The Swan Valley is the first place we offered day tours to and is still one of our all time favourite places to visit and explore.
When planning this blog post, we realised that we couldn’t possibly fit everything about the Swan Valley and how much there is to see and do, into one blog post so we decided to write a sseries of articles called the Swan Valley Re-Explored which will cover a different category of Swan Valley ideas in each post. We hope you like it.
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Situated just east of the City of Perth and a mere 25 minute drive, the Swan Valley is historically famous for producing top quality wines from its countless vineyards.
Today, the Swan Valley is home to an ever increasing number of restaurants, cafes, breweries, wineries, galleries, activities, wildlife centers and so much more.
Getting to and around the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is spread out over a large area and surrounded by natural Australian bush.
There are a variety of ways to get to and around the Swan Valley. Renting a car and self driving, will only take 25 minutes from the city. You can take a leisurely drive around the Swan Valley or follow one of the itineraries from the Swan Valley Visitor Center.
River cruising along the Swan River is another popular way to get to the Swan Valley without having to manage the driving. Organised day tours are probably the easiest way to explore the area, without having to worry about driving. Half day trips and full day trips are available to visit wineries or take a foodie tour such as The Swan Valley Half Day Tour.
It is important to remember that Western Australia has very strict drink driving laws and the legal drinking age is 18. Find out more here
What can I see and do in the Swan Valley?
Eating and Drinking in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley offers such a wide variety of taste sensations that there is something for everyone.
With top class restaurants attached to wineries, simple pub grub, traditional high teas and of course the gourmet specialty confectionery houses and shops, every stop you make will be a worthwhile experience. A cheese and wine maker experience is another must-do on your Western Australian experience.
Not just renown for its wineries, the Swan Valley is also home to a range of micro breweries where you can sample and purchase a range of local wines, beers and ciders.
Of course, the Swan Valley is also home to some of the oldest vines in WA offering tasting, cellar doors and restaurants.
The gourmet confectionery houses offer a chance to taste local produce, shown off in abundance with a range of fresh flavours for you to enjoy.
Olives, cheese, fruit, chocolate, nuts, nougat, coffee and much more are all waiting to tempt you.
Fresh fruit and vegetable markets also abound selling locally grown and made products for you to sample and take with you.
Sports & Activities in the Swan Valley
There are also a wide range of activities for the kids, families and adults alike.
Whether you are into cycling, walking, golfing or just taking a stroll through the bush, the Swan Valley has something for everyone. Packed with family activities too, such as the playgrounds and train at Whiteman Park, Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm to the Amazing Chase, there is so much on offer.
History & Culture
The Swan Valley has a rich history, built from Aboriginal, pioneering colonial and southern European roots. Guildford is an impressive start to your history with Cradle of the Colony Exhibition, the Rose and Crown Hotel, heritage precinct and historical walking trails.
Don’t forget to pit stop at the various museums in the Swan Valley.
Nature & Wildlife
Walking and cycling trails abound in the Swan Valley. Stop at the Visitor Centre to get some suggested routes.
Another must-see on your trip is Caversham Wildlife Park where you can get up close to Kangaroos, Koalas and more Aussie Wildlife.
Health and Pampering
After wining and dining in the Swan Valley, why not book into one of the Swan Valley’s top quality spas for some relaxation and unwinding. With beautiful views, great food and superb pampering treatments, you will feel like a whole new you!
Where can I find out more information?
The Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford can help you get the most from your Swan Valley visit. The friendly staff there can answer all the questions on routes, award winners, family friendly places and much more.