I love an experience that makes me see my hometown in a completely new way.
That’s how it was on our cruise into the Swan Valley on our very own GoBoat.
The GoBoat is a new addition to the Swan River and is the most relaxing way to enjoy our beautiful river with friends or family.
The idea behind the Scandinavian designed GoBoat, is to create a sustainable and sociable outdoor experience. The GoBoat can be hired for two hours or more and you don’t need a skippers ticket to be your own captain of one of these boats.
These picnic boats are made from recycled material and the solar powered electric motor is whisper quiet. This leaves you to enjoy the surroundings.
We used the occasion for a family outing and to experience a part of Perth none of us was familiar with. We’re definitely not a boating family, but easily managed the challenge of these electric boats. The engine is super easy to use and even shallow water doesn’t pose a major problem.
We had four hours to explore the river and started Bayswater Boat Ramp. From here we decided to go east towards Guildford and the Swan Valley. Although, I’ve always been familiar with this part of town and the Swan Valley there’s something very different about seeing it from the river.
There’s no noisy engine or high speeds to drag you away from your thoughts. The boat allows you to enjoy the surroundings and the people that you’re with. It’s an extremely calming way to experience the waterways and get up close to the many birds that make this their home.
In some places it’s almost as if time had stood still. With so much history entwined into the Swan River it’s like getting a glimpse into the origins of the Swan River colony.
We meandered past Garvey Point, Sandy Bay and under the Guildford Bridge. We stopped at Caversham House where we wandered around the gardens. Afterwards we decided to head back downstream and unpacked our picnic on the boat and enjoyed the surroundings.
We docked at the beautiful Woodbridge Riverside Cafe where we got off for ice cream and coffee, before heading back to Bayswater Boat Ramp. Depending on time, you could easily head off to a winery, including Mandoon Estate.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline experience, this is not it. The GoBoat is a very leisurely and calming way to experience the natural beauty of the river and is designed to leave no trace, a part from the gentle wake of the boat.
About GoBoat Perth
GoBoat Perth operates from Bayswater Boat Ramp.
The boat can be hired for two, four or six hours and carries a maximum of eight people.
No skippers ticket is required for a GoBoat. You will need to be over 18 and have identification.
For more information and bookings about GoBoat Perth click here.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of GoBoat Perth. All thoughts and opinions about are my own.
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