​​Optus Stadium - Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup Bridge connects people moving between East Perth, Burswood Peninsula and Optus Stadium. The bridge starts in East Perth at Nelson Crescent, 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 on event days.

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


Video: Matagarup Bridge - Arch Lifting Animation 

Latest news

Matagarup Bridge is open to the public, although works are continuing on non-game days to complete the project.

People heading to Optus Stadium for events can check Transperth’s website for details on how to get to the stadium with the bridge in place.

On event days, local road closures will be in place in East Perth as part of the event day transport plan.

Matagarup Bridge and Optus Stadium Activities Project

An Expression of Interest (EOI) has been released seeking proposals from tourism operators for the stadium precinct to leverage its tourism potential. Activities may include a bridge climb, zip-line and a roof climb on Optus Stadium.

A Request for Proposals will follow the EOI process, which closes for submissions in January 2019.  The procurement process is expected to finish in mid-2019 with an operator possibly starting in late 2019.

Audio artworks

Audio artwork created by Arif Satar and Audrey Satar-Fernandes at the bridge’s pause points showcase the historical and cultural beauty of the Swan River area through Whadjuk Noongar storytelling. The artworks are triggered by motion sensors and comprise music by Perth Symphony Orchestra and voice contributions by Aboriginal Whadjuk Elders.

Trial pop-up vendors

Further activation is taking place on the bridge with the introduction of pop-up vendors at pause points.

Completion works

Completion works on non-event days include painting seating areas on the bridge, removing the temporary construction causeway rock material from the river, steelwork painting, final tidy up work on the bridge balustrades and some of the external cladding.

Painting works overhead

Final painting of the bridge arches is in progress and expected to be complete by the end of January 2019.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted into covered walkways and cyclists will be required to dismount. There will be temporary flooring in some places to protect the non-slip surface during painting.

Works will not be scheduled during Optus Stadium events, allowing the full deck to be used while the covered walkways and temporary flooring remain in position.

We are working to minimise disruptions and appreciate the patience of all bridge users during the final stages of work.

Construction Causeway removal

Work is nearing completion to remove rock infill from the Swan River at Burswood and will soon begin at East Perth. Trucks will transport material from the end of January, with completion expected part way through March 2019.

We have identified a recycling opportunity for the rock and will be trucking 150,000 tonnes of the material for re-use at the Reid Highway Dual Carriageway project in West Swan.

Bridge facts

  • The bridge is approximately 72 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 are 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 is at least nine metres wide, wider at pause points and includes some shelter.​



Image: Matagarup Bridge


​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

Dynamic Testing flyer - July 2018

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: 24 January 2019