Discover the Swan Valley, WA's oldest wine growing region right on Perth's doorstep.

Located 25 minutes from Perth City, the Swan Valley's welcome is as warm as the sun that ripens the grapes. Visitors are embraced as if they are old friends, drawn in by a sharing and inclusive nature.

Rising from the rich earth and crowned by endless blue skies, the Swan Valley landscape is different from any other in Perth, stretching from the historic town of Guildford to the undulating green hills of Chittering. It's a place where schedules aren’t needed, and clocks shouldn’t be watched. In fact, we encourage people to slow down, take time and relax, or run the risk of missing one of life's greatest adventures. 

Understated but not underrated, the Swan Valley’s many attractions & activities make this a must-visit destination. Known as a food lover’s haven, a wine connoisseur’s delight and a naturalist's dream. Visitors are spoilt for choice by the raw, natural environment and the wonderful people that live and work here.

Voted the best visitor centre in the country, the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford can help visitors get the most out of their Swan Valley visit. The centre's passionate staff members know the Swan Valley inside and out and back to front and can tell visitors all the hidden nooks and crannies, the award winners, the family friendly places, the romantic spots, the natural wonders and the many interactive experiences on offer.

If time allows, spend a few days discovering this stunning region and stay locally at one of the many accommodation choices. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets from five-star resorts, caravan parks, farm stays or chic boutique guesthouses. A visit to the Swan Valley will leave you with lasting memories and a longing to return.

What to do in the Swan Valley

There are plenty of exciting attractions, activities and things to do in the stunning Swan Valley.

  • Discover all the region has to offer along a Swan Valley Trail - there are seven themed trails to follow!
  • Watch out for free tastings of local preserves, dried fruit, chocolate and nuts and 
  • Take a boat cruise from Perth City along the Swan River to the Swan Valley.
  • Take a wander around Guildford's historic shopping precincts or follow a heritage walk or cycle trail.
  • Look out for roadside stalls and weekend markets which have the freshest seasonal locally grown produce available from fresh asparagus to table grapes, tangerines, citrus and berries.
  • Book a Swan Valley tour for free at the Visitor Centre.
  • Visit the many art and craft galleries and artist's studios.
  • Follow a scenic walking trail or wildflower trail and discover the surrounding natural bushland and national and regional parks.
  • Explore the Swan Valley a little differently on a horse-drawn wagon ride.
  • Travel to Chittering in the northern hills of the Swan Valley.

Family fun & activities in the Swan Valley

The Swan Valley isn't just for adults! It is the ideal place to let the kids run free and indulge in their love of nature, tasty treats and outdoor activities. The Swan Valley Visitor Centre offers two fun activities for families, The Great Valley Rally and Amazing Valley Chase. Similar to a treasure hunt, participants follow cryptic clues to help find their way along a specific route through the valley. The rallies can be done any day of the year and families are presented with certificates and prizes at the finish line.

Whiteman Park is a popular recreation and conservation reserve. Wander through the Children's Forest, discover our rich transport heritage in the three museums and travel around the park on a vintage train or tram. The park also has walking and cycle trails, playgrounds, a splash pool, village shops and pristine picnic grounds with BBQ facilities. Whiteman Park is also home to Caversham Wildlife Park where kids can enjoy the Farm Show, have a photo with koalas, meet kangaroos, go on a camel ride, or visit Molly's Farm.

Perth's Outback Splash in Bullsbrook offers Australia's largest water slide playground with an abundance of attractions for kids and kids at heart. Get lost in five different mazes, play nine holes of mini golf, jump on the giant jumping pillow, meet native animals and more. There's loads of shady picnic areas and free gas BBQ facilities, or you can enjoy a tasty home meal, snacks and great coffee at Café Iguana.

Families can also see farm animals at the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm, reptiles at the West Australian Reptile Park, try yummy chocolate at Whistler's Chocolate Company, play a round of mini or supa golf at Novotel Vines Resort and Oasis Supagolf, and go on a horse-drawn wagon ride!

