Action on the water

Perth provides an abundance of things to experience and do on its sparkling rivers, canals and beaches. Whether it's learning to surf in the stunning, blue Indian Ocean, diving around a shipwreck or a leisurely wine cruise on the scenic Swan River – taking to the water is an absolute must-do.

The options are endless and you will be amazed at the possibilities of how you can experience  Perth’s amazing waterways.

Take to the water with the comfort of having someone else as the captain or explore Perth’s aqua wonderland at your own leisurely pace. Check out our awesome list of adventures below.

Jump aboard

  • Cruising

    See the Swan River from the comfort of a cruise vessel. Take a scenic lunch tour, head to historic Fremantle or taste your way to the Swan Valley wine region. Only one hour south of Perth, sit back and relax with a dolphin cruise in Mandurah with million dollar views, marine life and pods of playful dolphins surfing in the waves. If it is a cruise holiday you are after then you have come to the right place - Fremantle has dozens of passenger liners departing each season from October to April.

  • Whale watching

    And if that isn’t enough for all you water lovers up to 35,000 humpback whales swim majestically along the Perth coast between September and December. Tours operate out of Fremantle, Perth, Rottnest Island and Hillary’s.

  • Sailing

    If it is comfort and style that you desire, take a trip on a luxury yacht or sea vessel with the fresh air in your lungs, glass of sparkling in hand and the warm Western Australia sun and blue skies creating an experience to remember. Sailing tours depart daily in season from Fremantle and Rottnest Island.

  • Jet boating

    Fremantle, Hillary's and Perth look extraordinary by foot, bike, cruise or bus – how about getting a different perspective tearing around them on a jet boat experiencing high speeds and G-Forces?

Take a paddle

  • Paddle craft

    Take a sea kayak and paddle around Seal Island discovering Perth’s amazing marine life. Stand up paddle boards can be hired in Rockingham, Mandurah and Rottnest Island – it’s the latest water craze taking Australia by storm. The estuaries around Mandurah and the Swan River in Perth are perfect for a kayak adventure. During the winter months white water rafting operates in upper areas of the Swan Valley and Dwellingup.

  • Surfing

    Hit the beach and go for a surfing lesson at Scarborough or Trigg Beach on the Sunset Coast. Pack the surfboards into the car and head north to Lancelin or south to Mandurah. The Perth coast gets pretty windy in the later afternoons (we call it the ‘Fremantle Doctor’) too so windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons are also popular. Find out more

  • Skiing Perth-style

    It doesn't snow in Perth but we offer skiing of a different kind. Why not take things into your own hands and hire a jet ski or give water skiing a try? All this and more awaits in Perth City and the Mandurah region.

Under the sea

  • Wrecks and diving sites

    Explore Perth underwater at popular dive sites off the coast of Rottnest Island, Rockingham and Hillary's Boat Harbour. You will find a stack of limestone ledges, caves and swim throughs plus a diversity of marine life, including hard and soft corals. There are numerous rusty old shipwrecks from days gone by and even a couple of planes for divers to explore. Find out more

  • The Aquarium of Western Australia

    Explore 12,000 kilometres of Western Australia's coastline in just one day at AQWA - The Aquarium of Western Australia. AQWA is divided into 5 themed areas that represent distinct regions along WA's coastline. Snorkelers or qualified SCUBA divers can join AQWA's dive master and take the plunge into AQWA's 3 million litre Shipwreck Coast and be surrounded by giant sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of stunning fish. From October-April, you can discover diving by stepping into the colourful world of a living coral reef with the reefwalker adventure!

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