Things To Do In The Swan Valley
There’s never a dull moment in the Swan Valley – not just because there are so many amazing things to do and places to visit there, but also because there’s always something new on the go.
It’s always been known for its unique creative energy, so it’s not surprising that the Swan Valley community continually comes up with new events and attractions to tantalise even the most jaded tourist.
How does a hands-on workshop on the art of making traditional chorizo and cacciatore sausages sound? Or spending a morning with a permaculture expert learning how to beat (and eat!) weeds? Does exploring a twilight hawkers’ market where you can taste delectable cuisine from around the globe, browse handcrafted wares and enjoy live entertainment and free kids activities appeal to you? What about a lazy, long table lunch on a gentle autumn afternoon? Or a ‘swap, shuffle and share’ day where you arrive with something you don’t need anymore and leave with something extraordinary?
These are just some of the exciting things happening in the Swan Valley over the coming weeks and months – and there are plenty more on offer every week of the year. Simply search your browser for ‘Things to do in the Swan Valley’ or give the Swan Valley Visitor Centre a call on 08 9207 8899 for more information on the event calendar.
But aside from the ever-changing array of events, the Swan Valley is choc-a-block full with permanent activities and things to do that will provide hours (make that weeks!) of entertainment for the whole family.
From wine and beer tasting, gourmet delights, animal encounters, nature escapes, healthy outdoor activities, arts, crafts and shopping right through to historical attractions and museums, cultural immersions, adventure rides, farm-stay experiences and music and theatre, the range of mouth-watering, spine-chilling, bone-tingling, hair-raising and jaw-dropping activities has earned the Swan Valley its title of ‘A world of surprises just minutes away’. Remember, it’s less than half an hour’s drive from the centre of Perth so it’s very manageable for a day trip or even just a morning or afternoon’s worth of fun.
Here are a few highlights to whet your appetite:
Kids will love Whiteman Park, Caversham Wildlife Park, The Maze at Bullsbrook, the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, The Margaret River Chocolate Factory (OK, make that one for the whole family!), Paintball Skirmish, Oggy’s Ice creamery, WA Reptile Park, Oasis Supa Golf and horse-drawn wagon tours.
If you’re looking for some other fun things to do with the whole family, you really should consider the Great Valley Rally and the Amazing Valley Chase. These car rallies are similar to a treasure hunt whereby participants follow cryptic clues along a designated route to complete a puzzle, with certificates for all finishers. Each takes about three hours to complete with participants navigating themselves around the courses and experiencing the Swan River’s many attractions along the way. You can do them any day of the year – simply download the instructions and clue sheets from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre’s website.
If arts, crafts and culture are more your thing, you can visit the myriad galleries, markets, museums, historical buildings, artists’ studios, potteries and sculpture parks dotted around the valley. The Gomboc gallery, Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery, Linton and Kay Galleries, Taylor’s Art and Coffee House and the Battistessa metal forging studio are just some of the fascinating options.
History buffs are spoilt for choice with plenty of interesting museums to visit including the Revolutions Transport Heritage Museum and the Motor Museum, as well as the many fine colonial buildings in and around Guildford to explore. You can also step back in time on the Guildford Heritage Walking Trails.
And if outdoor activities appeal to you, the Swan Valley has a huge variety of walking and cycling trails for everyone to enjoy. From those wanting a gentle stretch of the legs to experienced athletes needing an adrenaline fix, you’re spoilt for choice.
And with all that fresh air and activity, you’ll definitely be thirsty and hungry – and what better place to be than the Swan Valley with over 100 places to eat and drink! There are too many to list here, but if you download the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail, you can plan your gastronomic route along 32kms of scenic countryside, taking in wineries, breweries, distilleries, cafes, beer gardens, coffee shops, restaurants, takeaways, picnic spots – you name it!
However, there is one place that’s not to be missed – and that’s Elmar’s in the Valley. This unique German-themed brewery has everything that a hungry and thirsty family could ever want, and more. A relaxed vibe, warm Bavarian hospitality, a picturesque vineyard setting, children’s playground, smallgoods shop, restaurant and beer garden and of course, award-winning craft beers and a delicious menu – so make a day of it and see why a trip to Elmar’s is rated as one of the best things to do in the Swan Valley. Find out more by visiting www.elmars.com.au or call them on 08 9296 6354.