The Swan Valley also has a range of producers passing on their knowledge with visitors. Become an Apprentice Chocolatier for a day, learn to make traditional French macarons or learn about wine and cheese pairing. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the region, and there is something delicious to suit every age and palate.

History and heritage attractions in the Swan Valley

With its wide-open spaces, vineyard vistas and plenty of fresh country air, the Swan Valley is the perfect place for a walk or cycle to take in the wonderful history of the region. The picturesque village of Guildford was established during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829 and today it’s one of only three towns in Perth on the National Trust register.

Exquisite colonial architecture is just the tip of the iceberg in the Swan Valley. There are also fascinating museums, churches, theatre houses and the oldest wineries in the state to discover nearby.

The Swan Valley's history starts more than 40,000 years ago with the original custodians of the land, the Noongar Aboriginal people of the Whadjuk tribe. The Whadjuk people have a deep connection with the land and tell of a Dreamtime serpent, the Waugal which once travelled across the country, carving out the Swan Valley and the Swan River. They say the Waugal still lives deep beneath the Swan River waters to this day.

The Swan Valley is also home to the oldest vines in the state. WA's first vines were planted at Olive Farm Wines in 1829, just one year after the colony was settled. By 1950, Houghton, Sandalford, John Kosovich, Pinelli Estate, Garbin Estate and Talijancich wineries were all boasting flourishing vines. Most of these vintage vines are still family owned and run by descendants with generations of passionate winemaking in their blood.

The Swan Valley Heritage Trails are one way to get to know the area's history, and with flat grounds that are lush and green the walks are accessible to most abilities. The Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail takes in the rich history, interesting characters and natural elements of the Swan Valley. The trail is signposted with interesting historical characters and facts, there are plenty of rest stops and there are lots of cycle friendly businesses that are set up to make your visit via bicycle easy and enjoyable. 

Plan your trip to the Swan Valley

Find the top accommodation, attractions, tours and things to do in the Swan Valley to help plan your trip.

Novotel Vines - Hotel vineyard

Swan Valley Accommodation

Spend a few days discovering the Swan Valley and stay at one of the many accommodation choices with something to suit all tastes and budgets. 

Food and drink, Swan Valley

Swan Valley Food and Drink

The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail will take you past more than 150 wineries, boutique breweries, produce makers restaurants and cafes.

Caversham Wildlife Park, Swan Valley

Swan Valley Attractions

The Swan Valley doesn't only offer experiences for foodies, you'll also find a range of fun, family-friendly attractions and activities.

Wine Tasting, Swan Valley

Swan Valley Tours

One of the best ways to explore the Swan Valley is by guided tour. Choose from a range of land and cruise options including wine tasting, lunch, coffee tasting and more.

Explore the Swan Valley

You won’t be left wondering what to do in the Swan Valley with an abundance of markets, trails and wineries to explore.

Coffee tastings at Yahava Koffeeworks, Swan Valley

Swan Valley coffee spots

The Swan Valley doesn't just offer wine, there are countless cafes and restaurants offering breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea.

Maggie's Place Farmers Market, Swan Valley

Swan Valley Markets

The Swan Valley is bursting with gourmet foods and fresh produce, with a number of markets to buy them from.

Padbury Stores, Guildford, Swan Valley

Swan Valley heritage trails

The Swan Valley's historical heart, Guildford, boasts pristine examples of European settlement buildings. Established on what is virtually an island encircled by the Swan and Helena Rivers. 

Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail

Swan Valley cycle trails

Explore the Swan Valley along the Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail an easy 10km (one-way) trail.

Bells Rapids, Swan Valley

Swan Valley walking trails

The Swan Valleys natural attractions are also worth exploring, there are number of walking trails to be found along the scenic Swan River and within the nature reserves in the area.

Swan Valley Trails

Swan Valley Trails

The Swan Valley is home to over 40 world-class wineries, six boutique breweries, cideries and distilleries as well as restaurants and cafés, art galleries, local produce and family attractions. Discover all this and more on one of the themed trails in the region.

