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Swan River

Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 432 414 887
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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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Riverside Drive | Perth City Foreshore, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
+61 432 414 887
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Reviewed yesterday

Relax on a cruise on the swan river. You can choose to have lunch on the ferry if money isn't an issue. Otherwise, take a picnic lunch to eat. Free coffee and tea on ferry

Thank janette h
Reviewed 2 days ago

Perth City Foreshore is one of the 'must see' locations to fully enjoy and appreciate the splendid Perth Skyline either during the day or at night

Thank Clarissa H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Swan River is one of the Highlights of Perth I would highly recommend the Ferry Ride from Perth to Fremantle and back you can pick up the Ferry at either place.You can also hop of and on.Is not expensive and the scenery is great.Waters are...More

Thank garyandlinda1
Reviewed 2 days ago

Take the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth & you will be rewarded with a fantastic place to walk right along the swan river. Very,very wheelchair friendly which is most definitely a huge bonus.

Thank 255103Marilyn
Reviewed 2 days ago

The city was founded upon and remains centered around the river. It is not as well exploited as most other river-centered cities but huge strides are now being made to correct that - a new quay, fancy restaurants and sea wall improvements. There's many grassed...More

Thank Grammar1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The river is nice with surroundings and Victoria Park. This is very quite and relaxing area. We love to ride on the bicycle and enjoy fresh air.

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I walked around swan river (around 10k) it was beautiful, has lots of places where you can stop and relax if you want. Also nice to run or go with the skates.

Thank Swisstraveler27
Reviewed 1 week ago

Can be seen and experienced from a number of different viewpoints, angles, locations... It makes Perth such a pretty place, particularly when the weather is nice. The drives to and from Freo are very pleasant with the river right by your side the whole time.

Thank BigBrank
Reviewed 1 week ago

Known as the Derbarl Yerrigan by the Indigenous Aboriginal people, the Swan River is a graceful presence that winds down from the Darling Ranges (the hills that you see sprawling off to the East when you are standing in Perth) through the Swan Coastal plain...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

What would Perth be with Swan River? I would take Mounts Bay Road to get to work meetings whenever possible. The drive is scenic, serene, relaxing and has the added mystery of a statue in the waters known to the locals as Eliza, by Tom...More

Thank E H
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4 August 2016|
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Response from Sharon F | Reviewed this property |
Hi fisherman- sorry I didn't reply quickly. Yes, plenty of fishing spots all along the river. I'm not sure about restrictions but I think the new developments wouldn't encourage fishing- but that would be in the city's... More
16 July 2015|
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Response from Jilszie | Reviewed this property |
Air con is the norm. Aug is usuallywet and cool
25 May 2015|
Response from Rowley51 | Reviewed this property |
Ours certainly did.