Your Floating River Picnic


Take to the Swan River as a Captain

Explore Perth as the Captain of your own boat aboard Nauti Picnics. 

We are an electric, self-drive picnic boat hire in the Upper Swan River.
You have full control of your adventure, just pack your picnic, choose your tribe and jump on board.
No Skipper’s Ticket nor experience needed.

Prices ranges from $270 – $480 for up to 8 people – Monday to Sunday!

The Boat

Read our Boat Rules Here

The Boat

No Skipper’s ticket needed - woohoo!

Picnic table in the middle and cushions for extra comfort

Room for small esky - cheers!

Booking 24 hrs prior. We offer 10am or 2pm sessions

Room for 8 people inc dogs and kids

Only Upper Swan River boating - Max Speed 4 knots

We launch at Maylands Boat Ramp and you choose your adventure

Electric engine - Fiberglass boat

Read our Boat Rules Here


Where will our boat take you?

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

Iconic Perth Cruise

Iconic Perth Cruise

3 hour return trip — A cruise from Maylands down to Perth City and Elizabeth Quay. – Optus Stadium – Matagarup Bridge – Claisebrook Cove – Heirisson Island. From $270 for up to 8 people
That’s $34 per person when sharing with 8

Freedom to Roam Cruise

Freedom to Roam Cruise

6 hours return trip – It’s your adventure and you have the choice. It’s no stress when you can cruise a full day on the beautiful Swan River. Urban or Nature?
From $480 for up to 8 people
That’s $60 per person when sharing with 8

Back to Nature Cruise

Back to Nature Cruise

3 hours return trip. Leave the noise and stress behind and enjoy the quiet, tranquil part of the Swan River. Set off to explore the fantastic wildlife.
From $270 for up to 8 people.
That’s $34 per person when sharing with 8

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Nauti Praise

Fabulous afternoon boating along the Swan River

We LOVED our afternoon on the river. As naval novices, we chose to head upstream to the quieter section. We only encountered a couple of boats plus a load of canoeists. It was a slow cruise in an almost silent boat and we would thoroughly recommend it. There is free parking close to the mooring and with a comprehensive lesson before we set off, we encountered no problems. The boat is shaded by a canopy, has a table and bench seats and is easy to steer.

Relaxed fun

Our family of 5 had an enjoyable morning on the Swan River. We headed toward Perth with minimal river traffic and had a thoroughly relaxing trip. Thank you for such great service, from the booking over the phone due to short notice to the explanation of how the boat works and the cleanliness and condition of the boat.

Wow I’m on a boat!

This is fantastic with so many smells and the wind in my face.
Thanks mamma!

Superb service, great clean boat (and not running on petrol!)

During one of the hottest days, we took a nice cruise over the Swan River. The staff of Nauti Picnics contacted us the day before to confirm arrangements and prepared the boat perfectly. Excellent explanation, good charts of the Swan River and a lovely quiet boat running on a powerful battery.
If you want to explore the Swan River, this boat and company is the way to go.

Wonderful afternoon on the water

We had a group of 8 and we had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon cruising along the beautiful Swan River. Yvonne was super helpful in answering my questions and helping with planning. The boat is really easy to use and it was just a lovely way to see the river. We had the three hour afternoon booking and took a grazing table and drinks with us. It ended all too soon, but we will definitely be back! Thank you again.

Beautiful day out excellent boat and service

Loved every moment! Booking process a breeze, had an excellent picnic with friends. The boat is super easy to maneuver and the quick hassle-free orientation was professionally delivered. Highly recommend.

Boating Bliss

We’ve used Nauti Picnics a couple of times, once as a Father’s Day treat then again for our daughter’s 16th birthday with a small group of friends. The boat is so easy to handle and it’s super relaxing to glide up the river with just the sound of the lapping water. Beats a regular motorboat any day. Yvonne was really helpful and made both days really special. And the best bit was being able to bring our dog! Highly recommended for visitors to Perth and locals alike.

Fantastic day out

What a great day! We took the six-hour package… definitely worth it. The five of us were on board with a nice picnic lunch and a few drinks. We were able to cruise up and down the river. Even though there were a number of boats, there were no issues in steering and enjoying the day. It was great to hook up to a few places and stretch your legs. Fantastic all around

From Nauti Beginnings

Introducing your boat landlord – Yvonne!
Yvonne was not born a water baby but yet here she is with her own boat proving just how easy these things are to drive.

She brings this gorgeous business idea and her story all the way from Copenhagen and she wants all of Perth to experience just how easy it is to be the Captain of your own boat

Caring deeply about the importance of small business tourism in WA, Yvonne advocates for other small businesses alike and fully supports everything homegrown in WA!

Questions? We thought so…

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

How many people can be in the boat?

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

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.

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. 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.

How long does the battery last for?

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

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.

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.

Is there a cover on the boat?

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

How fast do the boats go?

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

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.

What happens if I return the boat too late?

Firstly, it is your responsibility to make sure you are back on time. Weather and tide has to be taken into consideration. Charges of $190 will apply to boats returning more than 15 min late. If you running late interferes with the 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. However, should something have happened to the boat or any passengers, please contact us ASAP so we can help you out.

Are there any cancellation fees?

You can cancel or reschedule your booking until 24hrs prior to sailing, free of charge. After this the hire fees are none 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.

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.

Something has happened and I need to cancel the boat

Please contact us on 24 hours prior to sailing and we will refund the entire amount.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 later returns, minor damage and loss of equipment.

Read all the FAQS Here

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