Plan your time on the river

From Perth CBD to the spectacular Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region – The Swan River invites you on a long history line from Indigenous sacred stories and Perth Settlement, to stunning modern architecture.
This 35km long stretch of the river gives you plenty of options to explore on our picnic boat.
Take full control of this unique self-drive (no boat licence needed)
adventure on the Swan River

Bayswater

The boat ramp we set off from is set in Claughton Reserve at the end of Katanning st, in Bayswater.  The reserve is quite popular with plenty of people occupying the small stretches of sand along the banks and enjoying picnics and bbq’s at the park. With a rich history from the colonial area and the gateway to the Swan Valley, it is the perfect starting point to head east on the river.

Taking off from:
Saturday and Sundays
Claughton Reserve
Bayswater Boat Ramp

Katanning St, Bayswater

Get Directions

We are 16 minutes by car from Perth CBD and 8 min from Perth Airport

We are not moored at location, so please book 72+ hours prior to hire.
Parking and toilets available on site

2 Hours

$190
A perfect introduction to Nauti Picnics and the Swan River.

3 Hours

$280
Pack a picnic and head all the way to Guildford or Maylands without rushing.

4 Hours

$360
4 hours should give you plenty of time to explore the river and stop at numerous locations, including Optus Stadium. Even enjoy a swim.

5 Hours

$420
Cruise at your leisure and take in the views of the CBD or head up river into the Swan Valley for a glass of wine on the water.

6 Hours

$480
A full day of fun. Our river is vast and with 6 hours you will have the freedom to explore the Upper Swan. There is so much to see, and a new way to take in the Swan Valley by the waterway.
  • No boat licence nor previous experience required
  • Life jackets included
  • Arrive 15min prior to hire time
  • Seats 8 people
  • Large picnic table in the middle
  • Roof shading
  • Room for esky
  • Possible destinations include: Ascot Waters, Historic Woodbridge House, Claisebrook Cove, Nature and Wildlife, Swan Valley, Optus Stadium and City of Perth
Maylands

Our second launching point which opens up in August 2019 is in Maylands Foreshore Reserve. We are in good company with Maylands Waterland, Maylands Public Golf Course, tennis and recreational club. A better choice should you want to see Optus Stadium, Claisebrook Cove and Perth CBD from the water.

Taking off from:
Saturday and Sundays
Maylands Boat Ramp

Maylands Foreshore Reserve
Off Clarkson Rd, Maylands

Get Directions

We are 16 minutes by car from Perth CBD and 15 min from Perth Airport

We are not moored at location, so please book 72+ hours prior to hire.
Parking and toilets available on site

2 Hours

$190
A perfect introduction to Nauti Picnics and the Swan River.

3 Hours

$280
Pack a picnic and head down to Optus Stadium and Claisebrook. You can stop at both places for a short period, but not leave the boat

4 Hours

$360
4 hours should give you plenty of time to explore the river. Go past Perth CBD, enjoy a swim or head the opposite direction and see Guildford.
  •  No boat licence nor previous experience required
  •  Life jackets included
  •  Arrive 15min prior to hire time
  •  Seats 8 people
  •  Large picnic table in the middle
  •  Roof shading
  •  Room for esky
  •  Possible destinations include: Ascot Waters,  Claisebrook Cove,  Optus Stadium, City of Perth and the Swan Valley
Murray River

Coming soon, keep checking back for a launch date.

Book your boat cruise

Use our easy booking system to make your day on the river a reality. Start by selecting your preferred departure point, pick a hire duration and the date you would like to book. Then select one of the available booking slots and confirm your contact and payment details. Once your payment has been processed you will receive a confirmation email. Please read the included instructions carefully and do not hesitate to contact us should anything be unclear.

We hope you enjoy your time on the river.

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Free rescheduling & $10 cancellation fees

You can always reschedule free of charge and cancel (admin fee applies) for up to 72 hours before departure. Also, rain & wind insurance is included – free rescheduling in case it rains or it is too windy to safely navigate the boat upon departure (winds over 15 knots).

Ideas for your day on the river

Elizabeth Quay

On your way past the Optus Stadium, you will find the heart of the city, now with hotels, ice cream bars and perfect vibe.

Swan Valley

Upper Swan River and you will find this gem of a vineyard. With a hotel, restaurant, beer garden and art gallery, you can also purchase their wines.

Picnics

You can grab great food and atmosphere in this iconic location on the Murray River to Perth's South.

Wildlife Experience

Bring your camera or binoculars and experience some of the amazing flora and fauna Western Australia has to offer.

Enviro Pirates

Kids will be entertained with nature at their fingertips and can help clean our beautiful rivers with supplied butterfly nets.

Celebrate

Plan a party, hens/bucks tour, wedding or Christmas event for your company.

