List of crossings of the Murray River

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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[edit]

Image Crossing Coordinates Location Built Description Notes
Goolwa-Hindmarsh Island causeway.jpg Hindmarsh Island Bridge 35°30′17″S 138°47′21″E / 35.50472°S 138.78917°E / -35.50472; 138.78917 (Hindmarsh Island Bridge) Hindmarsh Island-Goolwa 2001 The controversial bridge replaced a ferry in March 2001
Narrung Ferry 35°30′46″S 139°11′17″E / 35.51278°S 139.18806°E / -35.51278; 139.18806 (Narrung Ferry) Narrung crosses The Narrows between Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert
Murray River ferry, Wellington, South Australia, 2007.jpg Wellington Ferry 35°19′51″S 139°23′8″E / 35.33083°S 139.38556°E / -35.33083; 139.38556 (Wellington Ferry) Wellington
Tailem Bend Ferry 35°15′26″S 139°27′8″E / 35.25722°S 139.45222°E / -35.25722; 139.45222 (Tailem Bend Ferry) Tailem Bend-Jervois
Swanport Bridge.jpg Swanport Bridge 35°08′51″S 139°18′33″E / 35.14750°S 139.30917°E / -35.14750; 139.30917 (Swanport Bridge) Murray Bridge 1979 At the end of the South Eastern Freeway
MurrayBridge3.JPG Murray Bridge 35°06′55″S 139°16′48″E / 35.11528°S 139.28000°E / -35.11528; 139.28000 (Murray Bridge) Murray Bridge 1927 (rail) 1879 (road) Two bridges, side by side
Small Mannum Ferry.jpg Mannum Ferry 34°54′37″S 139°19′7″E / 34.91028°S 139.31861°E / -34.91028; 139.31861 (Mannum Ferry) Mannum Two parallel ferries
Purnong Ferry 34°51′17″S 139°37′0″E / 34.85472°S 139.61667°E / -34.85472; 139.61667 (Purnong Ferry) Purnong This is the narrowest crossing in South Australia
Walker Flat ferry 2.JPG Walker Flat Ferry 34°45′13″S 139°34′8″E / 34.75361°S 139.56889°E / -34.75361; 139.56889 (Walker Flat Ferry) Walker Flat
Swan Reach Ferry 34°33′51″S 139°35′50″E / 34.56417°S 139.59722°E / -34.56417; 139.59722 (Swan Reach Ferry) Swan Reach
Blanchetown Bridge.jpg Blanchetown Bridge 34°20′43″S 139°37′2″E / 34.34528°S 139.61722°E / -34.34528; 139.61722 (Blanchetown Bridge) Blanchetown 1963 The original bridge was constructed in 1963 on the Sturt Highway. there had been a ferry crossing since 1869. It was the first major prestressed concrete highway bridge in South Australia. 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 and Eudunda to rejoin the highway at Gawler, thus travelling further but avoiding the Kingston and Blanchetown bridges.
MorganFerry.JPG Morgan Ferry 34°02′19″S 139°40′24″E / 34.03861°S 139.67333°E / -34.03861; 139.67333 (Morgan Ferry) Morgan
Cadell Ferry 34°01′32″S 139°45′45″E / 34.02556°S 139.76250°E / -34.02556; 139.76250 (Cadell Ferry) Cadell
Waikerie ferry, Riverland 2.JPG Waikerie Ferry 34°10′30″S 139°59′13″E / 34.17500°S 139.98694°E / -34.17500; 139.98694 (Waikerie Ferry) Waikerie
KingstonOnMurrayBridge.jpg Kingston on Murray bridge 34°13′37″S 140°21′59″E / 34.22694°S 140.36639°E / -34.22694; 140.36639 (Kingston on Murray bridge) Kingston-on-Murray 1969 Sturt Highway A bridge replaced a ferry
Berri bridge.jpg Berri Bridge 34°17′22″S 140°35′59″E / 34.28944°S 140.59972°E / -34.28944; 140.59972 (Berri Bridge) Berri 1997 A bridge replaced two ferries
Ferry at Lyrup, South Australia.jpg Lyrup Ferry 34°15′8″S 140°38′54″E / 34.25222°S 140.64833°E / -34.25222; 140.64833 (Lyrup Ferry) Lyrup
ParingaBridgeApproachFromRenmark.jpg Paringa Bridge 34°10′51″S 140°46′33″E / 34.18083°S 140.77583°E / -34.18083; 140.77583 (Paringa Bridge) Paringa-Renmark 1926 Sturt Highway, liftspan bridge - one lane of traffic each way with pedestrian/bike path in the middle on a former railway alignment.
Ferry nameboard

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:[1]

In Victoria and New South Wales[edit]

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.

