Hexham Bridge openings

Opening times, booking details and rules for vessels travelling under or passing through Hexham Bridge in on the Hunter River in NSW.

Book a bridge opening

You can book an opening of Hexham Bridge at most times of the year.

To book an opening for your vessel call 1300 661 293.

Book in advance:

  • at least 2 hours ahead for bridge openings on weekdays between 7am - 6pm
  • at least 6 hours ahead for bridge openings on weekends, public holidays or between 7pm - 6am weekdays.

You need to provide your mobile number when you book - or be aware of the bridge's contact radio channels.

Times to avoid

Try to avoid peak road traffic times:

  • Weekdays 7am - 9.30am and 3pm - 6pm
  • Sundays 3pm - 5pm.

You can't book a bridge opening on these dates in 2021

  • Friday 2 April 2021
  • Saturday 3 April 2021
  • Sunday 4 April 2021
  • Monday 5 April 2021
  • Sunday 11 April 2021
  • Sunday 18 April 2021
  • Monday 14 June 2021
  • Saturday 3 July 2021
  • Sunday 4 July 2021
  • Saturday 10 July 2021
  • Sunday 11 July 2021
  • Sunday 3 October 2021
  • Monday 4 October 2021
  • Friday 24 December 2021
  • Sunday 26 December 2021

Any bridge lifts on these dates will only be considered if they occur outside of vehicular peak travel times, with requests to be in writing 4 weeks prior to the event. Call 1300 661 293 for details to summit request. Note that all requests will need to be confirmed by Transport for NSW prior to the bridge lift occurring.

Radio channels

  • Citizen band - channel 29
  • VHF marine band - channel 74
  • 27MHZ marine band - channel 88.


Vessel operators are to:

  • observe navigation rules when approaching the bridge
  • wait for a green light before proceeding. Transport for NSW will be notified of any serious breaches
  • give right of passage to vessels travelling with the direction of tidal flow. Exceptions apply. Follow the bridge operator's announcements over the Public Address System (PA) at all times.

Early and late arrivals

There is no permanent bridge operator on site at Hexham Bridge.

  • If you arrive early for a bridge lift you must wait until the confirmed opening time.
  • There are no courtesy moorings at Hexham Bridge.
  • If you expect to be late for your booking, please notify the bridge operator within 30 minutes of the booked time. Otherwise you may need to re-book the opening by notifying the bridge operator 2-6 hours in advance, as indicated above.
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