Discover the Natural Beauty of the of the Swan River.

On Perth's doorstep, the Swan River creates a stunning contrast against the skyline of city high rises. 

Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, ride or skate a circuit around the river or take a tour on a Segway. There are also many grassy areas to have a picnic, enjoy a sunset and watch the city come alive with light.

For water sports enthusiasts sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are popular choices in Perth, with hire facilities located along the foreshore. The 'bridges' walk around the river (crossing at Narrows Bridge and the Causeway) will take you approximately 2.5 hours.

The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river cruises to Fremantle, Swan Valley and Rottnest Island, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoxo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar.

Explore the Swan River

See what to do on the river, and places to visit and stay nearby.
  • The exceptional Atrium Buffet has become the quintessence of buffet dining in Perth. Set within the luxurious Crown Metropol Perth lobby, Atrium...
  • Bistro Guillaume Perth will transport your senses to a Parisian heaven. Offering modern, French provincial dining spaces with spectacular outdoor...
  • Take your senses on a remarkable journey at Epicurean – a sophisticated open-kitchen dining experience nestled within the luxurious Crown Towers Perth...
  • In the mood for something spectacular? Overlooking the Swan River and the city skyline, you’ll find Nobu Perth. Exceeding your expectations with an...
  • Rediscover Waterwall Restaurant & Bar, located in the iconic landmark Pagoda Resort & Spa in Como and the vibrant City of South Perth. The restaurant...
  • Harnessing the power of nature and an open fire, billows of smoke and glowing embers, Hearth Restaurant at the lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth...
  • 18 Knots Rooftop Bar features a relaxed vibe and spectacular 360-degree views of Perth and the best seats to view the West Australian sunsets. The...
  • Perth’s number one Stand Up Paddling experience. It’s more than just a board and a paddle! Come and join Perth SUP School for an aqua adventure around...
  • Located in front of the majestic Bell Tower with picturesque views across the river to South Perth & Kings Park, Riverside Café is an idyllic location...
  • Old-world charm and modern facilities combine at this fully-renovated cottage located on the Swan River and surrounded by 16 acres of native parkland...
  • WELCOME TO THE ULTIMATE IN WATER SPORTS! Based in Western Australia, where the best beaches in Australia reside, it's a great place to enjoy...
  • Experience the finest Western Australian flavours at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley. Located just 25 minutes' drive from Perth, this expansive...
  • Cutting a striking silhouette along the Swan River, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth evokes timeless luxury and the joy of discovery. Set within a stunning...
  • Don't let the Swan River, Rottnest Island and Fremantle pass you by, set your own pace without taking a step. Segways are the most exhilarating and...
  • At Upper Reach you'll meet the people who actually grow the grapes and make the wine. Over the past 25 years, Upper Reach Winery owners, Laura & Derek...
  • The epitome of luxury, guest rooms and suites at Crown Towers Perth command magnificent views. Intelligently designed with the latest technology and...
  • Sightseeing Pass Australia is the first Western Australian locally owned and operated website offering visitors 350 tours and attractions with instant...
  • WA NT TOURS are the specialists for guided small group tours (English, German, Swiss German, French and other languages on request) with more than 21...
  • Gondolas on the Swan offers a unique tour experience, gondola cruises on the beautiful Swan River from Elizabeth Quay, the heart of Perth city. The...
  • Experiencing Perth has never been more exciting! Join Swan River Seaplanes for a short scenic flight of Perth or jump aboard for a trip to Rottnest...
  • Warrang-Bridil (meaning ‘Enlighten to Acknowledge’) is a 100% Aboriginal owned and operated cultural business in Perth, Western Australia. Services...
  • Boutique Cruise offers small group private boat Charters on the Swan river, Rottnest or Carnac island. Grab your friends and family for a fun day out...
  • If you like to indulge in wine, beer and great food, then Swan Valley Tours is for you! They provide award-winning daily indulgence tours and cruises...
  • Water Wanderers would love you to come and wander on water with them in Perth: where it’s perfect for kayaking all year round! For those visiting from...
  • For the past 30 years, Captain Cook Cruises as Perth’s premier cruise company has been providing picturesque cruises to visitors of Perth from the...
  • Visit Rottnest Island, the Monkey Mia Dolphins, the eerie Pinnacles Desert, or the ancient granite formation that is Wave Rock. Experience the vast...
  • Willie Creek Pearls is a Western Australian family business, celebrating over 30 years of service excellence. Willie Creek Pearls sustainably produce...
  • Discover South Perth One of the state's most loved destinations for locals and tourists alike, the City of South Perth is packed with places to...
  • There isn't a better way to see the beautiful river and city than travelling in the exquisite comfort of a solar electric ferry. The little ferries...
  • Are you brave enough to climb to the top of Perth’s Matagarup Bridge? This is no ordinary walk up a bridge – this is a true climb! You will be...
  • Funcats is one of Perth’s iconic must do activities and the only place in the world where you can sail your own boat directly in front of a major city...
  • Lodestar Waterside Apart-Hotel in South Perth offers affordable 4 star rated accommodation for short or long stays. These serviced apartments in South...
  • The towering glass spire of The Bell Tower located where Perth meets the Swan River in vibrant Barrack Square, is a touchstone for Australian and...
  • Designed for global travellers who love open spaces, open thinking and open expression, this is where travel creates possibilities. Get ready for...
  • If you want to add excitement and adventure to your life you’ve come to the right place! Explore Naturally There’s no better way to explore the great...
  • Perth’s newest water adventure! Experience the freedom and exhilaration of Cycling on Water in the heart of Perth, on the beautiful Swan River. Pedal...
  • The ultimate in modern accommodation, Crown Metropol Perth promises to deliver a truly unique hotel experience. Guest rooms are a mix of clean classic...
  • Are you ready to unplug and cruise the Upper Swan? Book your 3 or 6 hour boat hire now! What You Can Expect: • Group: 8 people max • Time: From 10am...
  • There is much heritage in the heart of the Swan Valley at Nikola Estate, where the Yukich family have realised a long-held dream by returning the...
  • Mandoon Estate is the Swan Valleys newest and largest venue situated on the banks of the Swan River. Mandoon Estate offers a fine dining restaurant...
  • Peddle Perth is an interactive & exciting way to experience the delights of Perth and see the new developments while enjoying the city with the...
  • Derbal Yerrigan Bilya - Cultural Stories of the Swan River, Cruising on the Crystal Swan The Swan River, or Derbarl Yerrigan Bilya, as it’s known in...
  • GOGO Active tours are a bike and kayak tour business that provide safe and organised guided tours to some of Perth’s well known highlights plus some...
  • The four and a half star Pagoda Resort & Spa is perfectly located in the heart of the vibrant city of South Perth, nestled on the banks of the Swan...
  • This is your exclusive invitation to the world of secret getaways – welcome to Super Yachts Perth. Indulge your senses with unsurpassed six and seven...
  • Crowne Plaza Perth is a refreshingly personal hotel conveniently located to everything Perth has to offer both business and leisure guests. Many of...
  • Providing the sun's out and the weathers fair, you'll find Sup Central WA set up at Matilda Bay Reserve, Crawley, ready to roll on weekends, public...
  • An East Perth neighbourhood restaurant with fantastic views, offering familiar favourites with warm and welcoming service. Located at the front of...
  • Experience a different side to Perth and be greeted by breathtaking panoramic river views and the Perth’s city skyline. DoubleTree by Hilton Perth...
  • About Bike Hire is now situated at a brand-new purpose built facility on the Swan River foreshore. They have been providing high-quality bikes, kayaks...
  • Go! Running Tours Perth are an awesome way to discover the capital city of Australia’s biggest state. Join your local running guide to find out about...

