The suburbs located along the northern banks of the Swan River, house some of the most exclusive properties in Australia.

With price tags reaching phenomenal highs check out how the other half live as you 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.

Start your journey from the Perth City by following the curve of the Swan River to the University of Western Australia and picturesque Matilda Bay. The blue expanse of the river dotted with splashes of colour from the sails of the yachts make this a truly special view.  Have a coffee or breakfast at Matilda Bay Tea Rooms, right on the river's edge.

Wind your way through Nedlands following the river, up past Dalkeith and along the famous 1980's 'Millionaire Row' Jutland Parade. Stop at the end of Jutland Parade where you will experience stunning views from Point Resolution Reserve. Next drive past amazing homes to the exclusive suburb of Claremont for a spot of shopping at the Claremont Quarter.

Continue along the river pass Peppermint Grove, a gorgeous area with great river views, extensive grassed areas and overhanding Peppermint trees. The houses here are truly amazing, with a diverse range of architectural styles. Journey up the hill to Mosman Park; be sure to stop at the lookout on Bay View Terrace for sweeping views and enjoy a beautiful lunch overlooking the Swan River at Mosmans Restaurant.

After lunch, return to Stirling Highway, heading south towards Fremantle. Cross the bridge over the Swan River and travel back along the river towards the city along Canning Highway towards Applecross. For more stunning views of the Swan River and City, detour off Canning Highway to Point Walter Reserve, Alfred Cove Nature Reserve or Point Heathcote Reserve.

Continue on and join up to the Freeway heading north and take the left exit at Mill Point Road. Stop off at Mends Street South Perth for a relaxing late afternoon drink or dinner at one of the café’s overlooking the City skyline. Return to Perth along the Kwinana Freeway and over the Narrows Bridge.

Perth Drive Trails, Swan Valley

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