Crossings of the Yarra River

Crossings of the Yarra River

The Yarra River is a river in southern Victoria, Australia; which flows though the city of Melbourne. Over the river's 242 kilometre length there are many structures that bridge the river. The following is a partial list of structures that fully span the Yarra River in order of closest to the mouth of the river in Hobsons Bay.[1]



Name Type Height Year Built Location Details
- Transmission Line - - Spotswood/Port Melbourne Transmits from Newport Power Station.
Spotswood sewer tunnel Sewer 1892 Spotswood/Port Melbourne Flooded in 1895 during construction, 6 deaths
West Gate Bridge Freeway 53m 1978 Spotswood/Port Melbourne Second longest bridge in Australia.
- Transmission Line 56m - Docklands/Port Melbourne Connects to Fishermans Bend Terminal
Bolte Bridge Tollway 25m 1999 Docklands/Port Melbourne Tower height 140m.
Webb Bridges Pedestrian - 1986 Docklands Originally built as part of the Webb Dock rail link, had rails removed in the late 1990s, and reconstructed at the south end in 2004 as a pedestrian bridge as part of Docklands precinct.
Charles Grimes Bridge Primary Arterial Road 3-4m 1975 Docklands First bridge built in 1975, reconstructed in 2001.
Seafarers Bridge Shared - pedestrians and cyclists - 2009 Melbourne Convention Centre/World Trade Centre
Spencer Street Bridge Primary Arterial Road/Tram/Pedestrian 2-3m 1930 Melbourne/Southbank
King Street Bridge Primary Arterial Road/Pedestrian 2-3m 1961 Melbourne/Southbank Southern end offramps altered 1997 for the development of Crown Casino.
Queens Bridge Major Road/Tram 2-3m 1889 Melbourne/Southbank Originally the site of a timber footbridge built in 1860.
Sandridge Bridge Railway (Disused) - 1888 Melbourne/Southbank First bridge built 1853, second bridge built 1858, current bridge built 1888. Former rail bridge for the Port Melbourne and St Kilda railway lines, first rail crossing of the Yarra, converted to pedestrian use in 2006.
Southgate Bridge Pedestrian - 1992 Melbourne/Southbank
Princes Bridge Major Road/Tram - 1888 Melbourne/Southbank First bridge built 1844, second bridge built 1850, current bridge built 1888.
Swan Street Bridge Primary Arterial Road - 1952 Melbourne
Burnley Tunnel Tollway N/A 1997 Melbourne Eastbound CityLink tunnel from Southbank to Burnley.
Domain Tunnel Tollway N/A 1997 Melbourne Westbound CityLink tunnel from Southbank to Richmond.
Morell Bridge Pedestrian - 1899 Melbourne Former roadway closed when CityLink built, now pedestrian bridge.
Hoddle Bridge Primary Arterial Road - 1938 Cremorne Former punt river crossing site.
Cremorne Railway Bridge Railway - 1946 South Yarra/Cremorne Carries Sandringham, Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne railway lines. First bridge built in 1860, current bridge built 1946
Church Street Bridge Road/Tram - 1923 South Yarra/Richmond First bridge built in 1857, current bridge built 1923
- Transmission Line - - South Yarra/Richmond 1st of 5 crossings of the same line.
- Transmission Line - - Toorak/Burnley 2nd of 5 crossings of the same line.
- Transmission Line - - Toorak/Burnley 3rd of 5 crossings of the same line.
MacRobertson Bridge Primary Arterial Road - 1934 Toorak/Burnley First crossing was a punt opened in 1880, current bridge built 1934
- Transmission Line - - Toorak/Burnley 4th of 5 crossings of the same line.
Heyington Bridge Railway - - Toorak/Burnley Glen Waverley railway line.
- Transmission Line - - Toorak/Burnley 5th of 5 crossings of the same line.
