The Swan River is Perth's largest river and main geographical focal point of Perth. The Swan River is feed by the Avon and Canning rivers. Most Swan River cruise embarkation locations are at Barrack Street Jetty. Cruise past Kings Park and at Port Fremantle where some Swan River cruises enter the Indian Ocean to head out to Rottnest Island, Cockburn Sound and Garden Island. Most Swan River wine cruises depart from the Barrack Street Jetty near Elizebeth Quay and the Swan Belltower. They the meander north east to vineyards for wine tasting in the Swan Valley.
The cheapest Swan River cruise to Perth is by catching the public transport ferry from the dock at South Perth. Smooth catamaran ferrys such as the Phillip Pendal, in the photo at the top of this webpage,cruse the Swan River frequently. 1 zone ferry price is $2.48 using the discounted Smart Rider card. Even more with eliagle consessions such as free for pensioners with the Seniors Card after 9am.
King's Park near the Swan River is a good vantage point to see "Perth Waters" bounded by Swan River banks near the Perth CBD to South Perth. Sailing is an enjoyable way to see Perth from the Swan River. For brief, cheap, Swan River Cruises, use your all day bus ticket from "Trans Perth" to cross the Swan River from Barrack Street Jetty to South Perth. Visit the South Perth Zoo which is 10 minutes walk from the Swan River. Peak hour commuters use Swan River ferries to cruise home fast to distant ports of the Swan River without stress of traffic jams. Functions held on Swan River cruises include Perth weddings, birthday parties, Christmas parties, hen's night, wine tastings, business meetings, family reunions etc. The Swan River is broad at "Perth Waters" but I remember before the Narrows bridge / Mitchell Freeway ramps were built, the Swan River edged right up to Mounts Bay Road. A number of Swan River charter boats take group bookings for Swan River cruises. Others boats have scheduled Swan River cruises.
The photo below is of the Duyfkin sail cruising the Swan River from Fremantle to Perth.
The Swan River was named after the many black swans by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1696 ninety years after the Dutch discovered Australia.
French explorer: Nicholas Baudin was sailing on the Swan River 100 years before Federation of Australia.
An enjoyable way to take photos of the Swan River is from cycling paths round the Swan River. Jon and I ride:
Short cycle ride: Perth Waters: Windan Bridge / Causeway bridges
Medium cycle ride of Canning River: Canning Bridge / Mt Henry Bridge
Long cycle ride of about 40km: Narrows Bridge / Fremantle Bridge / Canning Bridge
Swan River cruise view, East Perth on a wine cruise to the Swan Valley
Just type "river" into search box at the Perth Photo Gallery
for more photos of the Swan River.
Swan River Cruise by Yacht
Swan River night party cruise photo of "Perth Waters"