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“Good boat trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swan River

Swan River
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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.
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“Good boat trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

Pick any of the boat trips and I am sure that you will enjoy it. The boat that we took, up to Freemantle and back had a full commentary and drinks and snacks were available too. We were also fortunate enough to see the famous black swans.

Visited January 2014
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“Round the River Bike Ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

There is a great bike ride around the Swan River, with a few options to extend a little further for the adventurous. For visitors to the city, there are a few places to hire bikes and helmets in Perth and many Perth families have under-utilised bikes in their garages if you have a local contact. You must wear a helmet in Perth even on bike paths (though many flout this requirement)

The basic circuit is from the Perth foreshore, past the old Swan brewery, through Nedlands, Claremont, Mosman Park, North Fremantle, then over the traffic bridge, and turn back through East Fremantle, Bicton, Alfred Cove, Canning Bridge and up the Freeway cycle path back to Perth. This standard minimum circuit is about 50km, and is mainly on dedicated cycle ways with spectacular views. Being next to the river, the track is mainly flat or undulating, with few hills. Any roads tend to be relatively cycle friendly and quiet in leafy, upmarket suburbs. There are 'round the river' maps and guides available - some free - from bike outlets or google "Perth round the river bike ride" or similar brings up lots of useful links including full downloadable maps on transport.wa.gov.au There is a dedicated route with several variations offering loop rides up to 80km incorporating a ride down the coast to Coogee Beach (nearly all cycleway from Fremantle), then inland to the freeway (cycleway along Beeliar Drive from Stock Road to the freeway). Another shorter loop extension is to include the South Perth foreshore to Burswood before heading back along the Perth Foreshore.

If 50km sounds way too much, you can start anywhere and tootle along a bike path until you want to turn back.

I have done this ride many times and always enjoy it. Best on a sunny winter day, but good any time. If you can, plan for the wind changes. As this is a circuit, you might plan to head into the breeze before it gets too strong, then enjoy a good tail wind on your return leg. If you are clever, you can take advantage of an Easterly breeze from Perth in the morning, relax in Fremantle until the sea breeze is established, then scoot back to Perth with a good tailwind.

Visited February 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Wonderful river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

The swan river is fantastic. There are walking and cycle paths that run the entire length from the city, South Perth, Burswood and East Perth. The full loop is about 20km, and I would recommend cycling - there is a cycle hire shop on the river near the Causeway bridge at the eastern end of the city. If you prefer to walk you can do smaller loops.

A compant recently opened up the opportunity to do a tour on a segway. The company is based near the Bell Tower. An hour trip is about $89 and the 90 minute trip is about $129 (don't quote me on that though). I haven't done the segway tour, but I think it would be a great way to see the river.

Visited February 2014
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“A relaxing cruise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

There isn't a lot to see along this river, but the natural beauty is worth the trip. The people who worked on ours were wonderful and treated us like family members from the get go. We took the cruise down the river to the Sandalford winery. We were served coffee/tea, cakes, etc. It was a really nice day and good way to see the sights of Perth. We were also able to see backyards of nice homes and walking paths, parks, etc. It was a great day.

Visited January 2014
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“Captain Cook Cruise to Freemantle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Pleasant 1 hour trip on the Swan River down to Fremantle. Lovely to feel the breeze on your face after the heat of Perth. Wonderful views of amazing houses adjacent to Swan River.

Visited January 2014
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