Blue Boat House

Charming blue boathouse at the end of a pier popular with tourists as a photo spot. The Crawley Edge Boatshed, commonly referred to as the Blue Boat House, is a boathouse located on the Swan River at Crawley in Perth, Western Australia. A well known landmark, the boatshed was built in the 1930s, and since the 1940s has been owned mainly by the Nattrass family. Take a drive along Perth’s scenic Mounts Bay Road any day of the week and you will see queues of smartly dressed Asian tourists squashed together along a narrow riverside footpath waiting to snap the perfect selfie.

The unlikely star attraction is a quaint, formerly derelict, 90-year-old blue boathouse. In a social media age where likes are treated almost like currency, the boathouse — or, to use its official name, the Crawley Edge Boatshed — is cashing in. The hashtag #blueboathouse has tens of thousands of Instagram posts to its name and the structure has become an Australian icon through its inclusion in advertising campaigns geared to Asian tourists.


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