Swan River Trails

Swan River Cycle Trails

Experience the beauty of Perth City and the Swan River on a cycle trail. Perth City is situated on the banks of the Swan River and dual-use paths make it possible to walk and cycle a circuit around the river.

Swan River and Black Swans, Perth City

Swan River Drive Trail

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the leafy and extremely pretty river suburbs of Matilda Bay, Dalkeith, Claremont, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park and right around the river to South Perth.

Fishing on the Swan River

The Swan and Canning Rivers are bursting with idyllic fishing locations, with species including mulloway, black bream, flathead and sand whiting as well as crabs, prawns and mussels!
Leeuwin Boat Ramp, East Fremantle

North and East Fremantle

Harvest Road, North Fremantle is a good spot for tailor, flounder, cobbler, and the occasional mulloway. The Leeuwin Boat Ramp, East Fremantle is surrounded by large expanses of sand flats covered by varying depths of water and anglers wading the shallows catch flathead and flounder, particularly early morning in summer when the tide is changing.

Fishing, Swan River

Narrows Bridge

Mulloway, cobbler and tailor can be caught from the shore on the city side of Narrows Bridge. On the South Perth side, there is a small beach providing a popular spot for families to fish. Just east of the bridge large catches of cobbler can be made and black bream can be found in winter near the pylons.

Bicton, Perth

Point Walter

The long sand spit and jetty at Point Walter allow anglers access to some of the best fishing on the river. Families can picnic on the adjacent lawns and barbecue their catches of tailor, cobbler, black bream, mulloway, flathead, flounder, prawns and crabs. Bicton Jetty is a junior fishing spot producing tailor, flathead and mulloway.

Mosman Bay Park, Perth

Mosman and Claremont Jetties

Mosman Jetty, downstream from the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, is a quiet spot with deep water which produces good mulloway during early summer - a good location for junior anglers. Claremont Jetty is popular for anglers seeking black bream, cobbler, tailor and mulloway. Prawns and crabs can be scooped or trawled from the beaches either side of the jetty.

Explore Perth City

Step out of the CBD and discover Perth's fringing neighbourhoods.

Plan Your Trip to Perth

Start planning your visit by finding out what to do in Perth during the day and night. See all accommodation, tours, attractions, activities, food and drink and retail in Perth.

Pool, Crown Towers Perth

Accommodation in Perth

You'll find a diverse range of accommodation to suit all budgets and styles all across Perth from five-star resorts to caravan parks.

Rottnest Express Eco Tour, Rottnest Island

Tours in Perth

Tours around Perth and surrounds take you to some of the most exciting and interesting holiday spots from hot air ballooning in the Avon Valley to cruising the Swan River.

Perth's Outback Splash, Maze

Attractions in Perth

There's plenty of attractions to choose from in Perth and surrounds, with fun-filled activities for all ages.

Public House, Perth City

Food and Drink in Perth

Whether its dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or sampling local wines, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.

Aspects of Kings Park, Perth City

Retail in Perth

Perth offers a host of shopping options to choose from - stock up on the latest fashions, buy unique art or head to a local market.

Apollo Motorhome Holidays

Hire in Perth

Looking to explore Perth on your own? There are plenty of hire options available from cars and motorhomes to bikes and kayaks.

Autumn in Perth

You don't have to wander far to find wide open spaces, awe-inspiring scenery, and a world of autumnal adventure in the Perth region.