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There is a range of accommodation in the valley; choose from spa retreats to B&Bs. There are
also a number of well-appointed caravan parks – a popular alternative when attending one of
the many outdoor music events.
If you’re visiting outside the weekend, it’s best to plan your itinerary before you leave. Most
businesses are open 9am to 4pm, however some are closed earlier in the week. There are only
a handful of restaurants open for dinner midweek, so making enquiries beforehand is a must.
Summer is big in the Swan Valley – the white varieties of the previous harvest are released
in spring, and the region is bustling come summer. During the warmer months many of the
breweries have great Sunday sessions with live music.
FOR THE FAMILY
Whiteman Park features (among other things) tennis, bike-riding, a trip on the
trains or trams, and the mini-waterpark.
Wildlife encounters – choose from some of the best animal and wildlife parks and
experiences on offer. Some offer accommodation, too.
West Swan Road has sporting activities such laser tag, supa-golf, paintballing and
adventure mini-golf, all within a short walk of each other. For older teenagers,
there is also sumo-suit wrestling.
The Great Valley Rally is a wonderful way to explore the valley with the kids by
solving clues – and it’s free.
Walk and cycle along the many well-signposted shared-use paths
grab a brochure from any visitor centre.
Visit the many eateries – most offer free samples including chocolate,
nougat and ice-cream.
Watch bees make honey... and then sample it.
Go fishing by Barkers Bridge in Guildford.
Various parks offer playgrounds and picnic spots. Most wineries and breweries
have safe play areas for kids, some even provide pizzamaking activities.
MIDLAND FARMERS MARKET
The Midland Farmers’ Market, every Sunday behind the Town Hall Clock, is a great
spot for fresh-food shopping and a stroll through some stalls while listening to music.
GUILDFORD HERITAGE MARKETS
Specialising in a variety of unique hand-made items, this boutique market is held on
the third Sunday of every month at the Guildford Town Hall.
WESTERN MUDD RUSH
Prepare to get seriously filthy during this brutal challenge at the State Equestrian
Centre in Brigadoon. The 9km obstacle course isn’t for the faint-hearted: the event
includes ice, crawling, climbing and a lot of mud. Get your rego in early because it’s
always a sell-out. Aug.
MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHES
For the race that stops a nation, make sure to check in with your favourite vineyards
for their programs and hosted lunches. Nov.
A VINTAGE WEEKEND IN THE SWAN VALLEY
This wine-filled weekend is hosted by the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers
Association. Several events take place at various wineries, offering meals paired with
wines, wine tasting and a history of wine growing. Mar.
CAR | Follow Great Eastern Highway 13km from the Perth CBD and turn left
at the sign for Guildford.
TRAIN | The Midland Line from Perth Underground Station runs to the entry
of the Swan Valley. Get off at either Guildford or East Guildford Station.
NOTE | Public transport is limited, so it’s best to arrange your own transport.
Top Picnic Spots
YAGAN MEMORIAL PARK
Located off West Swan Road near Great Northern
Highway, this has beautiful views over the river and
countryside and is the final memorial for the
great Nyoongar leader and warrior, Yagan.
It is a great spot to stop, reflect and take
in the surrounds.
WOODBRIDGE RIVERSIDE PARK
Slightly north-east of Guildford, and just outside the
border of the Swan Valley is a delightful picnic spot
situated on the riverbank, with a modern playground
for the tykes. Beginning at the park, you’ll find the John
George Walk Trail that meanders along the river, where
you’ll spot native birds and flora. Walk the full 8km (return) with
the kids to guarantee no complaints at bedtime.
LILAC HILL PARK
The park is situated on the banks of the Swan River in Caversham, off West Swan
Road. Along with grassy surrounds you’ll find a playground, gazebos, barbecues,
public toilets and disabled access. Dogs are allowed here, too!
MIDDLE SWAN RESERVE
On Middle Swan Road is one of the most popular parks on the river for
kayaking, barbecues and facilities. The wheelchair access and canoes for hire
make this spot great for all visitors.
Surrounded by the Swan Valley’s vineyards and positioned on the river’s edge, this
park is a real jaw-dropper. Let your children explore to their hearts’ content on the
modern play equipment, the central feature of this reserve.
Whiteman Park Dog Park
(photography Whiteman Park).
Yagan memorial wall.
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The Western Mudd Rush
(photography Stewart Scott).
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