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Swan Valley Trails

Sampling the delectable produce is one of the best things to do while visiting the Swan Valley. Check out these trails below showcasing some of the best produce the Swan Valley has to offer!

 
Swan Valley Gin Company

Swan Valley Distillery Trail

The Swan Valley Distillery Trail is the only one of its kind in Australia where visitors can experience five distinct and very different award-winning distilleries in less than a day. Taste, touch, smell and hear the stories of the botanicals that create unique flavours and at some cellar doors.

Sweet Temptations Trail

Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail

The Sweet Temptations Trail, is a mouthwatering artisan adventure close to Perth City, trailing through the Swan Valley. Discover a sample of the lovely produce handmade and created in the region.

Swan Valley Cider and Ale Trail

Explore the sparkling ciders and boutique ales of the Swan Valley. Whether you’re after a relaxing Sunday session in the outdoors, an afternoon in a rustic pub, a German beer hall experience, or a gorgeous vineyard setting, there is something to suit every taste. 

Swan Valley Fine Wine Trail, Sandalford Wines

Swan Valley Fine Wine Trail

Sample some of the Swan Valley's most exquisite drops along the Fine Wine Trail, featuring some of the best and most typical wines found in the region.

Swan Valley fresh produce

Swan Valley Fresh Produce Trail

The Swan Valley has a wide and diverse range of fresh seasonal produce for you to enjoy any time of year. The trail route changes with the season so you can find the regions most flavoursome and abundant produce for when you are visiting.

Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery, Seeds

Swan Valley Bush Tucker and Beyond Trail

Before European settlement, the Swan Valley region provided substantial seasonal food sources to the Wadjuk people. Taste traditional bush tucker on this unique trail through the Swan Valley.

Kids in the Valley Trail

Kids in the Valley Trail

Whether it's the excitement of seeing some of Western Australia's coolest reptiles, enjoying delicious chocolate and ice cream, playing a round of mini golf, or giving the cutest baby animals a big hug, the Kids in the Valley Trail has something for everyone.

Swan Valley Art and Wine Trail

Swan Valley Wine & Art, Off the Beaten Track Trail

The Swan Valley is home to some of the most talented winemakers and artists that you will ever meet. This trail is an authentic meet-the-maker experience. Discover the creative talent behind family owned and operated wineries, handcrafted products and stunning artistic works.

What's on in the Swan Valley

Check out some of the upcoming events and festivals taking place in the Swan Valley

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    The AFL Premiership Cup is coming to Sandalford Estate for the 2021 Premiership Lunch on 23 September 2021. Presented by Sports Entertainment Network and hosted...
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    With spring just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get your kids out of the house. Swan Valley Adventure Centre will be having a Survivor-themed day...
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    Spring is in the air and after a long wet winter, the Swan Valley's makers, growers and artisans can’t wait to welcome you back to Entwined in the Valley. It's...
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    Join Sandalford Executive Chef Alan Spagnolo, Senior Winemaker Ross Pamment and Vineyard Manager Ben Maher as they host an evening of epicurean delight. 1840 at...
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    Celebrate award winning wines as you enjoy a long table feast packed full of fine Swan Valley produce prepared by Oakover’s gun chef. Your ticket includes your...
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    Would you like a glass of sparkling, traditional method or champagne? Find out the answer to this question and many more during a unique opportunity to...
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    Are you ready to enjoy Germany's biggest festival in the Swan Valley's largest BIERGARTEN? It's the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a day of...
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    Market Day at Elmar's in the Valley, Swan Valley with stalls featuring jewellery, candles, cupcakes, honey, jams, chutney and more. There will also be live...

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Swan Valley Visitor Centre, Swan Valley

Swan Valley Visitor Centre

Located on the corner of Meadow and Swan Streets in Guildford the Swan Valley Visitor Centre is your one-stop shop for all planning your day in the Swan Valley.

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Perth comes alive with colour in Spring with stunning wildflowers, amazing wildlife encounters and a variety of events and festivals to keep you busy all season long... that's Perth in spring.

 

 

Watch the Swan Valley

Experience the beauty and excitement of the Swan Valley in this video series.