Gardiners Creek Bridge Pedestrian - - Toorak/Burnley
Monash Freeway Road - 1960s Toorak/Burnley Forced relocation of the Yarra River
Swan Street Road, trams - - Burnley/Hawthorn
Hawthorn Railway Bridge Rail - 1861 Burnley/Hawthorn Alamein, Belgrave & Lilydale Lines
Hawthorn Bridge Road, trams - 1861 Richmond/Hawthorn Originally built in 1861, widened in 1890, renovated in 1931
Victoria Bridge Road, trams - 1884 Richmond/Kew Originally built in 1884, widened in 1890, strengthened and widened in 1915, reconditioned and further widened in 1933
Walmer Footbridge Footbridge - - Abbotsford/Kew
Collins Bridge Footbridge - - Abbotsford/Kew
Johnston Street Bridge Road - 1858 Burnley/Hawthorn
Kanes Bridge, Studley Park Footbridge - - Fairfield/Kew Original bridge opened in 1928 and destroyed in 1934 flood. Rebuilt in 1935.
Eastern Freeway Road - 1977 Fairfield/Kew Forced relocation of the Yarra River
Fairfield Pipe Bridge Pipeline/Footbridge - - Fairfield/Kew
Chandler Bridge Road - 1891 Alphington/Kew Once part of the Outer Circle railway, now carries part of the Chandler Highway.
Footbridge Main Yarra Trail - - Ivanhoe/Kew East
Burke Road Road - - Ivanhoe East/Kew East
- Transmission Line - - Bulleen 1st of 8 crossings in Bulleen of the same line.
Banksia Street Road - - Heidelberg/Bulleen
- Transmission Line - - Lower Plenty/Templestowe Lower 7th of 8 crossings of the same line.
Odyssey House / Finns Reserve Footbridge - - Lower Plenty/Templestowe Lower
- Transmission Line - - Lower Plenty/Templestowe Lower 8th of 8 crossings of the same line.
Westerfolds Park Footbridge, Main Yarra Trail - - Templestowe/Lower Plenty
Fitzsimons Lane Road - - Eltham/Templestowe
- Transmission Line - - Eltham/Templestowe Separate line joining the above mentioned line.
- Footbridge - - Eltham/Templestowe
- Transmission Line - - Eltham/Templestowe
Warrandyte Bridge Road - 1952 Warrandyte/North Warrandyte First bridge built 1861, current bridge built in 1952.
The Heritage Golf Club Road - - Christmas Hills/Chirnside Park
- Transmission Line - - Christmas Hills/Chirnside Park
- Private road - - Christmas Hills/Chirnside Park
Healesville railway Rail - - Yering
Melba Highway Road - - Yering
Proposed Melba Highway bypass Road - - Yering
Maxwells Road Road - - Coldstream/Healesville
Maroondah Highway Road - - Coldstream/Healesville
Healesville - Koo Wee Rup Road Road - - Launching Place
Former Healesville - Koo Wee Rup Road Road - - Launching Place
Don Road Road - - Launching Place
- Private road - - Launching Place
Station Road Road - - Wesburn
Dee Road Road - - Millgrove
McKenzie-King Drive Road - - Milgrove
Dammans Road Road - - Warburton
- Footbridge - - Warburton
Dammans Road Road - - Warburton
Bramich Bridge Footbridge - - Warburton
- Footbridge - - Warburton
Warburton Highway Road - - Warburton
Warburton Highway Road - - Warburton
Woods Point Road Road - - East Warburton
Hazelwood Road Road - - East Warburton
Cement Creek Road Road - - East Warburton
O'Shannassy Reservoir Access road - - East Warburton
Peninsula Road Road - - McMahons Creek Culvert crossing dry river bed drained by Big Peninsula Tunnel
Big Peninsula Tunnel walking track walking track - - McMahons Creek Concrete stepping stones
Woods Point Road Road - - Reefton
Upper Yarra Dam Dam - 1957 Reefton
  • There are also a number of ferries that cross the Yarra at various points such as the West Gate Ferry and Herring Island Punt.


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  1. ^ Melways, Edition 35, 2008

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