Indulge the senses with a trip to the Swan Valley. The vineyards of Western Australia’s oldest wine region invite you to sample their fruits, feast on award-winning local produce and discover local heritage.
Just 25 minutes east of Perth, the Swan Valley is a world away from city life. You can reach it by road, or take the scenic route aboard a Swan River cruise from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty. You can even winery-hop in the back of a horse-drawn wagon or chauffeured classic car.
Many of the vineyards are still owned by the descendants of early European settlers, who may share their story over a fruity red at the cellar door. Alongside these charming family-run wineries you’ll also find some major international players, not to mention the more recent emergence of award-winning boutique breweries and talented artists.
Do lunch at one of 70 restaurants and cafes, or pack a picnic and take your pick from many natural beauty spots. But be sure to leave room for some gourmet local delights, from olives, cheeses and preserves to chocolate, nougat and ice creams.
Besides fine food and wine, there are many other passions you can indulge in, from horse riding, cycling, hiking and golf to wildlife, art, history and Indigenous culture.
At the hub of the Swan Valley, Guildford is brimming with colonial charm. Follow the heritage trail passing historic pubs and quaint cottages, take a stroll down the antique strip, browse the boutiques and art galleries or enjoy an afternoon of live music in the beer gardens.
For some family fun of the furry variety, head to Caversham Wildlife Park – home to one of Western Australia’s largest collections of native Australian wildlife where close encounters with koalas, wombats, kangaroos and a whole array of farm animals can be found.
In the rambling countryside of the Darling Range beyond, you can explore some of their natural habitats, walking among tall trees, granite outcrops, tumbling waterfalls and dazzling spring wildflowers.