​​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

Project update - 20 July

Matagarup Bridge is now 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. For more information on closure times and access visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/AboutMainRoads/News/Pages/stadium.aspx

Completion works on non-event days include installing seating areas and shelter canopies on the bridge, removal of 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.

Application of the final ‘Omnigrip’ surface on the bridge deck will be carried out later this year, as this layer needs to be applied after the concrete deck is in place for a period of time.

Full bridge access will be provided on event days at Optus Stadium, however, bridge users should be aware that temporary pedestrian and cyclist management will be in place and restrictions will apply on non-event days to enable completion works to progress. Work in the area will continue until late 2018.

Swan River navigation channel closure update

The navigation channel is now open to all vessels. A 60 m wide channel is available and marked with red and green channel markers north and south of the bridge. Two layers of silt curtains remain adjacent to the temporary construction causeways.

Out of hours work update

There is currently no out of hours work scheduled.

Further notifications will be provided soon regarding the program of work to remove temporary causeways (rock in-fill) from the river.

Scope of works

  • 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: 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

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: 31 July 2018