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Grafton rail and road bridge over Clarence River

Item details

Name of item: Grafton rail and road bridge over Clarence River
Other name/s: Clarence River Bridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Location: Lat: -29.6977976452 Long: 152.9420951020
Primary address: North Coast railway, Grafton, NSW 2460
Local govt. area: Clarence Valley
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Grafton-Ngerrie
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT3 DP1138536
LOT11 DP839860


The listing boundary for each structure includes the structure, the piers, abutments, embankments and track formation for a distance of 10 metres in all directions from those elements.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
North Coast railwayGraftonClarence Valley  Primary Address
Pacific HighwayGraftonClarence Valley  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Rail Infrastructure CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

This bridge is a double-deck road/rail structure, the only one of its type in NSW. There is a lift span to allow passing of river traffic (no longer used). It presents a commanding visual reminder of rail and road to residents of Grafton. Opening of the bridge in 1932 completed the North coast standard guage line between Sydney and Brisbane, avoiding the winding route via Tenterfield.
The viaduct along with the wharf remains are important relics of the development of the north coast railway. The viaduct is representative of similar structures constructed at a range of locations, many of which have been replaced.
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Physical description: STRUCTURES
bridge across Clarence River - double deck road/rail bridge with Bascule span, 1932, RNE
timber viaduct south of station, 1915

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare. This item is assessed as scientifically rare. This item is assessed as arch. rare. This item is assessed as socially rare.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0103602 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Icons Project Nomination for SHR listing  20 Jul 04   
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     
Regional Environmental Plan  23 Dec 94   
Local Environmental PlanSchedule 1 23 Sep 88 1475033

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045477
File number: H03/00026; H04/00091/4 (ICONS)

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