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

Community Rivercare Program Funding

Round 4 of the Community Rivercare Program Funding application has closed. Visit dpaw.wa.gov.au/rivercare for more information.

Swan Canning Riverpark Visitor Satisfaction Survey Report 2019-20

A visitor survey was undertaken of the Swan Canning Riverpark, where user expectations were surveyed. The level of satisfaction of key Riverpark features, patterns of use, and areas for improvement in the Riverpark and surrounding foreshores were tested. The survey was completed in December 2019 with 234 respondents interviewed. The average satisfaction was scored at 90.9%. Findings of the report will help the department and foreshore land managers to target management actions that can improve community enjoyment of the Riverpark.
  • 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 draft 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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