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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 432 414 887
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Perth's favourite playground, the Swan River is a stunning waterway which winds its way from the Darling Scarp to Fremantle. This natural attraction is popular location for Perth locals and visitors to enjoy a day out boating, fishing, skiing, paddling, swimming, picnicking or simply enjoying its vista.Rich in environmental and cultural values, the Swan River was named Derbal Yerrigan by the local Aboriginals who believe that the river was created by the rainbow serpent ‘Waugal’, a dreamtime spirit taking the form of a giant snake. It is believed that the Waugal created creeks, waterholes, lakes and valleys on its journey to the ocean.
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“boat trip” (50 reviews)
“see dolphins” (28 reviews)
Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Swan River is best seen on a cruise. Lovely to see such picturesque banks along the river, the numerous yacht clubs and the multi million dollar homes overlooking the river. Several cruise options so there will be one to suit everyone

Thank Dragi V
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a wonderful trip on the Swan River with Captain Cook cruises - a family cruise on the river. What a wonderful way to spend with family on the Swan River. The lunch was very good with plenty of food and lots of wine...More

Thank MaryBrown848
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Swan River is absolutely beautiful. You can swim in it; do breathtaking walks around it (the bridges walk narrows and causeway is about an hour and a half to two hours to walk or an hour to ride a bike around); crab (great crabbing);...More

Thank Katya P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m very lucky to live in East Perth and able to walk along the Swan river most days. Absolutely beautiful and well maintained path and cycleways. If your lucky you can spot a few dolphins and the other week I was surprised to see Camels...More

Thank Aussies10
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful river in Perth where you can take a boat ride from. You can get some lovely views from Queen Elizabeth quay and from kings park. It's also lovely to have a walk round and take some lovely photos.

Thank mjmr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hire a bike and ride around the swan river swapping north to south at the cause way and narrows bridge

Thank Cam H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Swan Freemantle River Cruise arranged through Caption Cook Cruise is an excellent experience and value for money. The lunch buffet meals and dessert were excellent and included an alcohol drink of one's choice. This cruise is highly recommended.

Thank rsu110847
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cruise booking was quick and easy. Food on board was excellent. My niece and I had a great photo taken for a reasonable price. Cruise was interesting and we truly enjoyed the entire trip

Thank J5606EPjenniferv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a fantastic afternoon boating from Matilda Bay to Freo on the beautiful Swan River. The water was like glass and we saw dolphins playing happily. It is a stunning location and enjoyed by boat is spectacular

Thank Cathryn C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The way to see Rottnest Island is definitely on Swan River Seaplanes Rottnest Day Tour. Tour and tour guide were great travelling around the island on an air conditioned bus, heaps of local knowledge. Good variety of task and stop points, heaps of wildlife spotted...More

Thank Ricky H
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3 August 2016|
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Response from Sharon F | Reviewed this property |
Hi fisherman- sorry I didn't reply quickly. Yes, plenty of fishing spots all along the river. I'm not sure about restrictions but I think the new developments wouldn't encourage fishing- but that would be in the city's... More
16 July 2015|
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Response from Jilszie | Reviewed this property |
Air con is the norm. Aug is usuallywet and cool
25 May 2015|
Response from Rowley51 | Reviewed this property |
Ours certainly did.