Family enjoying the Swan Canning Riverpark
Family enjoying the Swan Canning Riverpark

The Swan and Canning rivers are a recreational playground. They also boast vibrant commercial and tourism activity, and diverse and resilient ecosystems.

The Swan Canning Riverpark includes 7210 hectares of river reserve and adjoining public land. Along with the Swan and Canning rivers, it also takes in the Helena and Southern rivers.

The connection of the waterways to the Whadjuk people spans 40,000 years. This means the Riverpark hosts many historical, mythological and cultural sites of significance.

Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program

Funding is available for public land managers to improve their urban forests. Visit the Swan Canning Riverpark Urban Forest program page for more information.

Riverbank Funding

DBCA is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023-24 Riverbank Funding round. See the Minister’s media statement for more information and visit the Riverbank Funding page to find out how to apply.

Swan River Trust

The Swan River Trust is an advisory body. It provides independent, strategic advice on the protection of the Swan and Canning rivers. On this website, you can learn more about what the Swan River Trust does. This includes annual reports and the Swan Canning River Protection Strategy.    


The Riverpark’s sheltered bays and waters offer safe swimming, while more than 40 parks and reserves line the banks. The rivers hum with aquatic activity. Visit the Explore Parks website to discover things to do and places to visit around the Riverpark. 


Facilitating appropriate land use and development around the Swan Canning Riverpark is a key responsibility of DBCA. Find out about: 


DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service manages the Swan Canning Riverpark. Find out how we work to protect this special place.

Page reviewed 28 Feb 2023