With its 40 wineries, mouth-watering cuisines and breathtaking views, Swan Valley makes a perfect weekend getaway just 25 minutes from Perth. As Western Australia’s oldest wine region, get ready to be treated to world-class gastronomical delights, vibrant art scene and stunning natural environment. It is definitely Perth’s own slice of Margaret River!

 

Here we give you 10 reasons to discover and explore more of what this food and wine paradise has to offer.  

 

1. Wineries 

 

Wineries

Wine and cheese at one of Swan Valley's wineries. Photo: westernaustralia.com

 

From boutique family-run vineyards and organic wineries to large-scale premium wine producers, Swan Valley offers award-winning wines; some of them have produced for more than 175 years! Take a wine tour and indulge in the region’s specialties such as Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet and fortifieds. Enjoy a sophisticated journey through one of the best wine regions in Australia.

 

 

 

2. Sweet Temptations Trail 

 

Sweet Treats

Chocolates galore at Margaret Valley Chocolate Company in Swan Valley. Photo: tourism western Australia

 

For those with a sweet tooth and adores anything chocolate, a visit to Swan Valley’s Sweet Temptations Trail is a must. Get your morning sugar hit with a visit to some of the regions’ makers of fine sweet treats, from chocolate, nougat and nuts, to ice creams and sorbets.

 

3. Hand-crafted Beers and Cider 

 

Breweries

Mug of cider along with sumptuous food. Photo: swanvalleyciderandale.com.au

 

Explore the Cider & Ale Trail which takes you to the region’s specialty ale and cider producers. Have a taste of creative homegrown craft beers and ciders. Try something that does not contain preservatives and are unpasteurised, or if you are adventurous, you can enjoy the chilli cider.  With so many varieties to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find one that you will fall in love with. 

 

4. Gourmet Goodies and Fresh Produce 

 

Produce

Fresh fruits and veggies at one of the roadside stalls. Photo: eliteror.com

 

Along the 32 kilometres scenic drive of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail, there are road-side stalls and stores which sell fresh farm produce and gourmet goodies. There are also handicrafts, locally-made produce, giftwares, fashion and vintage products. Fill your picnic basket with gourmet goodies and fresh produce from these stalls, then take your pick from local picnic spots, parks and reserves to enjoy these Swan Valley goodies.

 

5. Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail

 

Heritage Cycle Trail

Family enjoying a bicycle ride. Photo: trailswa.com.au

 

Made up of three routes, the Swan Valley Heritage Trail, a 12-kilometre bike ride passes places rich in history, interesting characters and stunning views. The path suits riders of all ages and fitness levels. With a stunning showcase of scenic roads, fresh produce stalls, picnic spots, exciting galleries and world-class wineries and restaurants, the ride will surely be enjoyable and memorable.

 

6. Caversham Wildlife Park

 

Caversham Wildlife Park

Feeding the kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park. Photo: Pinterest

 

Enjoy a Farm Show, meet the wombats and possums, have a photo with koalas, meet kangaroos, go on a camel ride or visit Molly's Farm at Caversham Wildlife Park inside Whiteman Park. There are also wedge-tailed eagles, a crocodile, pythons, Tasmanian devils and many more birds, reptiles and mammals for visitors to enjoy.

 

7. The Maze - Home of the Outback Splash Family Fun Park

 

The Maze

Water slides and maze. Photo: The Maze - Home of the Outback Splash Family Fun Park

 

Offering Australia's largest water slide playground, The Maze, Home of Outback Splash is an adventure heaven and playground for the kids. Kids can get lost in five different mazes, play nine holes of mini golf, jump on the giant jumping pillow, meet native animals and more. You can enjoy a tasty home meal, snacks and great coffee at Café Iguana with their shady picnic areas and free gas BBQ facilities.

 

 8. Whiteman Park

 

Whiteman Park

Vintage train at Whiteman Park. Photo: whitemanpark.com.au

 

Wander through the Children's Forest, discover rich transport heritage in the three museums and travel around the park on a vintage train or tram at Whiteman Park, a popular recreation and conservation reserve. It also has walking and cycle trails, playgrounds, a splash pool, village shops and pristine picnic grounds with BBQ facilities.

 

9. Historic Guildford

 

Guildford

Guildford's old, historic buildings. Photo: Mingor.net

 

Guildford is probably the most historically rich corner of Perth and home to some beautiful old colonial buildings. Quaint, picturesque and brimming with tales from the past, Guildford, the gateway to the Swan Valley, delights with its stunning sights and remarkable stories. You can enjoy a host of walk trails around Guilford that showcase the town’s history and old buildings that has been preserved beautifully.

 

10. Walyunga National Park

 

Walyunga National Park

Swan River at Walyunga National Park. Photo: metrotrekker.com

 

Visit the beautiful and scenic Walyunga National Park in Bullsbrook. With the Swan River running through the centre of the park, it forms a string of calm pools along the valley floor in summer, a raging torrent of rapids in winter and one of Australia's best white-water canoeing courses. With its variety of trail, this hidden gem is also great for picnics, weekend camping and hiking.