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 (Derbarl Yerrigan) 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 (Derbarl Yerrigan). They say the Waugal still lives deep beneath the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) 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.
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Swan Valley Trails
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