List of crossings of the Murray River

The Murray River in south-eastern Australia has been a significant barrier to land-based travel and trade. This article lists and briefly describes all of the recognised crossing points. Many of these had also developed as river ports for transport of goods along the Murray. Now almost every significant town along the river has a bridge or vehicle-carrying cable ferry nearby.

The crossings are listed in order starting from the Murray Mouth and proceeding upstream.

South Australia

ImageCrossingCoordinatesLocationBuiltDescriptionNotes
Hindmarsh Island Bridge35°30′17″S 138°47′21″EHindmarsh Island-Goolwa2001The controversial bridge replaced a ferry in March 2001
Narrung Ferry35°30′46″S 139°11′17″ENarrungcrosses The Narrows between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert
Wellington Ferry35°19′51″S 139°23′8″EWellington
Tailem Bend Ferry35°15′26″S 139°27′8″ETailem Bend-Jervois
Swanport Bridge35°08′51″S 139°18′33″EMurray Bridge1979At the end of the South Eastern Freeway
Murray Bridge35°06′55″S 139°16′48″E1927Railway bridgeMelbourne–Adelaide railway
Murray Bridge35°06′55″S 139°16′48″E1879Shared road and rail bridge from 1886 until separate rail bridge built
Mannum Ferry34°54′37″S 139°19′7″EMannumTwo parallel ferries
Purnong Ferry34°51′17″S 139°37′0″EPurnongThis is the narrowest crossing in South Australia
Walker Flat Ferry34°45′13″S 139°34′8″EWalker Flat
Swan Reach Ferry34°33′51″S 139°35′50″ESwan Reach
Old Blanchetown Bridge34°20′43″S 139°37′2″EBlanchetown1963The first major prestressed concrete highway bridge in South Australia.Replaced a ferry crossing established in 1869. In the 1990s it was found to not be structurally sound enough to safely carry B-double trucks. Until a new bridge could be built, these were diverted from near Monash via Morgan on the Goyder and Thiele Highways to rejoin the Sturt Highway at Gawler, thus travelling further but avoiding the Kingston and Blanchetown bridges.
Blanchetown Bridge34°20′43″S 139°37′2″E1998Incrementally launched post tensioned concrete box-girder bridge, built by York Civil.[1]Replacement bridge on the Sturt Highway immediately north of the 1963 bridge.
Morgan Ferry34°02′19″S 139°40′24″EMorgan
Cadell Ferry34°01′32″S 139°45′45″ECadell
Waikerie Ferry34°10′30″S 139°59′13″EWaikerie
Kingston on Murray bridge34°13′37″S 140°21′59″EKingston-on-Murray1969Sturt Highway A bridge replaced a ferry
Berri Bridge34°17′22″S 140°35′59″EBerri1997A bridge replaced two ferries
Lyrup Ferry34°15′8″S 140°38′54″ELyrup
Paringa Bridge34°10′51″S 140°46′33″EParinga-Renmark1926Sturt Highway, liftspan bridge - one lane of traffic each way with pedestrian/bike path in the middle on the former railway alignment.

As the ferries are registered as boats, each one has a name, usually named after a waterbird. As of August 2010, the ferry names are:[2]

In Victoria and New South Wales

The south bank of the river forms the border between these two states and former colonies, so in many cases there is a town on each side of the river. If two towns are named in this list, the Victorian one is first for clarity and consistency.

Most of the bridges downstream of Echuca are liftspan bridges to enable paddlesteamer traffic to pass underneath even in times of high water flow.

The Hume, Newell and Sturt Highway bridges are owned and managed by the Federal Government. The others are the responsibility of New South Wales and Victoria.

