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Beauty of the Swan River

Home > Perth > Animals and Wildlife | Family | Parks | Playgrounds
Published December 2nd 2015
Visit the Swan River, cast a line and you will be hooked
Guildford boat ramp is one of a few, alongside the Swan River where you can launch your boat. It also provides ample free parking.

Guildford, boat ramp, free, car parking, Swan River, Perth, WA,
Free car parking at Guildford boat ramp.

Be careful with your footing in the water, as there are a few rocks around the ramp. Your feet will be thankful of some closed in shoes. It's also a suitable place to drop your kayak/paddleboard in the river.

Guildford, boat ramp, Swan River, boat, water, Perth, WA, launch, retrieve
Launching boat at Guildford boat ramp.


From Guildford you can continue upstream towards Midland or you can head downstream towards the city. Idling at 5 knots downstream we passed many fishing enthusiasts along the river bank. Unfortunately we caught no fish, a thumb down for us. Bream is usually popular when they're biting. Please click here if you want to know where the best fishing spots are.

If you're lucky enough like us, you might see some dolphins splashing around.

Swan River, Perth, WA, dolphin, water, calf,
Dolphin and it's calf enjoying a swim.
If you're a bird lover, then pack some binoculars, it's a great place to see all types of wildlife including the pelicans.

Swan River, Perth, WA, pelican, bird, jetty, water,
Pelicans waiting for the perfect time to feed.


We stopped at Bayswater Rowing and Paddlesports Club, a 45 minute boat ride from Guildford. You can find public toilets here, barbecues, picnic shelters, and a small play area suitable for younger children. It included a pelican slide, see-saw, and a swing. It appeared to be a popular meeting place for families and friends.

Bayswater, rowing club, Swan River, water, Perth, WA, barbecues, play area, picnic shelters, toilets,
An ideal place to chill out.


Continuing along towards the City, the river opens up to a popular water-ski area located at Maylands. Paying extra attention to the water is crucial in this area; look out for water skiers who are in the water, preparing to be pulled along by their boats. You can go faster than your idling speed of 5 knots in this area.

We chose to moor our boat and picnic alongside the river bank at Claisebrook Cove, it was beautiful, especially Victoria Gardens, so tranquil and peaceful.

Claisebrook, cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, moor, boat, victoria gardens,
Time to give the boat a rest, and refuel.
If you want to spend some dollars you could moor up here, and dine/drink at one of the cafes or restaurants, please note it was very busy at the weekend.

Perth, Swan River, WA, Claisebrook, cove, Victoria Gardens, cafes, restaurants, boat, inlet, moor
A beautiful setting to have a coffee overlooking the inlet.


Don't be disappointed if you don't have a boat. There are options to access the Swan River. Book a Captain Cook Cruise, sit back, relax, sip on a glass of wine and enjoy the surroundings. If you're feeling more energetic hire a kayak and cruise around at your own leisure.

Captain cook cruise, Swan River, Perth, WA, water, relaxing, boat
Book a cruise and enjoy the views of the Swan River.


Swan River, Perth, WA, kayak, City, hire, views, water
Explore the river with a kayak and admire the stunning views around you.
You could select a location alongside the river and use your own transport. Public transport is also an option. Perth City provides free catbuses which take you to the North, East, South, West of Perth.
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Why? To hook a fish, observe the wildlife, enjoy the peace and quiet and you will be hooked forever.
When: Anytime
Where: Swan River, Perth, WA
Cost: Costs will incur if you need to hire a boat/kayak, or book a cruise.
Your Comment
once again very interesting Zoe and a place that looks well worth a visit. After visiting Shore Haven I think you could be my tour guide.
by suejl (score: 1|10) 1459 days ago
Hi Zoe once again doing a very good job keep it up June and Walter xxx
by jwfle (score: 0|2) 1457 days ago
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