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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

We went of the Captain Cruise back to Perth from Freemantle. It was a lovely sunny afternoon, and we saw quite a few dolphins. The Captain gave an interesting commentary about Perth, suburbs and landmarks etc. Very relaxing.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Sydney prior to moving to Perth, it took many years before I referred to "river cruises" instead of "harbour cruises" as this wonderful river reminded me so much of Sydney Harbour and coves by it's sheer size and meanderings, an absolute delight to have our city on it's banks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A huge patch of blue always look great in a city. You can feel the breeze and the inviting spring Sun.

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manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

enjoyed this river trip as very hot temp in 44 degrees so trip cooling we went from perth to free mantel had lunch very good lots of fish prawns salade ect very good value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It is a must do Captain Cook cruise to go famous Swan river. It includes wine tasting too. It's definitely a must do at Perth. Alternatively, you can take the local cruise to cross the river to the other side from Bell Tower - think cost few AUD dollars (less 5 AUD)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The Swan River is home to the beautiful foreshores of the Perth CBD. From South Perth, you can enjoy fantastic sunsets and views of the CBD, while enjoying a cook-off on a local BBQ along the river. If you're an active lifestyle person, get use to cycling or running for miles around the river and foreshore as the built in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Gorgeous river through the heart of Perth. The trees and gardens along the river are just lovely and bring a variety of bird life to the area. Excellent bike path and walking path follow the river for miles. Look out for pelicans, lots of fish, dolphins and jelly fish all enjoying the river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The Cruise on the Swan River was one of the highlights of our trip, a must do when visiting the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The Swan River has got to be the most beautiful sunset I have experienced in Australia. Pulls at your heart strings. Beautiful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went from Fremantle to Perth and return on the Captain Cook Ferry. The trip gave us an understanding of how Perth meets Fremantle via the Swan River, where the suburbs are along the river and of course the rich & famous houses along the way. The number of water craft moored at jetties & marinas was amazing - seems... More

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