We were looking for something fun to do recently on the first dry day for weeks. We found ourselves in the city and meandering around Elizabeth Quay. It was a perfect winter's day with lots of people out enjoying the sun and warmth after a few weeks of persistent rain.
We were approached by a man who worked for Wild West Charters and asked if we would like to do a 20 minute speedboat cruise around the area. We had done the speedboat ride in Freo and got soaking wet and didn't fancy getting wet today, it wasn't that warm, and told him so.
He explained this was a fast, smooth and above all, a dry ride. We um'd and ahh'd a bit and he eventually offered us a deal of half price so we could try it out. We jumped at the chance.
The skipper then opened the throttle and turned right towards Kings Park. We were speeding along making us all laugh and scream with elation. The skipper took a few tight turns and found the wake of other boats to give us more thrills.
The cruise took us under the Narrows Bridge (which is where the freeway crosses the Swan River) and along the full length of the southern end of Kings Park. We got sunning river views of the whole area before arriving in Matilda Bay. The skipper explained some of the local wildlife that we see here and also pointed out an Osprey's nest high up in a pine tree. The Osprey was in the nest and apparently so were two chicks.
Image courtesy of Wild West Charters Facebook page
We set off again and promptly arrived at Pelican Point which is an 'A' class marine reserve. The point is named after all the pelicans that rest on the sand bars at the end of the point. We were lucky to see some black swans as well as the pelicans and some cruises see dolphins, but we unfortunately never.
On our way back to Elizabeth Quay, more thrills were to be had with more tight speed turns and waves. The views of the city were very special and on our return, some of the children shouted 'more, we want more!' It is totally suitable for all ages with all children supplied with mandatory life jackets.
If you have visitors staying or just want a day out, this should be on your list of things to do. The staff are so friendly and will make sure you have a good time. We stayed completely dry as the skipper promised but had wet cheeks from our tears of laughter. An experience well worthy of your time and money.