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Swan River Tours

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Swan River
The liquid heart of Perth, the Swan River touches many of the city’s neighborhoods on its way to the Indian Ocean. The river passes through the Swan Valley wine region, Perth’s Central Business District and affluent suburbs, and the port city of Fremantle, and there are lots of recreational opportunities on the banks and in the water.
 
The Basics
Enjoy the Swan River by doing some fishing, water skiing, or swimming, or simply taking a picnic to the water’s edge. You can take a cruise to go wine tasting, see the river on a tour of the city, or go running or biking along the waterfront. Popular sightseeing cruises provide views of yacht clubs, quiet bays, and impressive riverside homes, and some include lunch or dinner. Alternatively, you can also see the river from above on a helicopter tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many cruises depart from the Barrack Street Jetty near the Bell Tower, which also has an observation deck with panoramic views.
  • You can reach the Perth Zoo via the Swan River by taking the ferry to South Perth.
  • Elizabeth Quay, next to the Bell Tower, offers eateries, a playground, and public art.
 
How to Get There
From Northbridge or the CBD, walk south and you’ll run into the river. The free Blue CAT bus also stops near the waterfront. To cross the river on foot, by bike, or in a vehicle, head to the Narrows Bridge, which connects the CBD and South Perth.
 
When to Get There
The sun is strong in Perth in the summertime, and the open riverbanks can be hot and bright. Sunset is a great time for photos, especially at Kings Park, where you can admire the city skyline as it starts to twinkle. Firework displays light up the skies over the river on New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.
 
Fremantle
Part of Perth’s metropolitan area, Fremantle is a port city known that sits on the south side of the Swan River, where it meets the ocean. Locals love Freo, as the area is called, for its café scene, bars, and casual vibe. The city is also known for its historical attractions, particularly the Fremantle Prison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address: Perth, WA, Australia
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Swan River Twilight CruiseNight Cruises

Swan River Twilight Cruise

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Watch the sunset over the Perth skyline as you float down the Swan River on this evening cruise. Listen to the live commentary as you glide past landmarks like the Crown Casino and Old Swan Brewery, admire the glittering waterfront of Claisebrook Cove, and enjoy a glass of wine as you soak up the views.
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Perth Swan River Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Perth Swan River Dinner Cruise

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Spend an evening on the Swan River during this Perth dinner cruise that highlights the beauty of the city from the water. As you glide past the downtown riverfront and surrounding suburbs, admire twinkling lights reflecting on the water, listen to live music and dine on a buffet of roast beef, prawns, lasagna and more. Australian wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea are provided, and you can purchase spirits from the bar.
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Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from PerthDay Trips

Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth

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Cruise through the Swan River Valley from Perth for a relaxing day on the water that includes a stop at a local winery. Take in views of Perth and the riverfront scenery of the upper Swan River while snacking on morning and afternoon tea, and enjoy wine tastings on board the boat before visiting Sandalford Winery for a behind-the-scenes tour and 2-course lunch with more wine tastings. On the return cruise, listen to live entertainment.
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Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River CruiseDay Cruises

Perth and Fremantle Tour with Optional Swan River Cruise

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Discover the coastal charm of Perth and Fremantle on this diverse half-day sightseeing tour. Take in views of the cityscape from treetop walkways at Kings Park Botanic Gardens, and then get a closer look at cultural landmarks on a narrated coach tour. Head to the coast to admire the famous sandy stretches of Cottesloe Beach and soak up the seaport ambiance of historic Freemantle. Upgrade to include a return cruise to Perth along the scenic Swan River.
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Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from PerthDay Trips

Swan Valley River Cruise and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Perth

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Discover Western Australia's oldest wine region on this full-day tour of the Swan Valley from Perth, including lunch. Indulge in a decadent morning tea, followed by wine and cheese tasting, as you cruise down the Swan River and admire views of the Perth skyline. Then, set out on a coach tour of the Swan Valley vineyards, stopping to enjoy wine tastings, tour a brewery, enjoy a set menu lunch, and indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
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One-way Sightseeing Cruise between Perth and FremantleDay Cruises

One-way Sightseeing Cruise between Perth and Fremantle

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Travel from Perth to Fremantle or vice versa on a relaxing Swan River cruise. You’ll glide along the river, admiring the waterfront scenery of Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs. Drinks may be purchased from the onboard bar. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule.
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Half-Day Swan Valley Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting Tour Including Afternoon River Cruise from PerthDay Trips

