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Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Whether you walk or bike beside it to reach Elizabeth Quay or float along on a boat to the port city of Fremantle, some time spent in or around Swan River is a must. Featuring both footpaths and cycle ways, as well as numerous river cruises from companies like Captain Cook Cruises, Swan River is a picturesque way to view the city and reach its numerous things to do. Visitors can also rent paddleboards from Funcats, kayaks from Rivergods and bikes from About Bike Hire for use in and around Swan River. 

Travelers offer varying reviews on the best way to experience the Swan River. Some recommend a morning walk before the midday heat sets in, while others suggest a river cruise to Fremantle. Some call the experience of watching the sun set and the stars emerge as "magical." Visitors can enjoy the Swan River around the clock, though the businesses that provide rental equipment have set hours. 

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