Swan Valley - WA's oldest and most visited wine growing region...
Located only 25 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley is laced with ribbons of vineyards and home to over 150 places to wine and dine - including award-winning wineries and restaurants, microbreweries and distilleries. You'll also find roadside stalls selling fresh local produce, historical architecture, art and craft galleries and studios.
The Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford is your one stop shop for everything in and around the Swan Valley. You can get expert advice on how best to explore the area and pick up some free maps at the same time. There's also an impressive gift shop to enable you to take a piece of the region home with you. The Visitor Centre's well crafted displays allow you to take an informative look into the history of the area settled in 1829.
If time allows, spend a few days discovering this stunning region and stay locally at one of the many accommodation choices. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets from five-star resorts, caravan parks, farm stays or chic boutique guesthouses.
EXPLORE the 32km Food and Wine Trail - try the Verdelho, Shiraz and fortified wines.
WATCH out for free tastings of local preserves dried fruit and nuts.
- TAKE a boat cruise from Perth City along the Swan River to the Swan Valley.
PICK up a free Guildford Heritage Walk Trail brochure from the Visitor Centre.
- TAKE a wander around Guildford's historic shopping precincts.
- STAY a little longer and let one of the many accommodation venues look after you in style.
- BOOK a Swan Valley tours for free at the Visitor Centre.
- VISIT the many art and craft galleries and artist's studios.
- ENJOY the great outdoors on the cycle trails.
Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail
One way to enjoy the best of the region is to embark on the award-winning 32km Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. The loop trail is well signposted and takes you past more than 40 wineries, boutique breweries, restaurants, cafes and roadside stalls and leads you through the outstanding array of galleries and heritage sites.
The chances of you wanting to sample some, or indeed all of the area's wines are quite high so the perfect option is to join a wine tasting tour where you will be transported from winery to winery and not have to concern yourself about who will do the driving.
Alternatively, you can take a wine cruise from the city on the Swan River, after which the valley is named. Beerlovers will be delighted to know that there is more to the region than just wine. The Swan Valley has five boutique beer outlets, including several microbreweries offering a wide selection of more than 20 varieties of beer to tempt the palate and two German-style cafes serving their own brews with hearty, beer friendly fare.
The Swan Valley is renowned for its mouth watering food with good reason. Today there are more than 70 restaurants and cafes in the valley, along with companies making fresh nougat, chocolate, coffee, ice cream and honey on the premises. Foodie education experiences are also available; pair local wines with chocolate, match a Swan Valley drop with artisan cheese from around the world, take a cheese-making class or barista course or an asparagus masterclass in season.
History & heritage
The nearby historical village of Guildford with its collection of antique shops, cafes and pristine examples of European settlement buildings dating back to the 1830s, is the gateway to the Swan Valley and is well worth visiting.
Guildford was the first permanent community to emerge from the Swan River Colony's settlement of the area and is the only town in Perth classified by the National Trust. Pastimes include picnicking by the river, exploring the antique shops, enjoying a pint in an historical pub or a delicious Devonshire tea at one of the many cafes that line James Street, the main thoroughfare.
A great way to explore the region is to follow the Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail. The trail includes a series of signs that interpret the rich history, interesting characters and natural elements of the Swan Valley and passes many interesting places including fruit stalls, picnic spots, galleries and wineries. There are three main entry points: the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford, Maali Footbridge in Herne Hill and West Swan Hall.
There are a range of walking trails you can follow;
The Swan Valley isn't just for adults - it is the ideal place to let the kids run free and indulge in their love of nature, tasty treats and outdoor activities. Families can enjoy picnics at the many parks and nature reserves located within the region including Yagan Memorial Park, Lilac Hill Park, Fishmarket Reserve, Middle Swan Reserve, Bells Rapids and Whiteman Park.
Whiteman Park is a popular recreation and conservation reserve. Wander through the Children's Forest, discover our rich transport heritage in the three museums and travel around the park on a vintage train or tram. The park also has walking and cycle trails, playgrounds, a splash pool, village shops and pristing picnic grounds with BBQ facilities. Whiteman Park is also home to Caversham Wildlife Park where kids can enjoy the Farm Show, have a photo with koalas, meet kangaroos, go on a camel ride, or visit Molly's Farm.
Outback Splash at The Maze in Bullsbrook is much more than a 2,500 square metre timber maze. Kids can meet the koalas, kangaroos and emus, take a walk through the native bird aviary, play mini golf, try the tractor maze and enjoy a family BBQ. Watch this space because they will be opening a brand NEW water park in December 2013!
Families can also see farm animals at the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, reptiles at the West Australian Reptile Park, try yummy chocolate at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory or Whistler's Chocolate and play a round of mini or supa golf at Oasis Supagolf.
The Swan Valley Visitor Centre offer two fun activities for families - The Great Valley Rally and Amazing Valley Rally. Similar to a treasure hunt, participants follow cryptic clues to help find their way along a specific route through the valley. The rallys can be done any day of the year and families are presented with certificates and prizes at the finish line.
Spend a few days discovering this stunning region and stay locally at one of the many accommodation choices with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
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The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail will take you past more than 40 wineries, boutique breweries, restaurants and cafes and lead you through an array of galleries and heritage sites.
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One of the best ways to explore Perth's Valley of Taste is by tour. Choose from a range of land and cruise options including wine tasting, lunch, coffee tasting and more.
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A 32km scenic loop taking in more than 150 attractions including wineries, breweries, restaurants, distilleries, galleries, art, craft and produce market and stalls and more.
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