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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book a cruise and enjoy the views of the Swan River.
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.