ImageCrossingCoordinatesLocationBuiltDescriptionNotes
Abbotsford Bridge34°06′50″S 141°59′17″EYelta to Curlwaa1928235 metres (771 ft) long, single lane lift bridge
George Chaffey bridge34°10′59″S 142°10′24″EMildura to Buronga1985331 metres (1,086 ft) long, 9.8 metres (32.2 ft) wide High-arched bridge carrying the Sturt Highway
Robinvale-Euston Bridge34°34′40″S 142°46′3″ERobinvale to Euston2006Replaced a single-lane lift-span road/rail bridge that was opened in 1927 as part of the abandoned Lette railway line..
Tooleybuc Bridge35°01′49″S 143°20′7″EPiangil to Tooleybuc1925timber and steel truss, single-lane restriction on lift span
Nyah Bridge35°10′22″S 143°23′30″ENyah to Koraleigh1941104 metres (341.2 ft), central lift span
Speewa Ferry35°12′49″S 143°30′31″ESpeewaTwo-car capacity, 8 tonne (8.8 t) load limit. Upstream is a private ferry to Beveridge Island (part of Victoria); it crosses a Little Murray anabranch, but that is now the main navigable channel.
Swan Hill Bridge35°20′16″S 143°33′46″ESwan Hill1896Two lanes except central lift span; 116 metres (380.6 ft)
Gonn Crossing Bridge35°30′13″S 143°57′24″EMurrabit to Ballbank1926103 metres (338 ft) Lift-span road/rail bridge, opened as part of the Kerang-Stony Crossing railway line; road only since the railway closed in 1964.
Barham Bridge35°37′50″S 144°07′29″EKoondrook to Barham1904liftspan bridge, 99 metres (325 ft)
Echuca-Moama Bridge (road)36°07′19″S 144°45′13″EEchuca to Moama1879built as joint road/rail bridge, proposed for replacement/bypass
Echuca-Moama Bridge (rail)36°07′19″S 144°45′13″E1989rail
Barmah Bridge36°01′8″S 144°57′19″EBarmah1966168 metres (551.2 ft) replaced ferry
Tocumwal Rail Bridge35°48′50″S 145°33′24″ETocumwal1895originally a road/rail bridge
Edward Hillson Bridge35°48′47″S 145°33′32″E1987Newell Highway 212 metres (695.5 ft) long, 12 metres (39.4 ft) wide
Cobram-Barooga Bridge (old)35°54′57″S 145°40′9″ECobram to Barooga1902Old liftspan timber truss bridge (now pedestrian only)
Cobram-Barooga Bridge (new)35°54′58″S 145°40′9″E2006New concrete bridge built immediately upstream of the old bridge
Yarrawonga Weir36°00′31″S 145°59′57″EYarrawonga to Mulwala1939Weir Road, one lane along the weir wall - originally designated as a stock route
Yarrawonga Rail Bridge36°00′29″S 145°59′59″E1989railway bridge, replaced earlier wooden bridge and earthen embankment
Mulwala Bridge36°00′20″S 146°00′18″E1924Crosses Lake Mulwala, 488 metres (1,601 ft)
John Foord Bridge36°00′25″S 146°23′43″EWahgunyah to Corowa1892retained for local traffic
Federation Bridge35°59′8″S 146°24′40″E2005Two lanes wide and 195 metres (639.8 ft) long, with a 95 metres (311.7 ft) approach bridge on the NSW side.
John Conway Bourke Bridge35°59′37″S 146°37′15″EHowlong2001
Lincoln Causeway/Union Bridge36°05′29″S 146°54′23″EWodonga to Albury19614 lanes, 92 metres (301.8 ft) long, widened 1990
Albury-Wodonga Rail Bridge36°05′59″S 146°54′34″E1888Originally double track - one Broad gauge plus one Standard gauge. Broad gauge track disconnected following conversion of the North East Victorian broad gauge line to standard gauge in 2010.
Spirit of Progress Bridge36°06′02″S 146°54′34″E2006New Hume Highway bridge, named for the former Spirit of Progress train.[3]
Island Road Bridge36°04′42″S 146°57′20″EThurgoona to the Island
Heywood Bridge36°05′57″S 147°01′19″EHume Dam to Bonegilla1984124 metres (406.8 ft) long. Between Albury and here there is a bridge near the airport, to Bonegilla Island.
Bonegilla Bridge36°06′26″S 147°01′56″EHume Dam to Bonegilla1941The Hume Weir wall, now closed to motorised traffic. single lane, 91 metres (298.6 ft)
Bethanga Bridge36°05′25″S 147°03′31″EBellbridge1930on the Riverina Highway across Lake Hume
Wymah Ferry36°02′23″S 147°15′56″EWymahupstream end of Lake Hume, 2-car capacity, 11 tonne (12.1 t) load limit
Jingellic Bridge35°55′53″S 147°42′5″EJingellic1959156 metres (511.8 ft)
Tintaldra Bridge36°2′44″S 147°55′56″ETintaldra1959steel truss bridge 185 metres (607 ft)
Towong Bridge36°7′26″S 147°59′46″ETowong193861 metres (200.1 ft) long
Bringenbrong Bridge36°10′8″S 148°01′31″EBringenbrong196187 metres (285.4 ft) long, near Corryong on the Alpine Way
Indi Bridge36°14′46″S 148°02′5″E1961Connects the Indi homestead in NSW to the Upper Murray Road. Steel girder, with concrete piles and a concrete deck. Single lane, 3.7 metres (12 ft) wide.[4]
Biggara Bridge36°17′46″S 148°02′17″EBiggara1951
Tom Groggin Bridge36.522085°S 148.136998°E / -36.522085; 148.136998 (Tom Groggin Bridge)Tom GrogginPrivate bridges to Tom Groggin Station: low level for vehicles; higher-level suspension bridge for pedestrians when the other is flooded.

See also

Media related to Bridges over the Murray River at Wikimedia Commons
Media related to Cable ferries on the Murray River at Wikimedia Commons

References

  1. "Blanchetown Bridge, Murray River". York Civil. Archived from the original on 19 November 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  2. "Ferry Locations and Operational Status". Government of South Australia, Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  3. "Spirit of Progress bridge sign up today". Border Mail. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  4. "Indi Bridge over Murray River". Roads and Transport Authority. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
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