Your floating River Picnic in Perth

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 will 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 $219 – $480 for up to 8 people.


Electric engine


Room for 8 people inc dogs and kids

Dog friendly

Max Speed 4knots

Picnic table in the middle


Room for small esky

Booking 24 hrs prior

Gift vouchers/cards


No Skipper’s ticket needed

We launch at Maylands Boat Ramp

Only Upper Swan River boating

You choose your adventure

3 or 6 hours hire

Explore Nature or

Explore Perth’s Icons


10am or 2pm sessions


Good humour


Food and drinks


Towel (you might get wet and it’s hot seats)

A light jacket (it can get cold/windy on the water)


Wear boating attire (no high heels or sharp objects)


Ideas for your day 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

Iconic Perth Cruise

3 hour ‘The Iconic Perth’ — A cruise from Maylands down to Perth City and Elizabeth Quay. - Optus Stadium - Matagarup Bridge - Claisebrook Cove - Heirisson Island from $219 for up to 8 people

Freedom to Roam Cruise
Freedom to Roam Cruise

6 hours - Freedom to Roam. 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 $399 for up to 8 people

Back to Nature Cruise
Back to Nature Cruise

3 hours - Back to Nature. Leave the noise and stress behind and enjoy the quiet, tranquil part of the Swan River. Leave from Maylands and set off to explore the fantastic wildlife. From $219 for up to 8 people




1. Are lifejackets included in the hire price

Yes, 8 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 weight of the children attending and how many you need in the booking form.

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/infants and dogs.
There is no need to contact me if you are less than 8.
If you have more than 8, you will not be allowed to hire the boat due to State Regulations and safety on the water.

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. Large camping esky will have to stay put on land due to weight restrictions. 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, 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.  We are open every day now and are sometimes booked out well in advance.

Plan ahead, you can always reschedule the date, free of charge, up to 24 hours prior to your booking.

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

Please contact us on 48-24 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). You can always reschedule and enjoy the boating on another day!

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 by authorities 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. So be careful as you will be the slowest boat on the river.

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.

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. This do depend on the current and the weather. For us to be able to offer 2 hire sessions a day, you, as the skipper, need to be aware of the weather and river conditions and act accordingly.

15. Can I moor anywhere on the river?

We want you to enjoy the time on the water so we strongly advise you to not moor on any jetties. However, if you need to use facilities, 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 and passengers 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. 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 every 15min you are running late i.e. 30min = $100. Running late also means there will be less battery for the next customer. We are here to share the boat and the river, so please be considerate.
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?

No, we have changed this, but when you book the boat, you are liable for any damage you make i.e.

  • – fin, propeller, large scratches, loss of maps and info – from $10
  • – late fees – starting at $50 when you are 15min late
  • – cleaning fee – if excessing mess in the boat – $50
  • – and up $1,000 excess if the boat needs repairs 
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 (less $10 admin fee) your booking 48hrs prior to sailing. 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, we need to reschedule your trip within 3 months. 

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 for 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 (please leave napkins, paper towels, cling wrap or anything else that can be easily taken by the wind), 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.

22. Are you dog friendly?

Yes, we would love to see your pooches out with you.
Unfortunately we don’t carry life vests for the dogs, but please bring your own along if your dog needs it.
1 dog = 1 person. Bare in mind there is only about 20cm from cushions to the railing of the boat, so the best place for your pooch would be on the floor or on your lap so they are safe.

23. Gift Cards/vouchers

We offer gift cards and vouchers. Click any Call to Action button on the website and it will take you to our booking system. Here you can choose which one you would like to purchase. After you have inserted all your details, an email will instantly be sent to you with a special code. Happy gifting!

Haven’t found what you are looking for? Give us a call and we’ll have a chat about your day on the river.

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

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