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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Ranked #3 of 89 attractions in Perth
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Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: Perth's favourite playground, the Swan River is a stunning waterway which winds its way from the Darling Scarp to Fremantle. This natural attraction... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Riverside drive is one of the places I frequent during my current stay in Perth. It a nice expansive park with nice views of the city. Its full of water birds. The integration of the park and Swan River is refreshing to the tired mind. You can also take quite nice memorable photos to. You could also enjoy reading a... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went in a Captain Cook cruise to Fremantle and back to Perth. We had a good time and it was good value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you love the nature, love cycling, take some times off your itinerary and cycle along the swan river. You can get a bike hire just near the corner of Heirisson island. If you're luckily enough, you would be able to see dolphin in the river. I did. :)

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East Maitland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great drive up the Swan Valley, we visited Houghtons and were brilliant looked after, then Ducksteins Brewery for lunch, the Cheese Barrel, Morish Nuts and Nougat place....all brilliant. Oh and don't miss Guilford on the way.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We did a River Cruise from Perth to Fremantle and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery and commentary was fantastic and the Ferrys were very comfortable and good for taking photos. We even had wine tasting and free coffee!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Having never been here before, fascinated by this endless river and its charm. I had participated in a community run on Sunday, but dawdled about taking photos on an almost perfect day. My sorrow is that I did not have the time to take a boat trip up it - that looked like a grand idea. So - next time!

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Curepipe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Had a nice time chilling there! If you are looking for a place to chillax with some friends and food its the place to be!

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We saw the $5 online special and thought it too good to be true. Could only find one old review of Golden Sun Cruises, and it was given 1 star due to the Captain's racist commentary. We only wanted a transfer from Fremantle to Perth, so took the chance. You have to give your credit card details to someone over... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

While the river itself offers a lot of space for recreational activities (i.e boating, jet skiing, kayaking) it isn't the most pleasant body of water to swim in. While often dirty or teeming with jellyfish, it does sometimes offer a source of fun with spots such as blackwall reach (cliff jumping) and other areas which offer gear hire (such as... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Take a boat tour down the Swan river from the CBD to Freemantle, its worth the trip and a great way to see the area.

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