Welcome to the Swan Canning Riverpark

Wildlife
Photo - Matt Kleczkowski

The Swan Canning Riverpark and the iconic rivers at its heart are the centrepiece of Perth.

Blessed with diverse and resilient ecosystems, the Swan and Canning rivers are a recreational playground and a source of vibrant commercial and tourism activity.

The rivers’ sheltered bays and waters offer safe places for families to swim. More than 40 parks and reserves line the banks, and the rivers hum with aquatic activity and people enjoying a multitude of water sports.

The Riverpark is home to a diverse fish community, with more than 130 species recorded and a resident population of 19 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and their calves. Seahorses coexist with anemones, seagrass, prawns and crabs. Around the rivers more than 80 bird species including cockatoos, ospreys and swans have been recorded. Small mammals like water-rats, brush-tail possums, short-nose bandicoots, quenda, snakes, lizards and an array of spiders and insects also inhabit the foreshores and Swan Canning Catchment.

The waterway has a connection to the Whadjuk people spanning 40,000 years and this vibrant culture continues to shape and influence the lives of Western Australians.

Parks and Wildlife works with other state government agencies, local government, industry and the community to manage and protect the Riverpark, ensuring it remains a healthy, thriving ecosystem and a popular destination for Perth’s residents and visitors.

Watersports in the Riverpark
Watersports are a great way to cool off during the balmy Perth summer. Photo - Chelsea Bates

2022-23 Riverbank Funding Recipients Announced

The Minister for Environment has announced the successful 2022-23 Riverbank Funding Recipients. See the Minister’s media statement and a full list of successful funding recipients here. Visit the Riverbank Funding page for more information.

Swan Canning Riverpark Visitor Satisfaction Survey Report 2020-2021

The Swan Canning Riverpark is a popular recreational location for Perth residents and visitors. During December of 2021, a survey was conducted to measure visitor satisfaction, asking visitors and users of the Riverpark to provide feedback on their experiences, and which key features of the Riverpark they considered important. The survey was conducted at 25 different river foreshore parks across Perth, with 250 respondents giving an average satisfaction score of 82.2%. The department and foreshore land managers can use the findings of this survey to develop management actions to continue to improve community enjoyment of the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Marli Riverpark: An Interpretation Plan

In 2013, the Swan River Trust commissioned the National Trust of Australia (WA) to prepare an Interpretation Plan for the Swan and Canning Riverpark. In collaboration with an appointed Noongar Advisory Panel, the intent of this plan was to make the cultural heritage values (natural, Aboriginal, and historic/built) of the Derbarl Yerrigan and Djarlgarro Beelier (the Swan and Canning Rivers), accessible to residents and visitors.

  • Swan Canning Riverpark

    Swan Canning Riverpark

    The Swan and Canning rivers are truly the heart of Perth, ensuring it is one of the world’s most beautiful cities

    Explore the Riverpark

  • River protection strategy community update 2016

    River Protection Strategy Community Update 2016

    This update will tell the public how the department is tracking with managing the Riverpark and the web of ecological pressures impacting it.

    pdfDownload the 2016 River Protection Strategy Community Update8.54 MB

  • Microalgae map

    Microalgae activity report

    The Microalgae Activity Report shows the level of microalgae activity at 20 sites throughout the Swan Canning Riverpark.

    View this week's Microalgae report

  • River Guardians

    River Guardians

    River Guardians are friends of the Swan and Canning rivers. They keep the rivers healthy and enjoy great member benefits.

    Visit River Guardians

  • Perth Water Precinct Plan

    Perth Water Buneenboro Locality Plan

    Western Australians are being encouraged to give their feedback and ideas on how the Swan River can be better utilised between the Narrows and Windan Bridges. The Perth Water Buneenboro Locality Plan will help guide future management and improvement of the precinct, its foreshores and development interface.

    Find out more about the plan

  • commercial seaplane operation

    Commercial seaplane operation

    Swan River Seaplanes has been selected through a competitive process to continue to operate in Perth Water.

    Find out more

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