Lake Mulwala is a popular boating, fishing, canoeing and swimming location that draws holiday makers to the Yarrawonga community every year. For locals, it is an important spot for recreation and relaxation. 

Since 2009, VicRoads has led a planning study in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and in conjunction with the community, government agencies and industry to determine the best option for a new Yarrawonga-Mulwala Bridge crossing over the Murray River at Lake Mulwala.

In late 2015, the Victorian and the NSW Governments announced their preferred option for the new bridge alignment and connection to the Murray Valley Highway in Victoria. The option was chosen after extensive social, economic, land-use, environmental and cultural heritage assessments. 

We will keep you updated as this project progresses.


  • The new connection will incorporate an upgrade of the existing section of Irvine Parade between the bridge and Orr Street, and construction of a new road south from Orr Street to the highway, between the railway line and Sharp Street.  
  • The new road will provide a freight route between New South Wales and Murray Valley Highway connection, removing heavy truck traffic from Belmore Street. Traffic modelling shows a 32% reduction in the number of vehicles on Belmore Street between Piper Street and Orr Street once this new route is established.


Key benefits of the bridge alignment and Murray Valley Highway connection:

  • provides the shortest travel route for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles between Melbourne and Belmore Street
  • provides direct access to theYarrawonga foreshore supporting tourism
  • removes through-traffic and reduces congestion in Belmore Street
  • provides an alternative freight route removing trucks from Belmore Street
  • provides people in the residential areas east of Belmore Street with good access to the bridge
  • maintains the existing conditions in Melbourne Street, Mulwala
  • maintains the walking/cycling loop between the new bridge and weir crossings
  • provides equitable and ongoing access to services, businesses and tourist facilities
  • encourages sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling
  • improves town amenity.

Get in touch

Call: 133 RRV (133 778)
Email: ner.enquiries@roads.vic.gov.au
Write: North Eastern Regional Roads Victoria, PO Box 135 Benalla, VIC 3672