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Swan River

Riverside Drive, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Ranked #4 of 87 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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Canberra, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We sailed up to Fremantle on the Swan river and it was picture perfect. The wharf was full of great quality cafes and we enjoyed the coffee and later lunch.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Swan River is very diverse as her surrounds, you can picnic with family an friends, take river cruises to the beautiful an amazing Swan Valley or to Fremantle a bustling Port city with loads of history,great shopping, wk/end market, cafes, boutique brewers & more. There is also a guided walking tour offered by the Traditional owners of the Land(indigenous),... More

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Bunbury, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

From river cruises to swimming, fishing and boating.....the mighty Swan is the absolute jewel of Perth. Take the ferry ride to Fremantle or a wine cruise to the upper reaches of the Swan Valley, this river has something for everyone. A precious resourse that the locals should look after.

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Timbó SC
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Swan river is such a nice place to relax and see the enviroment around. Could stay some hours watching that place. If possible take the ferry boat to get across it.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It's a river. That's about all you can say. Looks nice until late summer when it goes green. Ferrys are intermittent and no water taxis to speak of. Never really liked swimming in it. Bull sharks. Catamaraning was fun though the jellyfish were not.

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Took the ferry ride to Fremantle. Great way to spend the day. Fantastic views of the river, Perth and Fremantle.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of Perth's natural beauties. Perfect for either walking along, cycling or going for a river trip. I often walk along the foreshore on south Perth side with friends or family, but also enjoy going for a round trip (1hr) (via the freeway bridge and the Graham Farmer bridge) on the bicycle. On the South Perth side there are lovely... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Picturesque, clean and easily accessable. Has a great abundance of marine and bird life for a system that cuts through the city.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Perth is a fortunate city to be situated on the Swan. It's broad bays make it a great place to sail or to just take a leisurely stroll along its banks.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

As I drive down Riverside Drive I never tire of the beautiful view across our stunning Swan River. Occasionally you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Black Swan swimming along or even a pod of dolphins passing my. The Swan River is also a great starting point to embark on a cruise to Rottnest Island.

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