around at sunset or sunrise looking for the best spot for a photo of this beautiful city. It is quite amazing how much photography gear he can pack on his bike :o
  1. Awesome looking bridge. Love your photo tips too, I am learning to take better night shots. I originally thought it was called the Web Bridge because it looked like a web but look at that, as we say in the south, “ya learned me!”

    • Reply

      Hi Eric, thanks for your feedback
      I actually believe that lots of people do think the same about the name of the bridge, till they realise it is actually a name of a person. Maybe I did as well LOL…can’t remember now LOL

      Opposite the Webb Bridge there is the relatively new Jim Stynes Bridge, another great place for photography and just few meters away. You can check it out in this list of the bridges to visit in Melbourne.

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