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“To be a boy again” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swan River

Swan River
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USD 132.44*
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Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth
Ranked #3 of 180 things to do in Perth
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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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“To be a boy again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Aaaaah,to be a boy again.I grew up in the suburb of Bicton, approximately 4 miles from Fremantle and about 9 miles from Perth.Our stomping ground was the river,from the Bicton jetties around to Blackwall Reach and on to Point Walter, with its sandbank extending to about 3/4 of the way across the river.On the Mosman Park side of the river was the sugar refinery.
When the 12o'clock lunch whistle blew that was the signal for us to go home for lunch.The 5o'clock whistle let us know that it was time to go home for our evening meal and bed.On early mornings in summer we would swim almost to the other side of the river and wait for the dolphins.The thrill of being able to pat them as they went past is unimaginable.To do so now would incur the wrath of the fun police.As I've grown older and changed,so has the river.Once where there were rough walking tracks along the banks,there are now cycle and walking paths interspersed with the occassional coffee shop.Fortunatley the swimming,fishing,crabbing and prawning is still good.The river is still one of our best playgrounds.It is still good for yachting and canoeing.Over the years it has become a popular spot for recreational scuba divers.The river is there to be enjoyed.Happy trails.

Visited April 2012
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“Swanee, How I Love Ya, How I love ya' My dear ol' Swanee..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

A Sydney friend visiting Perth for the very first time was delighted when I took her for a trip along the Swan River via the Barrack St Jetty Ferry ride. It was a great day out for both of us. The Captain on board was cheerfully bright and entertaining and knew everything you could want to know about the history of Perth and it's inhabitants and pointed out to us all the famous landmarks. Take your camera! You will not be disappointed! When you view them again and again over time you will fondly remember how much fun it was being out in the open on the water's edge gazing at the sights and sounds of the Old Swan Brewery, Kings Park, multi million dollar mansions and much much more. The trip only took about us an hour to get to Fremantle Wharf where we could explore and enjoy the rest of our day.

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Perth, Australia
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“There's a lot of it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

the Swan winds it's way for many miles through greater Perth, linking the Port of Fremantle to the capital, Perth then on through the suburbs and out to the Swan Valley. so there is much of it and it's character changes along the way. great place for cycling as there are cycle paths for most of it.

Visited April 2012
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“Must see on a ferry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Went on Ferry from city , near swan bells and took about 45 min to Fremantle. Doesn't looks like river at all, more like ocean or delta as it meets Indian ocean in Fremantle. Nice view of some most expensive houses in Australia along the coast of the river. Two much sporting activity throughout the river and lots of lots of private boats alongway

Visited March 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

We launched our kyaks onto the Swan River at Mt lawley a month ago for a couple of hours paddling. We watched water skiers 5 up behind a single boat, watched the helicopter taking off and landing doing its senic flights at Burswood Casino. Paddled past people throwing a line in the water to try there luck at fishing. Waved to children bbqing with their families in parks on the banks of the river. Paddled into a small inlet where we could have parked up and grabbed a coffee at at cafe or something stronger at the Royal Hotel, not this time though we paddled just a little further and enjoyed crackers and cheese and a byo beer we had packed sitting at a picnic table near the WACCA.
Other than navigating the odd wave caused by passing boats it was the most relaxing and entertaining way to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon..There are so many activities you can do on or near this river, its endless and never dull

Visited March 2012
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