​Optus Stadium - Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup Bridge will connect people moving between East Perth, Burswood Peninsula and Optus Stadium. The bridge will start in East Perth at Nelson Avenue, south of Nile Street, and includes a special event bus stand to move patrons away from residential streets and connect them to the Perth CBD and car park facilities.

The bridge is a key component of Optus Stadium transport plan and will provide patron connectivity between Perth's CBD, East Perth and the Stadium. Further information is available from Optus Stadium website.


Video: Matagarup Bridge Steel Assembly and Arch Erection Animation 

Latest news

Out of hours work - Burswood site

Out-of-hours work will be happening at the Burswood construction site this Sunday 11 February between 9am and 7pm to receive steel deliveries. Residents may notice minor noise and traffic disruptions as the steel is moved onto site. All efforts will be made to minimise noise, where possible.

Work hour changes (Burswood site) - 19 February

We will be changing shift work patterns starting from 19 February, the approved work hours will be:

  •  Monday to Saturday, 7am - 7pm
  •  Monday to Friday, 7pm - 7am
  •  Sunday, 9am - 7pm

Current status and deliveries

Work is currently underway in and adjacent to the river in East Perth as part of works for Matagarup Bridge. The Swan River Pedestrian Bridge Alliance (SRPBA), responsible for building the bridge, is working with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) to manage all works adjacent to the river. 

Delivery of the steel bridge components that will make up the main bridge structure including the 20-metre-long steel arches of the finished bridge began delivery on 24 January. Deliveries will be made to Burswood and East Perth, some deliveries will be oversized loads, these will be managed by our Heavy Vehicle Services area and will move via designated routes between Henderson and Burswood or East Perth.

On the Burswood side of the river  the temporary construction causeway has been extended to create room to assemble some of the bridge arches, from there some of the arches will be moved by barge and erected into their final position, others will be erected from the temporary construction causeways. We apologise for the disruptions that may occur as a result of assembly and installation activities. Equipment and work methods have been planned to minimise noise and a specific noise management plan will be implemented. Noise monitoring will also occur to ensure works are within approved noise limits.

Navigation channel closures on the Swan River will be required when the steel arches are lifted into place, closure dates and times will be available here as they become available.

Scope of works

  • The bridge will be approximately 65 metres tall at its highest point and stretches 370 metres from bank to bank, with a steel cable-stay span of 160 metres at its centre
  • There will be approximately 8 metres between the water and the underside of the bridge
  • Only two piers are located in the river, respecting the area’s heritage and minimise the impact on the river
  • It will be at least nine metres wide, wider at pause points and includes some shelter.

 Image: New design during the day

Image: New design at night


 Image: Matagarup Bridge map


​Key benefits

  • Create a key element of the integrated transport management solution to move people to and from the Optus Stadium when it is completed in 2018, along with the buses and trains.
  • Offer a new connection from East Perth to the transformed Burswood Peninsula and Stadium.
  • Provide year-round access for local residents and the community to playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas plus a network of walking and cycling tracks.
Last Updated: 19 March 2018