Swan River carves its way through the middle of the city of Perth before joining with the sea.

Fed by the Avon, Canning and Helena Rivers, the Swan River itself is only around 60km long. Over 130 species of fish inhabit the Swan River, including bull sharks, catfish, rays and bream. Bottlenose dolphins are also regularly seen in the estuary.

One of the easiest ways to appreciate the beauty of the Swan River is simply to take a walk along its banks. Cycling and walking paths line the foreshore, and parklands along the water’s edge keep things interesting. Circuiting the river by the Narrows Bridge and the Causeway is a casual 10km walk well worth undertaking.

Cruises along the Swan River are also popular, often lasting a few hours – or simply take the ferry across the harbour for a cheaper option. Jet boating and parasailing are activities less suited to appreciating the quiet beauty of the river, but guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Windsurfing is another popular option for getting on the water, but hiring a canoe will allow visitors to see more of the river itself.

Practical Info

The Swan River is hard to miss. Visitors arriving by plane to the city cross it on their way from the airport to the CBD, and with so many popular attractions lying on or near the Swan River, it’s highly unlikely that a visitor to Perth will leave the city without spending some time on its banks.

Tours & Tickets

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Perth City of Lights Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Enjoy dinner on the water with this 3-hour Swan River cruise in Perth. Admire views of the tranquil waterfront as the city lights up for the night, and feast ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.97

Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 164 Reviews

Take in the charming views of the upper reaches of the Swan River and Perth's surrounding city on this Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth. Enjoy morning and ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $122.38

Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Explore Perth on a hop-on hop-off tour, with commentary provided as you travel by double-decker bus to Perth’s most famous attractions, including Kings Park ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $23.73

Upper Swan Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Take a lunchtime cruise along the Swan River from Perth to the beautiful Upper Swan River. You'll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on board your fully licensed ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.85

Swan River Scenic Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Whilst you are visiting Perth, it is a must to take a cruise along the Swan River. The 2.5-hour Swan River cruise allows you to see the wonderful sights that ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.19

Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

See the sights of Perth and Fremantle on an attraction-packed half-day tour that takes in the city and beaches. You’ll see panoramic views over Perth from ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.21
$58.60 Save $10.39

Perth Lunch Cruise including Fremantle Sightseeing Tram Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 97 Reviews

Escape Perth's hustle and bustle, and combine a lunch cruise around Perth with a sightseeing tram tour of the Port of Fremantle. You'll cruise down the Swan ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.50

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Swan River and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of local seafood, continental meats and salad. This is the perfect way to ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.18

Swan River Floating Lounge Bar

Hop aboard Perth’s best new option for fun: the Swan River Floating Lounge Bar. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, a dance floor, great music and a ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $14.83

History, Culture and Heritage Walking Tour of Perth

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the city of Perth – the most isolated capital city in the world – on a walking tour of the Central Business District, which borders the lovely Swan ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.67

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