Hop in the car for a short drive of 30 minutes and you’ll discover two gems of the Perth region
– The Swan Valley and the
Both regions are incredibly popular and must-visit destinations for tourists and locals alike.
Known as a food lovers haven, a wine connoisseurs delight and a naturalist's dream, visitors are spoilt for choice by the raw, natural environment the Swan Valley region offers.
Couple this with the exquisite charm of the Perth Hills and its character townships including Mundaring, Kalamunda and Armadale and you’ve got a match made in heaven for a couple of days of exploring the best Perth has to offer.
Forget the clock and take life a little on the slower side as you explore a region well suited to families and solo travellers.
Here are 8 things that can’t be missed on your itinerary when you visit the Swan Valley and Perth Hills.
A must-see for tourists visiting the Perth area who need to tick Kangaroos and Koalas off their bucket list, Caversham Wildlife Park showcases ‘the largest private collection of native wildlife in Western Australia’.
You’ll get to spend the day hand feeding Kangaroos while they laze around in the midday sun, have your photo taken with a Koala or take a look at the thousands of animals, reptiles and birds that the park has on show.
There are plenty of picnic areas, barbecues and a restaurant available within Whiteman Park, just a four minute walk away too.
Located in Brigadoon, close to Upper Swan, Bells Rapids is a dream for walkers who like to take in the beauty of the Swan Valley region.
Put on your sturdiest pair of shoes and explore the streams and waterfalls along the stunning nature walks beside the Avon River.
Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful grey kangaroo which can be seen at certain times of the year in abundance while you take in the scenic countryside views and enjoy life at a slower pace.
With more than 150 wineries, restaurants, cafés, galleries, shops and roadside stalls across the Swan Valley, the Food and Wine Trail guarantees you’ll never go hungry or thirsty again.
Drive along the 32km scenic loop at your own pace and plan your own unique food and wine experience as you explore the Valley.
As well as the popular stop off points such as Margaret River Chocolate Co. and Jane Brook Winery & Restaurant there are quite a few hidden gems too, so make sure you download your map from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre.
Located in the Darling Range right amongst Perth’s Hills, Araluen Botanic Park enchants you with its tranquil botanic garden of both natural and developed beauty, providing four seasons of relaxing activity.
Explore the magnificent culturally significant terraced gardens, timber and stone structures, water features and mature trees that form the basis of the park.
You’ll find the barbeques firing on all cylinders near the plentiful grassy areas around spring, where the tulips and other magnificent spring blooms are all out in force.
Don’t forget to jump on The Araluen Train, complete with recorded commentary, to explore all the park has to offer.
The tree-lined village of Mundaring is one of the major towns of the Perth Hills and makes a wonderful day trip or weekender for visitors to the region.
The Mundaring Weir is definitely worth a visit to take in the scenic views, either on foot or a leisure drive by. A little bit of history: when the Weir was completed in 1903, the dam was the start of the water pipeline that pumped water to the Kalgoorlie goldfields, a several hour drive away!
If you’re interested in a bit of star gazing at night, take note that the Perth Observatory is a 15-20 minute drive down the road in Bickley. There are public tours all year round and you won’t find a better play to explore a galaxy far far away.
The Bibbulmun Track stretches across the whole South West of WA – starting in Kalamunda in the Perth Hills and winding its way through 1000km of bushland and national parks all the way to Albany.
The track caters to all levels of fitness and itinerary lengths. You can choose with a relaxing day walk in the bush, an overnight camping adventure or conquer the six to eight-week end-to-end hike.
If time and fitness levels are at a premium, then try a small portion of the Darling Range – the opening section of the track – which offers stunning views of the hills.
The Bibbulmun Track Foundation has a series of maps and guidebooks for sale that include shorter day walks all the way up to the grueling ‘end to end’ trail.
Wander through The Children's Forest, discover the rich transport heritage in the three museums and travel around the park on a vintage train or tram.
There are seasonal events that run throughout the year at Whiteman Park such as the Targa West Rallying event in August, where you can see Australia’s finest rally drivers take on the Whiteman Park Stages.
The park also has walking and cycle trails, playgrounds, a splash pool, village shops and picnic grounds with BBQ facilities.
Is there anything more romantic than taking your loved one out into the country to pick strawberries?
Located in Bullsbrook, on the edge of the Swan Valley, The Berry Sweet Strawberry Farm is one of the key suppliers of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries in Western Australia.
The prices at the farm for a punnet or two of strawberries are very reasonable considering you are buying straight from the source and you can feel good that you’re supporting local WA farmers.
There’s a small café on the farm too where you can sit outside and enjoy a leisurely coffee, scones and strawberry jam.