A wonderful afternoon exploring the river with my family – everyone of us had a great time. Anne

Such great value for money, thoroughly enjoyed this day with so many laughs! Team Nauti Picnics were amazing! Stephanie

The boat was easy to use and we had great fun! We see lots of people along the river, and they were friendly. Yvonne, the lady who lend us the boat was lovely. It’s a nice way to relax and chill. We’re going to do it again.  Aires

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1. Are lifejackets included in the hire price

Yes, adult life jackets are available in the boat.
Life jackets for children are available on land and will need to be reserved when booking, please let us know the age/weight of the children attending and how many you need.
We do not have life vests for dogs, unfortunately.

2. How many people can be in the boat?

There is room for 8 people. This includes children and dogs.

3. Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes, you can BYO. There is a large table in the middle of the boat and ample space between the seats and under the table for an esky. Drink responsibly!

4. How many boats do you have and what is maximum capacity?

We have one boat at the moment but are working on including more in our fleet. The maximum people in the boat, are 8 people. Keep up to date with further progress via our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

5. Can we get a boat without booking in advance?

No, at this time you can only book online, 72 hours prior to sailing.
We are not moored at any jetty and will need to take the boat to the boat ramp for you.  We are open Saturdays and Sundays and are booked out well in advance. Plan ahead, you can always reschedule the date, free of charge, 72 hours prior to your booking.

6. Something has happened and I need to cancel the booking

Please contact us on ahoy@nautipicnics.com.au 72 hours prior to sailing and we will refund the entire boat hire cost ($10 admin fee will be deducted from your deposit due to credit card fees)

7. How old do I have to be in order to drive the boat?

You will need to have a valid ID and be over 20 years old

8. Can I drink alcohol on board?

The skipper of the boat must remain under the legal alcohol limit of .05 during the sailing. The rest of the guests may consume alcohol, but we are encouraging moderation and good behaviour. As a skipper, you are responsible for everyone on board and the boat. Any fines given are yours to keep!

9. Is there a cover/roof on the boat

Yes, there is a huge Bimini roof that covers the seating area. It’s perfect in summer to keep the sun out, but in winter it’s best to have it down. Please let us know your preference as we will always erect it prior to sailing and it cannot be changed once out on the river.

10. Do I need a skipper's ticket/boat licence to drive the boat?

No, anyone over the age of 20 can drive the boat due to the low horsepower (under 5hp). It is important, however, that you follow the induction given to you and obey the laws that apply on the water. These can be also be found in the laminated brochure on board the boat and will also be sent to you with the confirmation letter

11. How fast do the boat go?

Top speed is approx 4 knots (8 km/hr) or brisk walking pace.
The speed limit on the Swan River is 5 knots, though Perth Waters and Water activity areas are 8 knots.

12. Can I hire the boat with a Captain?

Unfortunately, we cannot organise a skipper/captain for you due to the rules and regulations by AMSA around skippered vessels for hire.

1. Are life jackets included in the hire price?

Yes, adult life jackets are available in the boat. Life jackets for children are available on land and will need to be reserved when booking, please let us know the age of the children attending and how many. We do not have life vests for dogs, unfortunately.

2. How many people can be in the boat?

There is room for 8 people. This includes children and dogs.

3. Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes, you can BYO. There is a large table in the middle of the boat and ample space between the seats and under the table for an esky.

4. How many boats do you have and what is the maximum capacity?

We have one boat at the moment but are working on including more in our fleet. The maximum people in the boat, are 8 people. Keep up to date with further progress via our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

5. Can we get a boat without having to book in advance?

No, at this time you can only book online, 24 hours prior to sailing. We are not moored at any jetty and will need to take the boat to the boat ramp for you. For available launching places, please see Destinations.

6. Something has happened and I need to cancel the boat

Please contact us on ahoy@nautipicnics.com.au 72 hours prior to sailing and we will refund the entire amount.

7. How old do I have to be in order to drive the boat?

You will need to have a valid ID and be over 20 years old

8. Can I drink alcohol on board?

The skipper of the boat must remain under the legal alcohol limit of .05 during the sailing. The rest of the guests may consume alcohol, but we are encouraging moderation and good behaviour.

9. Is there a cover on the boat?

Yes, there is a huge Bimini roof that covers the seating area

10. Do I need a skippers ticket/boat licence to drive the boat?

No, anyone over the age of 20 can drive the boat due to the low horsepower. It is important, however, that you follow the induction given to you and obey the laws that apply on the water. These can be also be found in the laminated brochure on board the boat

11. How fast do the boats go?

Top speed is approx 4 knots (8 km/hr) or brisk walking pace

12. Can I hire the boat with a Captain?

Unfortunately, we cannot organise a skipper/captain for you due to the rules and regulations around skippered vessels for hire.

13. Can I fish from the boat?

No, due to being a picnic boat, the people after you might be on there to enjoy their food and drinks and a fishy smell is not very pleasant.

14. How long does the battery last for?

The battery has the capacity to last 6.5 hours on full speed.

15. Can I moor anywhere on the river?

You can moor on public jetties, but for a maximum of 15min. Some private jetties allow people to moor up to 4 hours. Please see the map for details. Do keep in mind that you should never leave the boat out of sight. As the skipper, you are responsible for the boat at all times during your sail times.

