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Address: Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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+61 432 414 887
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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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Swan River is so important to Perth that they put a swan on their city flag. We took the Little Ferry down the river to learn more about it. Along the way we saw some black... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Swan River is so important to Perth that they put a swan on their city flag. We took the Little Ferry down the river to learn more about it. Along the way we saw some black swans. Nice clean, shallow river.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice views, learn about the history of Perth and Fremantle. On hot days experience the Fremantle Doctor (a cool breeze the blows across the coastal area later in the day.)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Catch the ferry to Fremantle and have your camera ready also a travel pair of binoculars would help to get better close up views of the shore line plus watching the yachts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Highly recommend taking a walk around the Swan River, especially at night. The city are lights are stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The view along the river is excellent. We took a ferry from Perth to Fremantle and the views were beautiful, from the yacht clubs to the homes of the rich and famous along the shores. Very relaxing trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We cruised down the river to Freo aboard the Star Flyte Express on our way to Rottnest Island. It was a great way to get to see and learn about various parts of Perth, helped by the commentary from our knowledgeable guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We travelled to Fremantle in a ferry on the Swan river..Lovely way to see the river and its surroundings.What I found fantastic was that the river has a pathway going all around it allowing you to walk or ride along it for as long as you desire.Have a very relaxing stroll or a energetic bike ride along it!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Swan River is such a beautiful way to spend your day/night. With twilight sails you get to enjoy the most stunning views of the city and what better than doing that with your loved ones. Children can sail on the river whilst parents are onshore watching them have oodles of fun. Plus if sailing is the sport for your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Perth river run circles the swan river starting, then finishing at the Bell Tower. It is close to 10/11kms in total. Perfect at early morning or evening. There are also grass verges you can run on if you prefer soft ground. Beware in summer of mozzies, wear protection.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Swan River is not a wide system in a lot of places but the beauty of it is unquestionable. The mouth at Fremantle to the swan valley shows a large variety of scenery from Industrial, Residential to Farming and natural bush land a must view

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