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Swan River

Address: Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 78 Attractions in Perth
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: Perth's favourite playground, the Swan River is a stunning waterway...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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.
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We took the ferry down to Freemantle which comes complete with commentary and free hot drinks. Fortunate enough to see some river dolphins.

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rasco81
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Lovely gentle shallow river, Great areas of beach along it. The chance to see dolphins. There are also black swans. A jetty to jump from or fish from, a café and barbecues available. Smashing area for all the family

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Maidstone, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

w We travelled on the Captain Cook early boat/cat, and were greeted by river dolphins at the first (rail?) bridge on the way to freemantle. Nice start, and although the free coffee was tasteless the trip was interesting enough and a great way to see how the big houses (and yacht clubs) are situated. And then you enter a working... More 

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banbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

just 25 minutes away from the city. lush and green and parrots in the trees. so clean and fresh.many old buildings have been retained and look colonial. take a picnic and a stroll.

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Shirebrook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The Swan is a beautiful River or at least the surrounds are. There are lovely walks with well laid out pathways which are away from traffic. Nice river-side cafe serving good food and drinks, even down to a Full English/Australian breakfast. What is there to dislike, nothing has I could see.

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Channel Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I've done two different River trips and there are choices of several more but I think I'm safe in saying they are all good! I liked the first trip I did because it included the brewery and I've seen a few breweries around the world and like to compare. I won't spoil it by re-telling the interesting commentaries but the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Such a great place for an evening walk in summer or an afternoon BBQ. The South Perth Foreshore is probably the most highlighted part of the river with its views of the city, but if you head around the side towards Como, you can catch some fantastic sunsets. If you're lucky, you can also catch dolphins swimming around.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Travel on the Captain Cook cruises to Fremantle and enjoy all the sights along the Swan River from Mansions on the banks to porpoises along the side of the vessel relax and enjoy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I recommend to ride a bike around the river... there are several parks and beautiful landscapes... as well as the view of Perth's CBD

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beautiful houses, but a river is a river. Nice walking paths and lookouts. Lots of cyclists who don't seem to care too much about pedestrians but as long as you keep to the left of the path it's all good.

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