Even though these are short cruises, you will meander along this River, where you will see and learn things about the area.
2. SWAN RIVER, PERTH TO SWAN VALLEY This is one that I would imagine most people living in Perth have done at one time or another. It is a delightful short cruise which goes along from the city skyline and along tree-lined river banks, passing homes and bays.
You can also do wine cruises combined with a Swan Valley tour of Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, as well as lunch cruise. These can go up to 7 hours.
Spanning some 820 kms, there are also shorter cruises you can do in this spectacular area, and you can find out more at this link.
4. SWAN RIVER PERTH TO FREMANTLE
This is another short cruise that I would imagine most Perth people have taken. It is a delightful cruise, taking in firstly, the city skyline, and meandering along the Swan, passing luxury houses and taking in many views.
You can take a lunch cruise and watch the ever-changing scenery which is well worth seeing. Some of these sights include the cliff faces of Black Wall Reach, the famous Point Walter "Spit" (as the locals call it) and Perth's iconic "Blue Boat House", the Crawley Edge Boatshed.
5. MURRAY RIVER
This is another river that is not far from Perth, being located near Mandurah.
Here you can also hire houseboats and explore the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary. Or you can take a lunchtime cruise and this is a leisurely trip down a sleepy river! You will often see dolphins on this cruise, and if you are lucky, they will follow the boat along.
Many of these sights you can only see from the water as they are only accessible by boat. There is also a diverse ecosystem that is only accessible by boat and on this cruise, you will pass the lush Jarrah and Karri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean.
7. BLACKWOOD RIVER
Blackwood River is near Augusta and this is where you can hire houseboats. Here you could cruise through the Hardy Inlet, past Molloy Island and see about 20 km of unspoilt national park.
Doing it this way, you can also take your fishing gear and hope to catch dinner!
8. KALGAN RIVER
This river has some spectacular coastline and is in the Albany region. You will see a vast array of water and land wildlife as well as lush river scenery. You will also hear about the early settler's history of Aboriginals in this area.
9. ORD RIVER
The Ord River is of course, much further from Perth, however, this whole area is well worth exploring. The Kimberleys are a delightful place to visit with contrasting colours, red soil and on a cruise of the Ord, you will get to see the region's wildlife and some of the natural wonders that form this area, including the magnificent gorges.
A great cruise to take is the sunset one which is stunning, and a sight you will not easily forget.
10. KING GEORGE RIVER
This river is once again in the Kimberley region and a very worthwhile spot to visit. From your cruise, you will see the famous King George Falls, which are Western Australia's highest twin waterfalls. Here, the waterfalls a massive 80 metres down the cliff and a "must see" when in this area.
Although some of these cruises last just a few hours, most of them have spectacular views, and if you want a relaxing day, or just a relaxing few hours where your problems will just wash away, make sure you go on some of these cruises!
Mandurah Cruises are doing a spectacular job of promoting the beautiful Mandurah estuary with lots of different cruises. I went on the Friday night Floating Bar Cruise last week. Absolutely brilliant! $5 to get on, buy yourself a drink and watch the sun set. There were some Canadian tourists on board who could not believe what they were getting for the 'price of a cup of coffee in WA'.