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Swan River

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Address: Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Phone Number: +610432414887
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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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The swan River

Pretty river, pretty during the day and at night with all the lights from surrounding areas around the river. You can always get some great shots with the camera.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Pretty river, pretty during the day and at night with all the lights from surrounding areas around the river. You can always get some great shots with the camera.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cruise from Elizabeth Quay to Freemantle is awesome , but on a holiday the operators tend to really pack it in - you might feel a tad claustrophobic if you don't have window seat. The ride to the side on the Transperth ferry is also quite an experience. You can book it all on Viator.

Thank Indranujchaudhuri
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220 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Plenty of spots to stop and view the river, great paths to jog/walk along or cycle on the cycle paths. Great for activities like paddle boating, boating etc.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Clean, accessible & beautiful River. Black Swans, Dolphins and other bird life are all common for this World Class Open Space, River and City Skyline.

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Deal, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can't miss the Swan River when in Perth - there are excellent views from all round the city (perhaps the best from the King's Park) - and you can go on cruises in two directions - downstream towards Fremantle or upstream. We loved it so much we did both!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The development is nearly completed on the banks of the river. they have created a beautiful walk and garden on the bank of the river.There are eating places to enjoy the view while eating.It was only one week since the project was unveiled for public when we went to Perth.t

Thank pratibha46
Perth, Australia
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the most beautiful riverside walks, tranquil, with a beautiful view of the city. Close to the zoo and beautiful to walk in the evening watching the city light up.

Thank Graham N
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You stand on the edge, you get a good picture of the skyline of Perth and that's it really. I don't really understand what more you would want to do.

Thank AlexJSpicer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great for walking, cycling, sailing, water-skiing, running, picnicking, and just sitting and watching the world go by. Sometimes it's windy and the sailors have a ball; other times it's mirror-smooth, and the rowers are out in force. This is Perth's greatest place to relax - and enjoying it is completely free!

Thank willhops
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When the first colonists came up the river and the early 1800s to their surprise they saw black swans and named it Swan River. Having come from England where all the swans were white this was quite a surprise. The river winds from the Fremantle Harbour to Perth and beyond. In the Perth area it is like a massive lake.... More 

Thank Pamela R

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