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Address: Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Description: Perth's favourite playground, the Swan River is a stunning waterway which...
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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Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

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Lovely walk along the riverside

Just a short stroll from St. George's Terrace and the old court house you reach the Swan River. Plenty to do from cruises, surfing etc thought to catching the ferry to the zoo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Just a short stroll from St. George's Terrace and the old court house you reach the Swan River. Plenty to do from cruises, surfing etc thought to catching the ferry to the zoo, Freemantle and the wineries. Good selection of places to have lunch at the riverside then follow with a leisurely walk along the banks of the river. Plenty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Perth makes full us of the river. Plenty of walking and biking tracks, places to work out, picnic or just watch the world go by. Beautiful

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Librizzi (ME)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

A huge river where you can surf, kite-surf, ski and do many other water-things. You can find dolphins, birds and you can see the city from another point of view

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Chester United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Probably the best way to see the river is by taking a cruise. Either upstream to the wineries or from Perth to Fremantle. Either way there is a good chance you will see dolphin. The cruises go from the esplanade at the bottom of Barrack St. If you are heading to Fremantle you may wish to go out by river... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The river wends its way down to Fremantle. Choose from a walk by the river, a scenic view across it from a variety of locations or one of the many cruises offered. Get a good view of the city, south Perth and Kings Park from the ferry out of Barrack Street Jetty. It has a beautiful blue colour - lots... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Spent a wonderful afternoon on the River with some friends on their boat. Perfect way to see the city & the Dolphins!! Very relaxing.

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Barossa Valley, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed the trip to Fremantle. Commentary was very informative and the views were good. the staff were courteous and friendly.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Took a 2.5 hour cruise of the Swan River from Perth to Fremantle and did not get off. Relaxing having a wine and watching the yachts sail past. A must do!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took a very relaxing trip up Swan River on a recent trip to Perth. The scenery is stunning and its an eye opener to see how the other half lives! Would recommend a trip to pass a lovely sunny day!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Wine and beer were great in various places. The food was so-so. In general, for a wine lover or lover of a feelgood time, I fully recommend.

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