Image Crossing Coordinates Location Built Description Notes
Abbotsford bridge from victoria.jpg Abbotsford Bridge 34°06′50″S 141°59′17″E / 34.11389°S 141.98806°E / -34.11389; 141.98806 (Abbotsford Bridge) Yelta to Curlwaa 1928 235 metres (771 ft) long, single lane lift bridge
ChaffeyBridgeMildura.jpg George Chaffey bridge 34°10′59″S 142°10′24″E / 34.18306°S 142.17333°E / -34.18306; 142.17333 (George Chaffey Bridge) Mildura to Buronga 1985 high arched bridge carrying the Sturt Highway, 331 metres (1,086 ft) long, 9.8 metres (32.2 ft) wide
Robinvale-Euston Bridge 34°34′40″S 142°46′3″E / 34.57778°S 142.76750°E / -34.57778; 142.76750 (Robinvale/Euston Bridge) Robinvale to Euston 2006 Replaced a liftspan bridge that was built as part of abandoned railway extension in 1924.[1].
TooleybucPiangilBridge1.JPG Tooleybuc Bridge 35°01′49″S 143°20′7″E / 35.03028°S 143.33528°E / -35.03028; 143.33528 (Tooleybuc Bridge) Piangil to Tooleybuc 1925 timber and steel truss, single lane restriction on lift span
Nyah Bridge 2008.jpg Nyah Bridge 35°10′22″S 143°23′30″E / 35.17278°S 143.39167°E / -35.17278; 143.39167 (Nyah Bridge) Nyah to Koraleigh 1941 104 metres (341.2 ft), central lift span
SpeewaFerry.JPG Speewa Ferry 35°12′49″S 143°30′31″E / 35.21361°S 143.50861°E / -35.21361; 143.50861 (Speewa Ferry) Speewa 2-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 bridge murray river.jpg Swan Hill Bridge 35°20′16″S 143°33′46″E / 35.33778°S 143.56278°E / -35.33778; 143.56278 (Swan Hill Bridge) Swan Hill 1896 2 lanes except central lift span; 116 metres (380.6 ft)
MurrabitBridge1.JPG Gonn Crossing Bridge 35°30′13″S 143°57′24″E / 35.50361°S 143.95667°E / -35.50361; 143.95667 (Barham Bridge) Murrabit to Ballbank 1926 103 metres (338 ft)
Barham Bridge 002.JPG Barham Bridge 35°37′50″S 144°07′29″E / 35.63056°S 144.12472°E / -35.63056; 144.12472 (Barham Bridge) Koondrook to Barham 1904 liftspan bridge, 99 metres (325 ft)
Echuca-Moama rail bridge Stevage.jpg Echuca-Moama Bridge (road) 36°07′19″S 144°45′13″E / 36.12194°S 144.75361°E / -36.12194; 144.75361 (Echuca/Moama Bridge) Echuca to Moama 1879 built as joint road/rail bridge, proposed for replacement/bypass
Echuca Moama Rail Bridge.JPG Echuca-Moama Bridge (rail) 36°07′19″S 144°45′13″E / 36.12194°S 144.75361°E / -36.12194; 144.75361 (Echuca Rail Bridge) 1989 rail
BarmahMurrayRiver.JPG Barmah Bridge 36°01′8″S 144°57′19″E / 36.01889°S 144.95528°E / -36.01889; 144.95528 (Barmah Bridge) Barmah 1966 168 metres (551.2 ft) replaced ferry
TocumwalRailBridge2.JPG Tocumwal Rail Bridge 35°48′50″S 145°33′24″E / 35.81389°S 145.55667°E / -35.81389; 145.55667 (Tocumwal Rail Bridge) Tocumwal 1895 originally a road/rail bridge
Murray River Tocumwal.JPG Edward Hillson Bridge 35°48′47″S 145°33′32″E / 35.81306°S 145.55889°E / -35.81306; 145.55889 (Newell Highway Bridge) 1987 Newell Highway 212 metres (695.5 ft) long, 12 metres (39.4 ft) wide
CobramBaroogaBridgeOld.JPG Cobram-Barooga Bridge (old) 35°54′57″S 145°40′9″E / 35.91583°S 145.66917°E / -35.91583; 145.66917 (Cobram-Barooga Bridge (old)) Cobram to Barooga 1902 Old liftspan timber truss bridge (now pedestrian only)
CobramBaroogaBridge.JPG Cobram-Barooga Bridge (new) 35°54′58″S 145°40′9″E / 35.91611°S 145.66917°E / -35.91611; 145.66917 (Cobram-Barooga Bridge (new)) 2006 New concrete bridge built immediately upstream of the old bridge
YarrawongaWeir.jpg Yarrawonga Weir 36°00′31″S 145°59′57″E / 36.00861°S 145.99917°E / -36.00861; 145.99917 (Yarrawonga Weir) Yarrawonga to Mulwala 1939 Weir Road, one lane along the weir wall - originally designated as a stock route
YarrawongaTrainBridge.jpg Yarrawonga Rail Bridge 36°00′29″S 145°59′59″E / 36.00806°S 145.99972°E / -36.00806; 145.99972 (Yarrawonga Rail Bridge) 1989 railway bridge, replaced earlier wooden bridge and earthen embankment
MulwalaBridge.JPG Mulwala Bridge 36°00′20″S 146°00′18″E / 36.00556°S 146.00500°E / -36.00556; 146.00500 (Mulwala Bridge) 1924 Crosses Lake Mulwala, 488 metres (1,601 ft)