Half-Day Swan Valley Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting Tour Including Afternoon River Cruise from Perth

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Get a taste of the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine region, on this 6-hour tour from Perth. Discover the region’s famous grapes with wine tastings at two boutique wineries, sample regional cheeses, then indulge your sweet tooth with hand-made chocolates and truffles at the Margaret River Chocolate Company. Finish with a wine-fuelled cruise along the scenic Swan River and enjoy dazzling views of Perth as you glide back into the city.
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Fremantle Lunch CruiseLunch Cruises

Fremantle Lunch Cruise

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Spend lunch on the water during this Swan River cruise from Perth. As you glide leisurely down the river from the city to Fremantle, a historical port city located where the river meets the Indian Ocean, feast on a buffet hot dishes, salads, fruit and more. While you eat, take in views of Perth’s waterfront suburbs and yacht clubs.
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Perth Lunch Cruise including Fremantle Sightseeing Tram TourDay Cruises

Perth Lunch Cruise including Fremantle Sightseeing Tram Tour

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On this round-trip cruise from Perth to Fremantle, admire the riverfront scenery of Perth as you travel down the Swan River, and take a sightseeing tram tour of Fremantle to see the top landmarks of this historical port city. Then reboard the boat for the return cruise to Perth, enjoying a buffet lunch on the way.
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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or FremantleDay Trips

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle

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Visit Perth’s favorite local getaway destination on a day trip to Rottnest Island, located just offshore in the Indian Ocean. Travel to Rottnest by high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle (your choice), and then embark on a sightseeing tour of the island by coach. While you listen to narration from an informative guide, check out landmarks like the West End and Wadjemup Lighthouse. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the car-free island at your leisure. You may upgrade when booking to include lunch.
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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Adventure Speed Boat RideDay Trips

Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Adventure Speed Boat Ride

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See Rottnest Island from the water on this day trip that includes a high-speed adventure wildlife boat ride. Travel to the island, a favorite local getaway due to its secluded beaches and relaxing environment, by high-speed ferry from Perth or Fremantle. Then embark on a adventure thrill ride to look for seals, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life. Afterward, you have free time on the island to explore independently; perhaps rent a bike or go swimming off one of the white-sand beaches. When booking, you may upgrade to include lunch, if you wish.
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Rottnest Island Round-Trip Ferry from Perth or Fremantle

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A piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Perth, Rottnest Island is a favorite day trip getaway due to its white-sand beaches, isolated turquoise bays, biking paths and vehicle-free environment. Travel to the island on the high-speed ferry from either Perth or Fremantle—make your choice when booking. Then spend your time on the island however you please before returning the same day by ferry. Popular activities include snorkeling, biking and looking for quokkas, the resident wildlife.
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Rottnest Island with Bike Hire from Perth or FremantleDay Trips

Rottnest Island with Bike Hire from Perth or Fremantle

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Take a day trip to Rottnest Island, a popular Perth getaway due to its white-sand beaches, secluded bays, scenic bike paths and vehicle-free atmosphere. Travel to the island, just off the coast, by high-speed ferry, and then explore at your leisure with included bike rental. Some options are snorkeling or following the trails to West End, Wadjemup or Bathurst Longhouses, the pink salt lakes or include lunch at Karma Rottnest. When booking, select the option that corresponds to your departure location—either Perth or Fremantle.
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Wine Tasting Day Trip and Swan Valley River Cruise to PerthDay Cruises

Wine Tasting Day Trip and Swan Valley River Cruise to Perth

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Explore the Swan River Valley's offerings, including wineries, a brewery, and a chocolate factory, on this full-day tour from Perth. Additionally, visit Providore, then hop aboard a cruise boat to make your way back to Perth via the Swan River. Travel with a small group of nine people or fewer, ensuring personalized attention from your guide and an intimate atmosphere. Lunch and wine tastings included.
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Summer Lunch CruiseWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Summer Lunch Cruise

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Who says lunch has to be boring? Book in on our NEW lunch cruise and you’ll never look at lunch the same way again! The Swan River comes alive in summer, with the abundance of bird and marine life, and sun reflecting off the water providing a truly unique experience. Unwind whilst exploring the city on an upstream cruise. Stepping on board the Summer Lunch Cruise, guests can settle in for an afternoon of enjoyment as they slowly drift away from the city centre and explore the Swan River System which holds special spiritual significance for the Nyoongar people, the traditional caretakers of this land. This all-inclusive lunch provides guests with a fabulous selection of hot buffet dishes, complemented by a variety of summer inspired gourmet salads, we have an option to suit every taste. All-inclusive standard wine, beer and soft drink are on offer for the duration of the cruise.
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Rottnest Island Bayseeker Day Trip from PerthDay Trips

