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Published March 14th 2020
The newest thing to do in Perth
When it comes to things to do in Perth, the list can seem never-ending. But now there's an exciting new experience you need to add to your Perth bucket list – riding a bike on the Swan River.
Perth Waterbike Adventures has just launched at Matilda Bay on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. Owner Vicky Forbes has been hard at work for the last few months to bring this unique attraction to our city.
Having been involved in the tourism industry for years and an avid water lover, it seems that she found her perfect match when she discovered waterbikes.
I was a little nervous hopping on the waterbike. I'm not a huge fan of cycling on land, and wasn't sure what it would be like on water.
Once I was on, it was so easy! You really didn't have to put in much effort to start moving and keep going.
There are two versions of the bikes – a standard bicycle seat option and a reclining bike option. The recliner was my favourite but even the standard bike was easy enough to ride (just not as handy for taking photos).
We cycled around the boat ramp area until we got our sea legs and then took a leisurely cycle down to the Crawley Boat Shed and back. The views across the city are just spectacular and great to take in from the water.
There are 2 options currently for sessions with Perth Waterbike adventures. Waterbike Hire
You can hire a waterbike for 30 minutes and take yourself on an adventure around Matilda Bay.
Hire times are available between 11:30 and 14:30 Wednesday to Sunday.
It's $35 per person and self-guided within the boundary for the waterbikes.
Alternatively, you can book a one-hour guided waterbike tour along the Swan River with Vicky as your trusty guide. As there are currently 5 waterbikes, tours are for a maximum of 4 people.
The tour launches at Matilda Bay and then takes you on a chilled out cycle down to Pelican Point Marine Reserve, where you could see dolphins and a host of other bird and marine life. On the way back, you'll cycle down to the famous Blue Boat House for the perfect photo opportunity before returning to Matilda Bay.
Tours depart Wednesday to Sunday at 10:00 and 15:30.
The cost for these guided waterbike tours is $250 for a group of 4.
If you want to try out this awesome new Perth experience, now's the time to book! Vicky is running an opening special until 21 March 2020, where all bookings are 25% off.
This includes vouchers which are valid for 6 months – so you can book now and ride later.
• Minimum height is 120 cm (10 years and up)
• Each waterbike holds one rider, maximum weight of 120kg
• Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
• Life jackets must be worn by all participants
• Tours: A minimum and maximum of four participants is required to ensure departure
• Participants to sign indemnity prior to departure
• Bikes have a small drybag for your keys, phone, etc.