Weekend Winter Getaway to The Swan Valley
Get the gang together! It’s time for a (short) road trip to the iconic Swan Valley.
This nearly 200 year-old region is packed with more than 150 attractions, including world-class food and drink, markets and picturesque natural beauty. The best part? It’s only a 25 minute drive from Perth.
To help you plan your next escape to the Swan Valley, we’ve created the ultimate itinerary for a romantic getaway, girls’ trip or a wholesome weekend away with your closest pals.
Day 1 | Let’s trail!
Today, you’re invited to embark on a journey of world-class artisan produce handmade in the Swan Valley. Get set to experience the best of the Swan Valley on the Sweet Temptations Trail, a mouth-watering artisan adventure. Sample the finest French macarons, scrumptious nougat, gourmet nuts, delicious cakes, handmade chocolate and pure honey sourced straight from the hive. But it doesn’t stop there. The Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail includes signature fortified wines and sparkling moscato handcrafted by local winemakers.
Join the Beekeepers at The House of Honey to learn about the importance and history of Australian beekeeping. The House of Honey is a sanctuary for local bees and hives with an onsite cafe, bee safaris, workshops, tours and more.
Olive Farm Wines is WA’s oldest winery and offers an extensive range of fortified wines, sweet and dry sparkling, and white and red table wines.
Discover the secrets, traditions and free tastings of Mondo Nougat as you watch the magic happen from the special viewing area. Then, be tempted by the range of homemade treats and warm up with a Mondo Nougat deluxe hot chocolate.
Next up on the trail is Morish Nuts. Here, you can sample handcrafted roasted premium Australian nuts with natural flavours. Witness the art of confectionery-making through the viewing window before tasting the delicious products. Highly addictive and delicious, the nuts come in various sweet and savoury combinations including wasabi macadamias, hot and spicy cashews and coffee-glazed macadamias.
Morish Nuts | Swan Valley
Another favourite along the trail is Whistler’s Chocolate Company – WA’s oldest chocolatier. For over 50 years Whistler's Chocolate Company has been making traditional chocolates and confectionery from recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Be sure to collect all your favourite produce along the way to complement the ultimate grazing platter to enjoy alongside a great bottle of wine back at your accommodation.
From resorts to family-friendly farm stays and budget-friendly holiday parks, the Swan Valley has plenty of spaces to relax and reboot.
Make The Colony your luxe basecamp from which to enjoy all Mandoon Estate and the Swan Valley region has to offer. This exclusive enclave is made up of 32 beautifully appointed rooms, overlooking historic vines and the banks of the Swan River. Once the sun sets, head to the Homestead Brewery for relaxed vibes and a menu full of big, bold flavours to complement the craft brews.
Enter ultimate relaxation mode at The Vines Resort this winter. Play a game of tennis, squash or golf or completely relax and indulge with a treatment at the award-winning Keishi Day Spa. For dinner, enjoy a la carte dining and cocktails at the celebrated Muscat’s Restaurant.
Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley | Swan Valley
Day 2 | Let’s unwind!
After a slow morning, head to Yahava KoffeeWorks for the Swan Valley’s best coffee. As soon as you enter, the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee will be the first delight you encounter. Discover how the coffee is brewed and learn the secrets of an excellent roast. Yahava KoffeeWorks offers free tastings of coffee from all over the world. See more Swan Valley coffee spots.
Let’s wander. Bells Rapids is a dream for walkers. Experience the beauty of the Swan Valley region as you explore the streams and waterfalls along the stunning nature walks beside the Avon River. Keep your eyes peeled for beautiful grey kangaroos while you take in the scenic countryside views and enjoy life at a slower pace.
funk 2.0 | Swan Valley
Now that you’ve walked up an appetite, it’s time to get funky at funk 2.0. The brothers behind Caversham’s Funk Cider House have created a second venue with cosy indoor seating and WA’s longest beer tap serving a rotation of ciders, beers and experimental flavours. The funk 2.0 kitchen is dishing up a seasonal menu designed to pair perfectly with Funk’s creative beverages. This winter, expect soul-warming plates of sticky lamb ribs, cauliflower fried in cider batter and confit duck leg with cider jus.
It’s almost time to say goodbye to the Swan Valley. Finish your weekend at one of 40 world-class wineries. Our pick? Sandalford Wines. This historic Swan Valley Estate has one of WA’s largest cellar doors. Sandalford Wines has been making superb WA wines for more than 180 years. Taste wines, purchase premium gifts, and take a bottle home to remind you of your incredible Swan Valley adventure.
Escape to the Swan Valley with Destination Perth this winter.