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Meadowbank Railway Bridge - Trail Description



Meadowbank Railway Bridge

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Western Sydney, 12km from Sydney CBD. Crosses Parramatta River.
Start/end: Meadowbank (western side of Sydney) to Meadowbank (western side of Sydney)
Status: Open
Length open: 0.5km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Flat
Best seasons: All year round
Public transport: Train
Contact Region: Sydney & Blue Mountains
The former Railway bridge
The former Railway bridge
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates



A former Railway Bridge spanning the Parramatta River.  The bridge links with shared pathways around Homebush and Shepherds Bays.


The old Parramatta River Railway Bridge (also called the John Whitton Bridge or Meadowbank Rhodes Railway Bridge) at Meadowbank (west of Sydney) has been converted for pedestrian/cycle use. This old bridge is situated next to the more modern railway bridge that crosses the Parramatta River between Rhodes and Meadowbank.  It can be approached from Blaxland Rd Rhodes (southern side of the river) or Bay Drive, Meadowbank (on the north side of the river).

Background Information

The cast iron bridge was fabricated in England and erected in 1886. It carried trains until 1980 when a new parallel railway bridge was built. The old bridge was opened for pedestrian and cycle use in 2000.

The bridge is located between Rhodes and Meadowbank railway stations on the Northern line. It can also be reached by ferry from the nearby Meadowbank Wharf.

It links the Ryde district in the north with Homebush Bay and Olympic Park in the south. Meadowbank Park and Shepherds Bay are located immediately north of the bridge. Meadowbank TAFE is also nearby. Immediately south is Rhodes waterfront and also the new Bennelong Bridge. A 3 km shared pathway including a separated cycleway on the road bridge over Parramatta River takes the rider in a loop around Homebush and Shepherds Bays. Signs should be in position to indicate this pathway These are lovely and popular areas for walking and exercising and can be very busy.



February 2021

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07 February , 2020 by Martincousins

I used to ride across this bridge weekly a couple of years ago. It provides nice views of the western end of Sydney Harbour. Apart from the reused rail bridge there is a good rail-side trail extending to Meadowbank Station in the north to past Rhodes Station in the south, from which other cycleways connect to Sydney Olympic Park and Bicentennial Park and beyond.

12 February , 2015 by cascho

I walked this trail this evening with my brother – it is a good use of the rail bridge to cross the Parramatta river, with good connecting trails leading on from both sides.

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