Paddle your way to happiness

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

A kayak will give you a new appreciation for Perth's rivers.

Kayaking can give you a completely new perspective of this city.

About Bike Hire launches its kayaks from its East Perth premises at Point Fraser Reserve. Hire costs $16 for an hour and up to $45 for four hours.

Across the water in South Perth, Funcats has single and double kayaks for hire ($20 an hour for single, $30 for a double), as well as catamarans and stand-up paddleboards.

Rivergods provides kayak tours, training, canoe and kayak hire, classes and team events. It has a Swan River Half Day Tour in open double kayaks starting at Garratt Road Bridge, along the Baigup Wetlands and Tranby Reserve to the city, for $85 per adult. 

To combine lunch, wine- tasting and paddling, opt for Rivergods’ one-day Wine Cruise by Canoe, taking in the Swan Valley. It’s $105 per person for a minimum booking of 10 people.

Water Wanderers’ guided kayak tours paddle the Swan River from the tranquil Ascot Waters to historic Guildford with the time of day, from sunrise to sunset, offering different experiences. They cost from $50.

For the more experienced paddler, Water Wanderers also offers self-guided tours ($160 for two paddlers) with route options including Ascot Waters to Bayswater (6.6km) and Guildford to the Swan Valley (8km). 

If you are looking for a club, there are plenty dotted up and down the banks of the Swan River. Find a club at

Picture: Water Wanderers.


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