16. What happens if I arrive or return the boat too late?

Firstly, it is your responsibility to make sure you arrive for your booking on time. Where possible we try to accommodate a late arrival of up to 15 minutes by pushing the return time back by 15 minutes. Where there is a subsequent booking this will not be possible and you must return by the agreed time.

In the event that you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled booking without contacting me, you forfeit your booking and full payment, including the security deposit.

Weather and tide have to be taken into consideration. Charges of $50 will apply to boats returning more than 15 min late. If you running late interferes with another person’s booking, and they choose to cancel their booking due to this, we reserve the right to charge you for their booking as well. Late fees will be deducted from your deposit.
However, should something have happened to the boat or any passengers, please contact us ASAP so we can help you out.

17. Is there a deposit for hiring a boat?

Yes, the boat cost as much as an Audi A3, so we want you to look after it as if it was your own. There is a $200 deposit which can cover anything from late returns, minor damage and loss of equipment

18. What if I damage the boat?

As the skipper, you are responsible for the boat and everyone on board. In case of damage to the boat, the engine and/or other equipment, the hirer is liable for the cost of the damage or the insurance excess of $1,000. If the damage is due to negligence and for not taking safety into consideration, and the boat is out of action for longer periods of time due to repair, the hirer will liable for this as well.

19. Are there any cancellation fees?

You can cancel or reschedule your booking until 72hrs prior to sailing, free of charge. After this, the hire fees are non refundable. If it rains or it is too windy on the day of your trip, or we deem it irresponsible to hire the boat out due to other circumcises, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds can take up to 10 working days.

20. Can there be more than one skipper?

Yes, please let us know when you arrive at the jetty as we will need to take a copy of all ID’s

21. What to bring?

Dress appropriately for the weather and spending time on the river. It can be cooler on the water, so a jumper or cardigan is a good idea. Sunscreen and a hat should be worn even on overcast days to avoid sunburn. Make sure you have plenty of water, a charged phone in case you need to contact me and anything else you think might make your trip more enjoyable.

13. Can I fish from the boat?

No, due to being a picnic boat, the people after you might be on there to enjoy their food and drinks and a fishy smell is not very pleasant.

14. How long does the battery last for?

The battery has the capacity to last 6.5 hours on full speed. This means we can take max 2 x 3 hour hire per day if both drives on full speed (4knots).

15. Can I moor anywhere on the river?

You can moor on public jetties, but for a maximum of 15min. Some private jetties allow people to moor up to 4 hours. Please see the map for details.
Do keep in mind that you should never leave the boat out of sight. As the skipper, you are responsible for the boat at all times during your sail time.

16. What happens if I arrive or return the boat too late?

Firstly, it is your responsibility to make sure you arrive for your booking on time. Where possible we try to accommodate a late arrival of up to 15 minutes by pushing the return time back by 15 minutes. Where there is a subsequent booking this will not be possible and you must return by the agreed time.

In the event that you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled booking without contacting me, you forfeit your booking and full payment, including the security deposit. This is due to the fact that I can only moor at the jetty for 15min and I can lose my licence to operate if I overstay.

Weather and tide have to be taken into consideration. Charges of $50 will apply to boats returning more than 15 min late. If you running late interferes with another person’s booking, and they choose to cancel their booking due to this, we reserve the right to charge you for their booking as well. Late fees will be deducted from your deposit.
However, should something have happened to the boat or any passengers, please contact us ASAP so we can help you out.

17. Is there a deposit/bond for hiring a boat?

Yes, the boat cost as much as an Audi A3, so we want you to look after it as if it was your own. There is a $200 deposit which can cover anything from late returns, minor damage and loss of equipment

18. What if I damage the boat?

As the skipper, you are responsible for the boat and everyone on board.
In case of damage to the boat, the engine and/or other equipment, the hirer is liable for the cost of the damage or the insurance excess of $1,000. If the damage is due to negligence and for not taking safety into consideration, and the boat is out of action for longer periods of time due to repair, the hirer will be liable for loss of income as well

19. Are there any cancellation fees?

You can cancel or reschedule your booking until 72hrs prior to sailing, free of charge. After this, the hire fees are non refundable.
If it rains or it is too windy on the day of your trip, or we deem it irresponsible to hire the boat out due to other circumcises, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds can take up to 10 working days.

20. Can there be more than one skipper?

Yes, please let us know when you arrive at the jetty as we will need to take a copy of all ID’s. 

21. What to bring?

Frequently Asked Questions

Dress appropriately for the weather and spending time on the river. Please check weather apps and stay up-to-date.
It can be cooler on the water, so a jumper or cardigan is a good idea.

Sunscreen and a hat should be worn even on overcast days to avoid sunburn.

Pack a picnic, make sure you have plenty of water, a charged phone in case you need to contact me and anything else you think might make your trip more enjoyable.

We would love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you might have to make your dream day on the river a reality.

Please use the form or email us at
ahoy@nautipicnics.com.au 

text/call us on 043 9999 301 (during office hours only)

You can also contact us via Social Media @nautipicnics

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