The Raft - Perth Swan River Floating Bar

The Raft: Perth’s New Venue Docking On The Swan River

Perth's first permanent floating event space.
The Raft - Perth Swan River Floating Bar
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This Spring The Raft, Perth’s newest special event venue floats onto The Swan River.

The Raft, Perth’s first permanent floating event space will drop anchor in the Swan River. And we all know everything is better when there’s a view of the water!

After four years of planning, approvals and builds  – The Raft will be opening in September.

With the finest quality chef-catered event packages for private bookings, as well as playing host to several brand launch parties and ticketed music shows.

The Raft Perth will be a must-see for both tourists (when they can come visit again) and locals.

Who’s behind it?

What started out as an idea between two siblings is now transforming into Perth’s hottest new venue.

Power duo Katie and Dan Chrystal are combining their creative, finance and hospitality backgrounds to bring something fresh to the WA crowds.

Gabrielle Scott (Guildhall Event Space, Porch and Parlour) has overseen the interior design, adding her understated elegance and inherently cool signature to every aspect of the vessel, including the bespoke furniture, custom built by Remington Matters, the team behind some of Perth’s hottest

The Raft Gallery

Where is it?

Overlooking Elizabeth Quay and Kings Park, The Raft Perth is a staggering 445 square meters and can hold up to 250 patrons, making it the perfect space for your next special event.


Travelling for three weeks from Darwin, The Raft has been docked up at Kailis Marine in Fremantle, undergoing all the essential preparations to transform an old working barge into the stunning venue set to permanently dock in the Swan River.

How do you get there?

To access The Raft, guests are transported on the venue’s private and very stylish 40 person tender vessel which departs from Barrack St Jetty, in the heart of Perth’s CBD and is available on request throughout any event.

That’s making an entrance!

What’s it like on board?

Once on board The Raft, the real experience begins.

Expect sensational food, a locally-sourced and curated drinks list, excellent service and the best views in Perth.

This is not your average barge – no expense has been spared when creating this magnificent vessel, perfect for any floating moment.

The vessels aesthetic inspiration is drawn from WA’s beautiful beaches and coastal landscapes, delivering a one of a kind, breathtaking venue.

For those lucky enough to be invited on board or snag tickets to The Raft Perth’s own exclusive events, the space will offer a beautiful, blissful escape.

See the event package here.

Will there be drinks?

The Raft is a fully licensed venue.

With drinks at the helm, and WA firmly in the spotlight, you’ll be sipping premium wines and local craft beers from the on-tap offering.

Growing up in Perth, the Chrystal siblings have taken great care in supporting and showcasing West Australian producers and makers across their food and beverage menus.


With a range of beverage packages on offer, there is guaranteed to be a selection that will shine for any occasion.

What about food?

The Raft have teamed up with WA catering royalty Heyder & Shears to deliver fresh, innovative and modern menu options whatever the occasion.

From delectable sit-down to substantial cocktail offerings, Heyder & Shears will hand craft each menu to ensure clients are able to celebrate their dream occasion in true style.

Renowned for sourcing fresh, local produce, menus will feature an abundance of flavours, guaranteed to delight.

When will it be open?

Dropping its anchor just in time for Spring, The Raft is the venue for those looking to impress.

Oozing understated elegance and classic ease, WA has never seen a venue experience quite like this.

For further details

Perth is buzzing at the moment with further opening and event launches. Find out all the details here with our latest Perth Food and Drink news.


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