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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Ranked #4 of 89 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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Kuala Lumpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A sure to go river walk or cruise. The scenery the view the breeze are all just little things in life to enjoy and windback. Love nature and let nature heal your soul.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Sun is shining! Nice to relax on a motor boat going down the river. Seeing families having picnics along the river. Watching the road race from the boat. Winter breeze blowing. People enjoying the fishing. Bicycles along the pathways. Runners. Seeing the cricket field building. Horse racing. Watching water skiing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very scenic place in the city. Kids love the place.. playing with the birds and enjoying the breeze. There are also dinning places by the river... quite a cool place to chill out

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Tasmania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

just nice to sit at a cafe and watch the world move by. The parks surrounding the river are well maintained but keep an eye out for bicycles they get busy

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A cruise on a Swan river sounds very touristy, but it is still really nice. Offers beautiful views on the city and surroundings. And after all, we are tourists!

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Pambula Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We took the ferry to Freemantle which showcased a lot of the Ssan River. We learnt quite a bit on the way about the history and the famous homes of those who live on the river. We also enjoyed our wander around Freemantle.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A Swan River cruise was one of the many highlights of my Perth experience. Magnificent homes lined the banks, also housing a number of fantastic parks and restaurants. The wildlife is stunning with Osprey, Butterflies and Gala's . Did the cruise twice ending with a wander round Fremantle and quick trip home to the city centre on the train. Perth... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Seeing the Swan River with the City of Perth is quite a sight. Walking along it's south side especially at night ,you get a great light show. Unfortunately it's about all you get as it's greatly underused.It has a few river cruises ,nothing remotely like what would happen in Sydney Harbour. But it is a big river travelling from the... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I walked along the Perth foreshore last Sunday and revelled in my good fortune. The sunset glowed on the river and, despite winter, the air was balmy and all this was puntuated by the sound of Major Mitchell cockatoos wheeling above Kings Park. This simply stunning vista of light spangled water dotted with small boats flitting across the Swan River... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

So, I've grown up around the Swan. It's a large body of water and stretches for kilometres. It's a semitransparent green-brown colour. The estuary part of the Swan (in Fremantle) is generally more of a blue-green colour, due to the turquoise waters of the ocean entering the estuarine waters. I have been kayaking and done a tiny amount of rowing... More

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