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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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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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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The Swan River is beautiful! The perfect place to walk along day or night (my partner and I definitely went for many 3am walks along the river edge!) and filled with beautiful creatures - I saw dolphins, jellyfish and black swans. Its also great for water sports, I went kayaking across to the other side of the city and had... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

What a great spot. Can walk around the whole thing with the use of the numerous bridges. Fantastic weather and the ferry made it easy for the light return

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Beaconsfield, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Running right through Perth, the Swan River is a beautiful feature to be enjoyed by all. Viewed from Fraser Ave in Kings Park, South Perth or from the Supreme Court Gardens downtown Perth, the Swan River is a beautiful sight. I very much enjoyed the view, along with a few lashes, at The Lucky Shag on the boardwalk beside Swan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

loved this river, first time to perth and just learnt about the swan and what it meant to perth and than saw one on the same day!! best place to walk also it is good for relaxation!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

First we were driven around the river by a friend who was a local exploring the small and large beaches also exploring a little of Fremantle. Then the next day we travelled by boat from Perth to Fremantle and back. Each gave us a different view of this fascinating river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is one of Perth's classic attractions. Very pleasant place to stroll and take photos. An iconic feature of Perth that is well worth the visit!

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Camden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We visited Perth for a week and we enjoyed many strolls along the Swan River. I also ran along the river most mornings. It's a great flat track with plenty of room to run side by side or overtake others without any hassle. The walking/running and bike tracks along the waters edge are fantastic. No need to dodge traffic as... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

So for my experience on the river, I took a ferry ride from Barrack St Jetty to Fremantle on Captain James Cook. It cost AUD28.00 for an adult for a one way journey and last about 1hr 15min. My recemmendation is to take the 1115hr or 1545hr cruise from Fremantle because they offer wine tasting for that trip. The cruise... More

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Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Love all along the river! Keep your eyes out for the Dolphins and Swans with their new cygnets.....cafes, restaurants from Freo in all directions! Simply the BEST!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Take a cruise, rent a canoe or paddle board, or just walk or bike along this wonderful river! You most likely would see a dolphin or two.

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