​​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 - Arch Lifting Animation 

Latest news

Bridge central arch lift

The Minister for Transport outlined on 23 May, that the bridge's new target completion date is the end of June 2018.

The central arch of the bridge is now in place and the first of five bridge deck units was lifted into place on Monday 21 May. Weighing 400 tonne and reaching 72 metres above water level, the large central arch is the focal part of the bridge.

Swan River navigation channel closed for safe construction of bridge from 4 April

As construction of Matagarup Bridge progresses through its most significant stage, the navigation channel will remain closed to accommodate cables stretched across the channel holding the construction barges in place, and the lifting required to install the bridge deck units.

In cooperation with the Department of Transport (DoT) and for public safety, the Swan River navigation channel closed on 4 April for a 600 metre stretch of the river in East Perth/Burswood. The channel closure is anticipated to be lifted in mid-June.  

The specific requirements of the closure are being coordinated with advice and assistance from DoT’s Marine Safety Division. Navigational buoys and spotter boats remain in place to prevent access at all times during the closure.

We regret that we are not able to accommodate intermittent periods of opening for recreational river users.

Patrons of commercial operators should check with their provider for details about whether a voyage is likely to be affected by the closure. ​

We sincerely regret the disruptions during this period and acknowledge the impact for river users. We respectfully ask for the public’s understanding while we undertake this critical stage of work.

Progress updates on the works and closure will be available on this page and through DoT’s notifications for mariners. Signage will be placed at common mooring points and access jetties along the Swan River. Advertisements and social media will also be used to publicise details of the closure.

Following this period of work, we look forward to celebrating completion of the Matagarup Bridge with the public of Western Australia.​

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.


More information

Piling impacts - April 2016

Animation - June 2015

Community Forum Presentation - 4 and 5 February 2015

Letter to Residents - 10 December 2013

Questions and Answers - December 2013

For more information on Optus Stadium, please visit the website or phone 9428 1961

Last Updated: 23 May 2018