River stories

The iconic Swan and Canning rivers are a major part of our lives, vital as a recreational and social feature of our city and a great tourist attraction. They are one of the great things that make us proud to be West Australian.

Whether you are riding your bike or walking, paddling or sailing, fishing or swimming, having a picnic with friends or just driving past our rivers, they are a valued part of our lives.

There are many stories to be told about our rivers and River Guardians wants to share them with you.

If you have photos or stories you would like to share about the rivers, send them to community@dpaw.wa.gov.au and we will publish selected items on this website.

Swan River Stories by Sue Graham Taylor

Swan River Stories provides a fascinating look at the social, political and environmental history of Perth water, as told through the use of original photographs and text written specifically for the website.

The website is developed by Sue Graham Taylor, inaugural James Sykes Battye Memorial Fellow and run by the Battye Library.

» Read more about Swan River Stories

Rivers of Emotion

The Rivers of Emotion website has been created for the community to share their experiences and feelings about the Rivers. Contribute oral or written memories and stories, as well as soundscapes, landscapes, visual, aural and emotionscapes. These experiences will contribute to understanding this unique cultural landscape, and will inform an interpretation plan for riverside heritage trails.

» Visit the Rivers of Emotion website