Experience Swan River Tours

Explore from an array of curated top-rated Swan River tours and cruises to discover the liquid heart of Perth at budget-friendly rates! Enjoy a Swan River cruise and see some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods like the Central Business District, the port city of Fremantle, the picturesque Swan Valley wine region and Perth’s most affluent suburbs. Admire the spectacular cityscape from the water, enjoy a stroll, cycle, jog, enjoy a picnic, a spot of sailing and fishing or a gentle river cruise. A boat tour of Perth’s Swan River is the perfect way to see the city’s landmarks, the clear blue skies and attractions. Head to Kings Park and Botanic Garden for sweeping views of the river, the city and Darling Range beyond.
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Our tips for Swan River

  • River Cruises. Consider embarking on a river cruise to appreciate the breathtaking views of the city skyline and waterfront. Numerous operators provide a range of cruise options, including sightseeing, lunch, and dinner cruises.
  • Cycling and Walking Paths. Explore the area by utilizing the extensive cycling and walking paths along the riverbanks. Whether you rent a bike or opt for a leisurely stroll, these paths offer a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the scenic surroundings.
  • Picnics and Parks. Enhance your outdoor experience by packing a picnic and taking advantage of the parks lining the river. Sir James Mitchell Park, Matilda Bay Reserve, and Bardon Park are well-loved locations with green spaces and amenities, perfect for a tranquil day outdoors.
  • Water Activities. Make the most of the river by engaging in water activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and boating. Numerous rental companies operate along the riverbanks, providing you with the opportunity to enjoy the water at your preferred pace.

Good to know

The Swan River holds significant cultural value for the local Noongar Aboriginal people, referred to as Derbarl Yerrigan in their language, and has been an integral aspect of their lifestyle for millennia. Explored by Captain James Stirling in 1827, it earned the name Swan River because of the abundant black swans witnessed in the vicinity, now emblematic of Western Australia. Stretching approximately 72 kilometers (45 miles) with a catchment area covering around 121,000 square kilometers (46,700 square miles), the river courses through Perth, acting as a natural divider between its northern and southern sectors. In the city center lies Perth Water, the estuarine portion of the Swan River, while downstream lies Melville Water, an expansive body of water expanding as the river approaches the Indian Ocean.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to visit Swan River?

    Swan River can be enjoyed throughout the year. Enjoy a cruise during the spring months of September through to November for comfortably warm weather and clear skies.

  • Q: How do I get around?

    The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river cruises to Fremantle, Swan Valley and Rottnest Island. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar. A boat tour or lunch cruise is a great way to enjoy the charms of Swan River.

  • Q: Are there walking and cycling paths along the Swan River?

    Certainly! There are abundant walking and cycling paths along the riverbanks, offering a scenic means to discover the area. Whether you choose to rent a bike or opt for a relaxed stroll, these paths provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery.

  • Q: Any tips for saving money on the tour to Swan River?

    Book Swan river cruises and ferry rides well in advance to get the best rates. The earlier you book, the better the deal. A ferry ride from Perth to Rottnest Island, Swan Valley or a Swan River boat tour is not too expensive but makes for a wonderful sightseeing experience.

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