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Swa River

Swan River

Perth CBD is only a short bus trip from Durham lodge. Visit the Perth Tourist Centre located in Forrest Chase for things to do and see in our wonderful city. 

Swan River is truly the heart of Perth ensuring it is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a wealth of activities waiting to be discovered which include:

– taking in the views of the river from Kings Park while enjoying a picnic

– enjoying a walk along the Swan River foreshore

– cycling along one of the many cycle routes

Bell Tower

Bell Tower

– hiring a surf cat or kayak

– enjoying a river cruise

– stop for lunch at one of the many eateries along the way

– www.funcats.com.au (surf cat)

– www.waterwanderers.com.au (kayaks)

Bell Tower located on Riverside Drive overlooking the picturesque Swan River is one of Perth’s most unique and must see tourist attractions.

Kings Park

View from Kings Park

Kings Park only 15 minutes via car or take the bus. Kings Park is a 4.06-square-kilometre (1,003-acre) park located on the western edge of the central business district. The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland. Panoramic views of the Swan River. Kings Park is home to over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River. A visit at night is a must.

Perth Zoo is a 41-acre (17 ha) zoo that opened in 1898 in South Perth, Western Australia. As of January 2011, it is home to 1258 animals of 164 species and includes an extensive botanical collection. Perth Zoo only 10 minutes by car or catch the ferry from Barrack Street Jetty. 

Fremantle is a major Australian port city located at the mouth of the Swan River.  Fremantle offers an abundance of places to visit with a multitude of restaurants and pubs this is a must see and do destination. a 30 minute car trip  from the Lodge accessible by train and buses. 



Crown Casino only 5 minutes away by car have a gamble, eat, drink, take in a show and dance the night away. 

Swan Valley has an array of things to see and do and is only 20 minutes from the Lodge. Have a sumptuous meal at one of the many restaurants, or visit the wineries and boutique breweries. Tempt your taste buds at the chocolate factory or sit back and relax on one of the many tours on offer.  Why not take a cruise along the Swan River to the Swan Valley.

Perth Mint played a central role in the development of Western Australia’s gold industry. During the 19th century, three branches of the Royal Mint of London were established in the Australian colonies to refine gold from the gold rushes and to mint gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns for the British Empire


Cottesloe Beach

Perth Beaches West Australian beaches are among the most beautiful in the world easily accessible from the Lodge by car bus or train.

– Cottesloe Beach is Perth’s most iconic beach an ideal spot for swim, surf, snorkel; picnic, sunset drinks or fish and chips by the sea.

– Scarborough Beach a firm favourite for surfing

– City Beach is ideal for beach fishing and body boarding.


Other places you may consider by the ocean 

Parakeet Bay in Rottnest

Parakeet Bay at Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island (Rotto as known by the locals) is an island of the coast of Western Australia located 18 Kilometres west of Fremantle. With a population of around 100 people this is an ideal place to visit. Rottenest Island is known for one of Western Australia’s most iconic annual  events The Rottnest Channel Swim  which engages the West Australian public and ocean swimmers worldwide.

A few of the many things to enjoy on Rotto:                                                       

– Guided walking tours of the Island                                                                                                

– Hire a bike and snorkel gear                                                                                          

– Swim and relax with a choice of 63 beaches and 20 bays to choose from


Penguin Island

– Learn the history at the Rottnest Island Museum, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boat house Vincent Way and Salt Shore.

– Encounter a variety of wildlife including quokkas dolphins and birds

– Ride the Captain Hussey train to view the maze of tunnels beneath the WW11 gun emplacement on Oliver Hill

Hillary’s Boat Harbour    

Rockingham to Swim with the Dolphins who regularly visit these coral waters or meet some of the 1000’s of fairy penguins at Penguin Island.


Links that will help you enjoy your stay in our beautiful City Perth Western Australia.