Feeling burned out and yearning to get away to nature?
If two months till Chrissy seems too long to wait, we get ya, and we reckon it really is too long! But the good news is, you actually don't have to wait: the best of the countryside is practically on our doorstep!
Nestled a mere one hour drive from Perth City, Chittering is home to the quaint townships of Bindoon, Muchea and Wannamal. The scenery is sensational, with gorgeous lush valleys filled with orchards and vineyards, the serene Julimar State Forest, wildflowers galore, and cute little roadside stalls yielding the perfect produce for your picnic basket.
Chittering is an ideal day-trip getaway, or take a Spring staycation to remember at a farm stay, B&B or guest house. Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic couples’ getaway or fun for the whole family, whether it’s wine trails or adventure trails, you’ll find so many reasons to love Chittering.
Eat & Drink
Want to meet friendly growers, sample fresh produce and get to know where your food comes from? Chittering won't disappoint! Follow the Chittering Farm Flavour Trail to discover a winery or two, and unearth a bounty of fresh, seasonal and truly delish produce, or while away your day on the Eat, Pick, Grow Trail, spanning Wanneroo and Chittering with market gardens, picking experiences, and lots of specialist plant outlets giving advice on how to turn your thumb green.
October is a perfect time for foodies to visit Chittering, and enjoy a taste of Chittering quite literally - at the A Taste of Chittering festival. Chittering's two day annual festival showcases the produce, wine and country lifestyle of the greater Chittering region, with delish things galore! Taste the freshest local produce, enjoy the award-winning goods from Chittering's unique wineries and breweries, and explore what makes Chittering such a unique place.
If you're a lover of baked goods (and really, who isn’t?), you’re going to love the famous Bindoon Bakehaus & Cafe! An award winning bakery-cafe, they offer a huge variety of sweets, savouries, bread and hot pastries, with classics like Aussie steak pies, French vanillas and lamingtons, as well as seasonal and show-stopping products. Omnomnom.
Chittering is known for its fantastic wineries, and rightly so! Stringybark Winery, Restaurant and Function Centre is a fantastic fully-licensed dining and event venue, and is one of the oldest wineries in the Chittering Valley. Their award-winning wines are some of the best in the region, and they're only available direct from the winery which makes the experience ever-so-exclusive. Their food is delish too - whether your favorite is fresh seafood, delicious duck, the very best in lamb and beef dishes or tasty vegetarian, you will find it at Stringybark (and leave some room for dessert - yummo!)
Nesci Estate Wine Farm are well worth a visit. Established in 1948, they produce delicious wines, ports and liqueurs from more than a dozen grape varieties, grown on 60 acres of Chittering's best grape growing soils. In addition to the vineyard, it is also a working cattle farm. Enjoy one of their gourmet local produce platters to share, paired with a glass of their wine, or locally made beer or cider as you sit on their shaded lawns and enjoy a perfect Spring picnic (platters must be ordered in advance via their Facebook page). They also regularly hold events and performances, so keep an eye out.
There's no fruit as delicious as the fruit you pick yourself, and Chittering's Golden Grove Orchard is the place to do it! With an array of seasonal fruits on offer, including Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Lemons, Pomegranates and more, no matter what time of year you choose to visit, there is always something to pick. Make sure you stop in at the Packing Shed, where you can purchase fruit by the kilogram, and freshly squeezed juices made right on site at Golden Grove Orchard. Finally, join one of the friendly farmers on a Tractor tour around a citrus Orchard; during the tour, you can pick and taste delicious citrus fruit and take some home with you.
There's also plenty of family fun to be had at the annual A Taste of Chittering, held each October, with an array of roaming entertainment throughout the weekend, live music, talented performers and live cooking demonstrations - something for everyone! And your mini farmers will absolutely adore the Little Farmer Corner, with a huge range of free activities including cuddling kid goats, lambs, chickens and rabbits at Old MacDonald's Travelling Farm. You can also experience the local wildlife up-close with joeys, cockatoos and bobtail lizards brought along by the Chittering Wildlife Carers.
Finally, aspiring green thumbs of all ages will love Thrive Sustainability - The Edible Gardens, a family-operated nursery run with the intention to educate and inspire others to grow their own organic food. Browse a huge array of fruit and nut trees, native bush tucker plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, veggie seedlings and more.
If you're looking for a deeper understanding of what makes Chittering tick, and expert knowledge on the best bits, visit the Chittering Visitor Centre for local advice tailored to your interests - the passionate Chittering experts would be delighted to share their knowledge of this very special place with you!
You can also take yourself on a tour, and there's some great ones on offer. Let’s start with AmazingCo Experiences' Chittering Mystery Picnic: a unique experience that combines picnicking with, well, mystery. Starting with a picnic basket, have fun solving personally curated clues and riddles that’ll take you on a journey to collect your special gourmet picnic food bit by bit. Each clue you solve will lead you closer to your next picnic food pickup and even closer to your final stunning secret picnic spot. Ama~zing!
Next, Ziyarah Tours is a small family-owned fully licensed tour operator that has been introducing the best of Perth and surrounds to visitors and locals for five years now; husband-and-wife team Arzelan and Faridah are avid explorers themselves, having discovered many hidden gems that they're proud to share. With Ziyarah Tours, you can enjoy a day adventure for fruit-picking at Chittering, sandboarding at Lancelin or chilling at Moore River.
The valiant team behind Adventurous Women offer a variety of fascinating experiences for women adventurers such as hiking, fishing, orienteering, 4WDing and more; on their upcoming Chatting in Chittering tour on 8 November(8th Nov), they’ll depart from the orchard, walk amongst the wildflowers and enjoy the views before a delicious morning tea, then heading to the Avon National Park for some hiking - home to WA's own famous bushranger Moondyne Joe.
Finally, enjoy delicious fare and the universe itself with GPS Adventure Tours' Stargazing Swan Valley and Chittering Valley Dinner Tour. Experience the magic of dining under the stars at Enderslea early settlers farm in picturesque Chittering Valley. Sit back and relax with a glass of Swan Valley wine and watch the night sky light up. This tour includes access to the latest Astronomy Equipment to help you get the most out of your stargazing experience.
With so much to do in Chittering, you'll want to stay a while - and with places this gorgeous for your staycation, you may well want to do as little as possible! Relax and enjoy the countryside vibes of Enderslie House Bed & Breakfast, where you can enjoy country style hospitality with tasty home cooked meals, and six beautifully decorated bedrooms. Take a stroll around the 2-hectare property through the Avocado Orchard, down past the animal enclosures. Experience the alpacas, sheep, kangaroos & pet emu’s feeding right out of your hand, or just mingle with the ducks, chickens & guinea fowl. In the early morning enjoy the visiting blue wrens as they feed around the verandahs. It's like magic!
Next, Alan & Eve's Eden B&B truly does feel like a Garden of Eden, nestled within 5 acres of bushland and surrounded by tall jarrah and marri trees - total seclusion. They specialise in country living at its most luxurious best; whenever possible their breakfasts are made from local produce grown on the property and fresh eggs from their chickens. You can spend your day enjoying the outdoor spa, listening to the beautiful birds and watching the kangaroos lazing and playing with their joeys in this earthly paradise.
So, don't put off your countryside adventure any longer. Head to Chittering and have an amazing time exploring Perth's Countryside!