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Swan River Wildlife: A Water Safari with Wild West Charters 

In Perth, Western Australia, we’re blessed with more than just a cityscape; we’re embraced by the stunning expanse of the Swan River, home to the enchanting wonders of the native Swan River wildlife. At Wild West Charters, we’re used to getting up close and personal with the magnificent marine life that graces these azure waters. So, before you head out on your next adventure, here are a few things you should know!

Discovering Perth’s Swan River Wildlife

Perth’s vibrant wildlife is a testament to its commitment to preserving its natural treasures. From the iconic Black Swans gracefully gliding on the Swan River to the playful dolphins and majestic sea lions of Carnac Island, the wildlife of Perth is truly something else. 

Perth's Wildlife

Black Swans  

The Swan River, a symbol of Perth’s breathtaking beauty, hosts one of Australia’s most iconic birds—the Australian Black Swan, proudly featured on the WA coat of arms. The black swan holds a special place in the heart of Western Australia, with a rich history intertwined with Indigenous Australian folklore. According to Dreaming Stories passed down through generations, the ancestors of the Noongar people, Indigenous Australian peoples residing in the southwest of the state, were believed to have once been black swans before transforming into human form. Gliding gracefully along the serene waters of the Swan River, these majestic creatures are a sight to behold in their natural habitat.

Our Wild West adventures ensure you not only catch a glimpse of the elegant Black Swan but also encounter the other local Swan River residents. Avid bird watchers, you’re in for a treat, as the open waters are teaming with many native waterbird species, including the ever-elegant Australian Darter. Join us on one of our tours and put your bird identification skills to the test. Let’s see if you name them all.

Swan River Dolphins and Carnac Island Sea Lions 

For those fortunate enough to have glimpsed the wonders of Elizabeth Quay, the secrets of the Swan River extend far beyond its tranquil surface. Here, amidst the shimmering waters, playful Indo-Pacific Bottle-Nosed Swan River Dolphins grace the scene, enchanting all who encounter them. Our tours provide an exclusive front-row seat to their lively playground, where each day unfolds with a display of acrobatics and playful antics.

But for those seeking encounters with some of the rarest aquatic mammals on the planet, Carnac Island Nature Reserve beckons. Australian sea lions, the rarest sea lion species in the world and exclusive to Australia, frequent the island’s shores. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures as they bask on the beach and frolic in the crystal-clear waters.

For avid birdwatchers, Carnac Island presents an irresistible opportunity to witness diverse seabird species in their natural habitat. The island teems with aquatic life, from little penguins to wedge-tailed shearwaters and crested terns.

Crayfish Adventures 

Here in Western Australia, we’re blessed with abundant pristine coastlines and low population density. This creates an unparalleled playground for divers, offering many environments to explore and fish in. Among the treasures of our coastal waters are the various species of Lobster belonging to the family Palinuridae or Spiny Lobster. At the forefront of these prized catches is the esteemed western rock lobster, affectionately known as crayfish Perth or crays by locals.

Whether you’re seeking the thrill of reeling in a massive crayfish or simply craving the serenity of casting your line in these pristine waters, Western Australia offers an unparalleled fishing experience that’s second to none. So grab your gear and prepare for an adventure unlike any other along our magnificent coastline.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

 To guide you through this wildlife odyssey, here are a few FAQs: 

  • Can children join the Carnac Island Eco-Tour? 

Absolutely! Our eco-tour is suitable for passengers of all ages, creating a family-friendly experience. 

  • What safety measures are in place for encounters with wildlife?  

Our experienced guides prioritise safety and adhere to strict protocols to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for all passengers. 

Join us at Wild West Charters, where the perfect adventure awaits. Every tour connects you to the heart of our city and its natural wonders; from the elegance of Black Swans to the playful swan river dolphins or the charismatic Carnac Island sea lions, there’s an unforgettable journey ready to be made. For more information, head to our contact.



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