Swan River Dolphin Watch and Wildlife Kayak Tour
- Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: SRDW
Did you know the Swan River is home to a permanent
population of 20 – 25 Adult Bottlenose Dolphins? Many of them have even been
given names by the Swan River scientists who study them and can be identified
by unique markings on their fins.
Do you want to learn about the 1 metre long fish that
ambushes it’s prey under the lights of the Narrows Bridge, right in the heart
of the city?
What is a Big Eyed Gobble Guts and what creature gorges
itself on baby prawns in the river?
Join us for a fun and informative afternoon/evening on the
river as we go looking for dolphins and learn about the diverse wildlife that
calls the Swan River home.
Pedal Powered Kayaks
and Paddle Boards
If you want to see dolphins and other wildlife on the
water, you need to be quiet so we use Hobie pedal powered kayaks and paddle
boards. These are safe and easy for anyone to use and you don’t need to be
very fit. We have taken out children as young as 5 years old and adults in
Your Tour Guide is a Swan River Guardian and trained
Dolphin Watch Volunteer. Twice a week we go out and record dolphin sightings
and behaviours and then log them in to the Dolphin Watch App to help the
scientists that study the Swan River Dolphins.
This is your chance to help contribute to this important
research by joining our tour guide in our pedal powered kayaks and paddle
boards as we go in search of the dolphins. They are spread throughout the river
system but they prefer some places more than others so we usually go to their
favourite hangouts. As we pedal along the river, your guide can tell you some
of the more interesting facts about the secret life of the Swan River Dolphins.
Apart from the dolphins, the river is home to a wide variety
of fish, crustaceans (crabs and prawns) and bird life. Your guide has even been
known to catch the occasional crab or prawn along the journey so you can get a
closer look. We usually see Terns diving in to the water to catch fish,
Cormorants who chase their fish underwater as well as Pelicans hunting in the
shallows. If we are lucky we will even see the Eastern Osprey (Sea Eagle) whose
numbers have been increasing in recent years.
We go out for a couple of hours twice a week, the location
in the river varies depending on the weather conditions on the day. At the end
of the paddle, you will get to sample some local WA produce from Margaret
River, the Great Southern and the Swan Valley before dropping you back to