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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.

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Perth City of Lights Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Relax and enjoy the enchanting lights of Perth on a Swan River dinner cruise. You'll enjoy waterfront and city views from your dining table while you cruise ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.54

Swan Valley Wine Cruise from Perth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 143 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 $157.73

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Hop on a ferry from Perth or Fremantle to Rottnest Island for a day of exploring the stunning island. Enjoy a 110-minute coach tour of the island. You'll learn ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.32

Upper Swan Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 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 $104.20

Perth Lunch Cruise including Fremantle Sightseeing Tram Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 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 $85.08

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 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 $65.96

Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 14 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 $67.97
$100.37 Save $32.40

Perth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 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 $28.68

Swan River Scenic Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 63 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: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.33

Whale-Watching Cruise and Fremantle Day Trip from Perth

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Experience the thrill of humpback whales breaching, swimming and playing in the water on a whale-watching cruise from Perth. As you listen to commentary ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.48

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