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Swan River

The Swan River, traditionally named Derbarl Yerrigan Bilya in Nyoongar language, is the river that runs through the metropolitan area of Perth.

The Swan River, or Derbarl Yerrigan Bilya, as it’s known in Nyoongar language, has been the main conduit between the Inland Plains and the Indian Ocean for centuries, and holds a special significance for many cultures.

Dual-use paths make it possible to walk, ride or skate a circuit around the river or take a tour on a Segway. There are also many grassy areas to have a picnic, enjoy a sunset and watch the city come alive with light.

For water sports enthusiasts sailing, windsurfing and kayaking are popular choices in Perth, with hire facilities located along the foreshore. The 'bridges' walk around the river (crossing at Narrows Bridge and the Causeway) will take you approximately 2.5 hours.

The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river cruises to Fremantle, Swan Valley and Rottnest Island, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoxo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar.

Sources: Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, Destination Perth

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