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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 432 414 887
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US$ 130.19*
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Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth
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US$ 98.60*
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Perth City of Lights Dinner Cruise
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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Wildlife Cruise
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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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Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 432 414 887
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really good place to visit. Calm with good view. Good for exercising as well as normal walk. With some good restaurant options

Thank Sajjad G
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Swan river is great for a day out. Walk or ride around the river with various spots for a coffee or beer , playgrounds for kids and great exercise !

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 days ago

There are many delightful aspects to the Swan River. For visitors a view of it from Kings Park is a must, it's lovely. There are many restaurants along it to have morning tea or lunch. Drive around it down the Kwinana Freeway to Applecross's' Heathcote...More

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 5 days ago

I live near the river and over the past 8 years the WA government has bone and spent much to make the swan river and estuary one of the best in WA. From Guildford to Fremantle you'll find a beautiful river Vista with plenty to...More

Thank OwenTheTraveller60
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pick a fine day and take time to travel by foot or bike around the scenic Swan River. I cycle regularly along the river, past the city, south across the Causeway Bridge, along the South Perth foreshore and back over the Narrows Bridge to the...More

Thank Ian-Down-Under
Reviewed 5 days ago

There are lots of things to do on the swan river. If your in Perth you can cycle around it using the causeway and narrows bridges. A distance of 13 kilometres. Also a good walk and the scenery is great. In the summer you can...More

Thank 889robertbarrett
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very beautiful and relaxing setting. The river flows through the centre of the city. The banks are lined with parks and cycle ways. Unfortunately there are no cafes or kiosks all the way along. You will find amenities in very small clusters such as Elizabeth...More

Thank Gian K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Swan River Perth and South Perth is a beautiful area around which to sight see, relax, or exercise. In easy walking distance from Perth CBD is a newly completed man made river beach. It is is to the West of the CBD between Elizabeth Quay...More

Thank 529Carolyn
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful clean river winding its way down to Fremantle from the swan valley. Great to walk or bike or board along, go skiing or go fishing.

Thank zimmyzimmy
Reviewed 6 days ago

Perth is lucky to be situated on the lovely swan river. Plenty of cycle and walking tracks to let you enjoy what it has to offer. Take a boat trip to Fremantle or if time continue on to Rottnest. A number of restaurants give you...More

Thank trustascot
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Hi There, May I know is there any restriction for fishing along the swan river ? Any good spots for fishing along the swan river ?
4 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
Do you have air conditioning in case it does get hot in August?
16 July 2015|
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Response from Jilszie | Reviewed this property |
Air con is the norm. Aug is usuallywet and cool
Infants travel free, there are lovely eating places at both sides of the river. The one in South Perth is superb. The ferry goes from Barrack Street. The Esplanade train station is the nearest station
25 May 2015|
Response from Rowley51 | Reviewed this property |
Ours certainly did.