Leaving from Maylands, you can either head towards the city or in the opposite direction for more tranquil surrounds. Upon arrival at the boat ramp in Maylands, Yvonne, who owns Nauti Picnics, gave my husband and I (and two black swans who had glided up) a quick introduction to the boat.
It's an electric boat and because of the small size of its engine, you don't need to have a skippers ticket to take it out. After going through the basic rules of boating and how to operate the boat, we were off.
Boat hire is for either three or six hours, so if you want to be on the boat for longer, you could either do a round trip both ways or just take your time one way.
The day we went out was a little windier than usual, so we weren't able to put up the sunshade, but we didn't really need it anyway.
Thanks to a handy map that comes in the boat, we were able to keep track of where we were along the river. We watched birds dance across the water as we went down past Maylands Golf Course and the Belmont Racecourse before we started to get a glimpse of Optus Stadium.
Given the boat's small engine, it doesn't travel super fast but there's no rush, three hours is enough time to travel all the way to Elizabeth Quay near the city's CBD and back to Maylands.
Further along, the river is Matagarup Bridge as well as Claisebrook Cove where you can choose to have a short stop.
Being on a boat inside the quay itself provides a different perspective of a such a well-known part of Perth as you look up to the Perth skyline and across to Spanda (the sculpture Perth people better know as the paper clip).