Cheese, Chocolate & Beer in the Swan Valley!
This article was written by Alex Hamilton from Beer Is OK – A local Perth beer blog with unique and handy guides to local breweries, venues, bottle shops and tours in Perth and Country WA.
Exploring the Swan Valley Region
The Swan Valley, half an hour north of Perth, is home to many unique attractions, activities and delicious local produce. While the list of things to do in the Swan Valley could go on forever, this is a tribute to three of the best delicacies you can find in the area: cheese, chocolate and beer.
Savoury, sweet, delicious – how could you go wrong.
If you’re planning to tour the Swan Valley region, including some delicious local producers and perhaps a Swan Valley brewery, we recommend visiting these five decadent locations.
Get Brie-zy & Cheesy in the Swan Valley
Ready for a gouda time?
Start your next adventure through the Swan Valley region right by tasting some delicious local cheeses from around the world. Great for adults and kids alike, these local cheese businesses allow you to try a range of cheeses sure to please your taste buds.
· The Cheese Shop – Swan Valley
Want to explore and taste cheeses from around the world without the need to travel?
The Cheese Shop is located at the Swan Settlers Valley Market every weekend and provides a hub for unique cheeses from around the world. The small team are always on the lookout and excited to find new and unusual cheese from around the world to be enjoyed by locals and tourists.
Oh, and they do tastings so you can try before you buy!
· The Cheese Maker
It’s time for you to get involved.
Thanks to Tanya from The Cheese Maker, you can learn how to make your own cheese from home. Taught from Olive Farm Wines in the Swan Valley, Tanya will guide you through the whole cheese-making process with half and full-day courses available.
Be sure to book ahead for this one as courses are scheduled and tickets are limited.
Have a Chocolatey Sweet Time
Now that we have our savoury seekers sorted, it’s time for something a tad sweeter… chocolate.
The Swan Valley is home to two local chocolate companies who, while offering a huge selection of sweet treats, also offer free tastings to get your taste buds jumping. Indulge in some delicious chocolatey treats and check out the amazing chocolate sculptures all while supporting local producers at the same time.
· Whistler’s Chocolate Co.
A Swan Valley chocolate factory with a rich family history of over 40 years.
Whistler’s Chocolate Co. is home to some of the best chocolate available in the west, packaged in perfect take-home packs and gift boxes. Stop in to taste some of their wild and wonderful creations, enjoy a freshly crafted hot chocolate and look on in awe of their large chocolate sculptures.
Be sure to grab a bag of your favourites, nothing beats taking a bit of your adventure home to enjoy later.
· The Margaret River Chocolate Company – Swan Valley
Chocolate so delicious that it could not be contained to the south-west of WA any longer.
The Margaret River Chocolate Company brought their hundreds of delicious recipes north to the Swan Valley, right on west swan road. Pop in with your travel group or your kids to taste their range of chocolate flavours including milk, dark, white and many more.
You can even pick up a cheeky bottle of chocolate liqueur for the grownups to enjoy later that night.
Cool Off with a Swan Valley Brewery
Now for our favourite part… Beer!
While cheese and chocolate are two down-right delicious meals (we can count them as meals, right?), you’ll want to wet your lips after a day of taste testing sweet and savoury goods. Whether you’ve travelled from overseas, travelled interstate or a local touring through the Swan Valley, there’s one brewery you just cannot miss.
· Elmar’s in the Valley
If you’re looking for authentic and delicious German beer, the only place to visit in the Swan Valley is Elmar’s in the Valley.
Featuring four core range beers and a selection of seasonal brews served in classic one-litre steins, Elmar’s in the Valley is the perfect destination no matter the size of your travel group. Stop in for a delicious lunch and pint or enjoy an early afternoon dinner overlooking the huge two-acre beer garden – Prost!
While you’re there, be sure to pick up a few German small goods to indulge your taste buds at a later date. Match your authentic German ham, liverwursts or salami with a few takeaway cans of your favourite beer and you’ll be ready for a delicious night of snacking and sipping.
There you have it, five must visit locations in the Swan Valley.
Whether cheese, chocolate or beer is more your thing, visiting some of these locations is sure to please everyone in your travel group, sweet and savoury.