Swan River

Swan River! Check out the best locations for playgrounds, cafes, picnic and swimming spots - on our Swan River foreshore!

Top Swan River Spots for a Play, Cafe or Swim

The Swan River has some great swimming and picnic locations, that make a great alternative to a day at the beach on a hot summer’s day. The Swan River offers many different locations to enjoy a swim, play or bite to eat with beautiful cafes, playgrounds and picnic spots located right on the shady Swan River foreshore and magnificent swimming spots with calm waters perfect for young children.

So next hot summers give the our beautiful Swan River a go and enjoy a day out at one of these fun and Swan River locations. Find our favourite Swan River foreshores cafe, playground, picnic and swimming spots here.

Bicton Baths


Bicton Baths is our favourite Swan River swimming and picnic spot.  The kids love jumping off the jetty and exploring the crystal clear water for shells and starfish.  There is a playground and BBQs at the top of the hill and lots of shady grassed area to picnic for the day. Read more…

Matilda Bay Crawley


Matilda Bay is beautiful spot for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding or lazing around on a big inflatable.  Kids will love jumping off the pontoon and the Matilda Bay Tea Rooms are located right near the pontoons – or you can enjoy a picnic or BBQ on the shady foreshore right near the waters edge. Read more…

Keane’s Point Peppermint Grove


If you are looking for a nice place for the kids to play alongside the Swan River, Keane’s Point Peppermint Grove is perfect.  It has lots of natural and man made shade over the playground, and there are some great swimming spots here too.  Bring along a picnic or BBQ or grab something from the Freshwaters Cafe just across the carpark. Read more…

Swan Canning River Park Como


If you love a bit of adventure this is a good spot to take a little picnic and enjoy some time splashing around in the water.  A bit difficult to access, you’ll need to park in Como and walk over the bridge.  The bridge has ramp access so kids might like riding their little bikes or scooters across.  You will find some lovely decks for enjoying a picnic or a full picnic shelter if you want some shade. No so great for swimming or wading on a low tide however. Read more…

Lucky Bay Applecross


Lucky Bay is known for it’s shallow, sandy foreshore perfect for swimming, kayaking, canoeing or standup paddle boarding. There is a great fenced playground on the foreshore, trees to climb and lots of natural shade to enjoy a picnic or bbq. Read more…

Point Walter Bicton


Point Walter is one of Perth’s most popular Swan River foreshore spots. It pretty much has it all with great swimming, beautiful white sandy beach, large sand bank great for a nice walk, kiosk & cafe, playground and lots of parking, if you haven’t checked it out yet put it top of the list! www.waltersrivercafe.com.au

Deep Water Point Mount Pleasant


Stunning city views from this beautifully shaded park right on the Swan River foreshore. Complete with Dome cafe, lots of shady picnic areas, two playground areas and beautiful swimming beach area. You can easily play the day away here. Read more…

John Tonkin Park East Fremantle


Amazing spot with lots of shade, great playground, beautiful beach and riverside walk or ride path.  Have a bbq or enjoy breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake at Zephyr Cafe & Kiosk! Read more…

Mrs Herbers Park Claremont


Beautiful spot with shady grassed area right up to the river foreshore, with lovely clear water and beach for swimming. Toilets and BBQ too makes this a stunning Swan River picnic spot.? Read more…

Sir James Mitchell Park South Perth


Beautiful location with 180 degree views of the Swan River, city and Kings Park. Great playground, with BBQs and toilets nearby.  The Boatshed Cafe & Restaurant is nearby and features an enclosed cubby play area at the back of the cafe. There is also a lovely swimming spot in front of the cafe. Read more…

Chidely Point Reserve Mosman Park


This is the perfect spot to relax, swim, picnic and bbq right along the Swan River foreshore.  Stunning river views from the top of the reserve, and the water is so crystal clear you will feel like you are at the beach. Read more…

Claremont Jetty


This is a nice spot for a getting back to nature experience. Perfect for fishing with the kids, splashing in the river or enjoy a walk along the river. Read more…

Garrat Road Bridge


Small playground under the Garratt Road Bridge close to the river foreshore, this is also a popular spot for fishing. Read more…

Bayswater Riverside Gardens


Fully fenced playground alongside the Swan River at the beautiful Baywater Riverside Gardens. Read more…

Point Resolution Reserve Dalkeith


Small nature based playground overlooking the Swan River with and close access to the Karda Bidi Trail and river’s edge. Read more….

Banks Reserve Mount Lawley


Beautiful fully fenced playground and shady picnic spot alongside the Swan River. Read more…

We make every effort to ensure all this information is up to date but should be used as a guide only. Events do get cancelled or changed and venues can close without notice. Always follow the links provided for up to date information on an event or activity. If you know of a change or cancellation we’ve missed then please contact us to let us know.

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