- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- Views of the upper reaches of Sydney Harbour and harbourside suburbs
- Connections to scenic walks such as Rhodes foreshore and cycleways, for example to Parramatta and Olympic Park
- Access to Meadowbank TAFE and Meadowbank Park
- Scenic upper harbour foreshore areas and suburbs
- Panoramic views up and down the Parramatta River
The old Parramatta River Railway Bridge (also called the John Whitton Bridge or Meadowbank-Rhodes Railway Bridge) at Meadowbank was converted for pedestrian and cycle use when the modern railway bridge across the Parramatta River was opened in 2000.
The bridge can be reached from Blaxland Rd, Rhodes or Bay Drive, Meadowbank (on the north side of the river), and by ferry from the nearby Meadowbank wharf. It links Ryde in the north with Homebush Bay and Olympic Park in the south.
Meadowbank Park and Shepherds Bay are immediately north of the bridge; Meadowbank TAFE is nearby. 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. These are popular areas for walking and exercising and can be very busy.
The former Meadowbank railway bridge
Old and new bridges side-by-side
Adjacent pathways to the east
Trail description board
We acknowledge the Wallumedegal and Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
The disused cast iron bridge was opened for pedestrian and cycle use in April 2000. There are no further additions possible to the rail trail, though other cycleways may be added or extended in surrounding areas.
Rail line history
The cast iron bridge was fabricated in England and erected in 1886. The railway through Meadowbank was opened in September 1886. The bridge was built for double track; initially it only carried a single line of rails, but a second track was provided in 1891. It carried trains until 1980 when a parallel box girder railway bridge was opened.