John Foord Bridge 008.JPG John Foord Bridge 36°00′25″S 146°23′43″E / 36.00694°S 146.39528°E / -36.00694; 146.39528 (John Foord Bridge) Wahgunyah to Corowa 1892 retained for local traffic
Federation Bridge 005.JPG Federation Bridge 35°59′8″S 146°24′40″E / 35.98556°S 146.41111°E / -35.98556; 146.41111 (Federation Bridge) 2005 Two lanes wide and 195 metres (639.8 ft) long, with a 95 metres (311.7 ft) approach bridge on the NSW side. [2]
John Conway Bourke Bridge 003.JPG John Conway Bourke Bridge 35°59′37″S 146°37′15″E / 35.99361°S 146.62083°E / -35.99361; 146.62083 (John Conway Bourke Bridge) Howlong 2001
Union Bridge Albury 003.JPG Lincoln Causeway/Union Bridge 36°6′33″S 146°53′59″E / 36.10917°S 146.89972°E / -36.10917; 146.89972 (Old Hume Highway Bridge) Wodonga to Albury 1961 4 lanes, 92 metres (301.8 ft) long, widened 1990
Albury Wodonga Rail Bridge 001.JPG Albury/Wodonga Rail Bridge 36°6′29″S 146°53′59″E / 36.10806°S 146.89972°E / -36.10806; 146.89972 (Albury/Wodonga Rail Bridge) 1888 double track - one Broad gauge plus one Standard gauge
Spirit of Progress Bridge 003.JPG Spirit of Progress Bridge 36°6′33″S 146°53′37″E / 36.10917°S 146.89361°E / -36.10917; 146.89361 (Hume Freeway Bridge) 2006 New Hume Highway bridge, named for the former Spirit of Progress train.[2]
Heywood Bridge 001.JPG Heywood Bridge 36°05′57″S 147°01′19″E / 36.09917°S 147.02194°E / -36.09917; 147.02194 (Heywoods Bridge) Hume Dam to Bonegilla 1984 124 metres (406.8 ft) long. Between Albury and here there is a bridge near the airport, to Bonegilla Island.
Hume Dam Crossing Gate 002.JPG Bonegilla Bridge 36°06′26″S 147°01′56″E / 36.10722°S 147.03222°E / -36.10722; 147.03222 (Bonegilla Bridge) Hume Dam to Bonegilla 1941 The Hume Weir wall, now closed to motorised traffic. single lane, 91 metres (298.6 ft)
BethangaBridge1.JPG Bethanga Bridge 36°05′25″S 147°03′31″E / 36.09028°S 147.05861°E / -36.09028; 147.05861 (Bethanga Bridge) Bellbridge 1930 on the Riverina Highway across Lake Hume
HumeDamMurrayArmWymahFerry 002.jpg Wymah Ferry 36°02′23″S 147°15′56″E / 36.03972°S 147.26556°E / -36.03972; 147.26556 (Wymah Ferry) Wymah upstream end of Lake Hume, 2-car capacity, 11 tonne (12.1 t) load limit
JingellicBridgeOverMurray1.jpg Jingellic Bridge 35°55′53″S 147°42′5″E / 35.93139°S 147.70139°E / -35.93139; 147.70139 (Jingellic Bridge) Jingellic 1959 156 metres (511.8 ft)
TintaldraBridge003.JPG Tintaldra Bridge 36°2′44″S 147°55′56″E / 36.04556°S 147.93222°E / -36.04556; 147.93222 (Tintaldra Bridge) Tintaldra 1959 steel truss bridge 185 metres (607 ft)
TowongBridge001.JPG Towong Bridge 36°7′26″S 147°59′46″E / 36.12389°S 147.99611°E / -36.12389; 147.99611 (Towong Bridge) Towong 1938 61 metres (200.1 ft) long
BringenbrongBridge003.JPG Bringenbrong Bridge 36°10′8″S 148°01′31″E / 36.16889°S 148.02528°E / -36.16889; 148.02528 (Bringenbrong Bridge) Bringenbrong 1961 87 metres (285.4 ft) long, near Corryong on the Alpine Way
IndiBridge001.JPG Indi Bridge 36°14′46″S 148°02′5″E / 36.24611°S 148.03472°E / -36.24611; 148.03472 (Indi Bridge) 1961 Connects 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.[3]
BiggaraBridge002.JPG Biggara Bridge 36°17′46″S 148°02′17″E / 36.29611°S 148.03806°E / -36.29611; 148.03806 (Biggara Bridge) Biggara 1951
Tom Groggin Bridge 36°31′20″S 148°08′13″E / 36.522085°S 148.136998°E / -36.522085; 148.136998 (Tom Groggin Bridge) Tom Groggin Private bridges to Tom Groggin Station: low level for vehicles; higher-level suspension bridge for pedestrians when the other is flooded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferry Locations and Operational Status". Government of South Australia, Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Spirit of Progress bridge sign up today". Border Mail. 24 May 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Indi Bridge over Murray River". Roads and Transport Authority. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 

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