Rottnest Island Bayseeker Day Trip from Perth

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19, THIS PACKAGE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL 31ST MAY 2020. Explore the stunning beauty of Rottnest Island in air-conditioned comfort on this 1 hour and 30 minute bus tour with live commentary. Take in the amazing flora and fauna of the island, whilst learning about the colonial and maritime history of this magnificent island.
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson plus Guided Paddle on Perth's Swan RiverOther Water Sports

Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson plus Guided Paddle on Perth's Swan River

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Head to the Swan River for a 2-hour beginning level stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lesson and guided tour. Learn key SUP skills from your qualified guide that allow you to ride independently on flat water or small waves. You'll be able to soak in the scenery of Perth, look for aquatic life, and enjoy time to practice your new skills.
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Rottnest Island Wild Seafood Package with Round Trip Ferry from PerthDining Experiences

Rottnest Island Wild Seafood Package with Round Trip Ferry from Perth

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE IMPACT OF COVID-19, THIS PACKAGE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE UNTIL 31ST MAY 2020. The ‘thrill of the catch’ will be yours to remember forever, as you pull up pots of Western Rock Lobster (or ‘crayfish’, as it is commonly known in Australia). Learn more about this unique and delicious ocean delicacy from our crew, then sit back and enjoy watching an exquisite seafood feast prepared right before you. Hot off the barbecue, your lobster will be served alongside other fresh seafood delights such sashimi salmon, freshly-shucked oysters, Blue Swimmer crabs, fish tacos, prawns and marinated octopus, plus an array of delicious accompaniments. Enjoy it all, paired with unlimited West Australian wines, beers and soft drinks, served as you cruise.
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Perth & Fremantle City Explorer with Tram, Prison Tour, Lunch & Optional CruiseBus Tours

Perth & Fremantle City Explorer with Tram, Prison Tour, Lunch & Optional Cruise

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A fantastic tour taking in Perth and Fremantle giving you a great insight into the city and the alfresco lifestyle Perth people enjoy.
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Perth East Foreshore and City Segway TourSegway Tours

Perth East Foreshore and City Segway Tour

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See the highlights of Perth on a Segway tour along the city’s booming and beautiful riverfront. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise along the Swan River, and check out attractions like Kings Park, Claisebrook Cove or the river foreshore, depending on the option selected when booking. By allowing you to cover more ground than a walking tour but still be outside in the fresh air, a Segway is the ideal way to explore a sunny, outdoorsy city like Perth.
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Perth Scenic Flight - City River and BeachesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Perth Scenic Flight - City River and Beaches

Perth offers travelers a world of attractions, from pristine parklands to laid-back beaches and a glitzy central business district. It can be challenging to see it all in one trip, but this scenic flight tour lets you see it all and more from above in roughly half an hour. There is pretty much no other way to get bird’s eye views of Perth, Freemantle, and the Indian Ocean.
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Epic Let’s Roam’s Scavenger Hunt Perth: Perched On A Swan!Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Epic Let’s Roam’s Scavenger Hunt Perth: Perched On A Swan!

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Grand Perth & Fremantle Tour with Tram & CruiseDay Cruises

Grand Perth & Fremantle Tour with Tram & Cruise

A self-guided full day tour which allows full immersion into the twin cities of Perth and Fremantle. The tour takes in Perth and Fremantle enjoying Perth's natural beauty of the Swan River and Kings Park Botanical Gardens. The tour will guide passengers through the Western Suburbs to reach Cottesloe Beach affording the opportunity to experience a historic tram ride and free time in Fremantle to explore the beauty of this famous marine port.
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Full Day Tour by Seaplane to Rottnest Island Small Group TripDay Trips

Full Day Tour by Seaplane to Rottnest Island Small Group Trip

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Discover the bays and beaches of Rottnest Island on this day tour via seaplane from Perth. With a small group, travel in a turboprop seaplane to the tiny island, known for its sustainability practices and locally sourced cuisine. Tour the island with a guide in the lead, learning about the island history and culture, then stop at Hotel Rottnest for morning tea and lunch. Round-trip Perth hotel transportation included.
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