What To Do In The Swan Valley

Perth may be famous for its endless stretch of pristine coastline, but if you head east for just a few kilometres, you’ll discover something equally amazing that’s also putting this unique city on the world map.  The beautiful Swan Valley.

That’s right, the Swan Valley has become a must-visit destination for tourists as well as locals because of its rural charm, vibrant and friendly community and ever-expanding range of things to do.  Best of all, the delights of the Swan Valley are less than 30 minutes’ drive from Perth – putting it within easy reach for a memorable day out.

The Swan Valley is more than just an award-winning wine region (in fact, it’s Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region), it’s home to a mouth-watering array of gourmet, artisan, historical, natural and scenic attractions that will keep even the most energetic visitor busy for weeks!  No wonder it’s called the ‘valley of taste’.

Deciding what to do in the Swan Valley is like trying to pick your favourite candy in a lolly shop.  So many choices – so many favourites!  The great news is that there’s something for everyone, so whether you’re introducing your kids to some of Australia’s most unique animals at a wildlife centre, celebrating a mate’s 21st at a craft brewery, hiking or biking with family and friends or taking granny out for a special birthday lunch in a magnificent heritage building, there are things to do for all ages and stages.

The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is a great start – and with over 150 places to visit on the 32-kilometre scenic loop, you’re sure to find more than a few favourites along the way.  The trail is well signposted and maps are downloadable or available from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, making it so easy to plan your trip.

If culture and history are your thing, you’ll love the charming village of Guildford with its many fine old buildings, fascinating museums, antique shops and rich cultural legacy.   Step back in time on the Guildford Heritage Walk or for a more energetic historical experience, you can pedal your way along the Heritage Cycle Trail.

In fact, if you’re a cyclist,  – you’ll find many safe and scenic routes all through the Swan Valley providing hours of energetic fun for both serious and recreational riders.  The same goes for walkers, with plenty of trail options including short 20-minute meanders to breathtaking bushland hikes.

The Swan Valley is also packed with entertainment choices.  If you’re an animal lover, there are reptile parks, petting farms, wildlife encounters, horse-riding activities and more.  If you’re a culture vulture, you can feed your imagination exploring the many art and sculpture galleries, learn about Australia’s indigenous heritage or browse through creative craft markets.   In many of the places, you’ll meet the artists themselves and experience why the Swan Valley is known for its friendly, vibrant and talented locals.  You may even want to attend a creative writing or painting workshop, a boomerang-throwing demonstration, a cooking course or a live bronze casting – the list is endless.

With so much to see and do, the Swan Valley is the perfect place for a family day out in the fresh air and beautiful country atmosphere.    From chocolate factories, ice-cream factories and honey farms (all with free tastings of course), mazes and adventure parks to mini golf, pedal boats, farmyards and child-friendly museums, the kids won’t be bored.

In fact, most of the restaurants, wineries and other dining options are all kid-friendly and offer welcome distractions in the form of playgrounds and activity centres so that the adults can get on with the serious business of wine and beer tasting and sampling the culinary delights of the valley!  There are more than 40 boutique vineyards in the valley and very often, you’ll meet the winemakers and owners at the cellar door who’ll personally introduce you to some of the best red, white and fortified wines in the state.

Another fabulous thing to do is to explore the local breweries and taste the impressive range of award-winning local beers that are being produced in the Swan Valley.  A highlight is always a visit to Elmar’s in the Valley, a unique German-themed brewery, beer garden and restaurant where you’ll enjoy an inviting rustic atmosphere, delicious European food, friendly hospitality, scenic surrounds and of course, tasty Bavarian brew.  Find out about their regular special events by calling 08 9296 6354 or plan your Swan Valley brewery tour here.

The Swan Valley looks forward to welcoming YOU!



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