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The Swan Valley is a half-hour road
trip from Perth and is renowned as
‘wine country’. Home to more than
40 wineries, some of them third- and
fourth-generation, the region also
houses five breweries, two distilleries,
countless purveyors of gourmet artisan
goods, handcrafted wares, bustling
markets and vibrant artists’ studios.
The region has experienced
something of a renaissance in
recent times. These days, the Swan
Valley is a growing gourmet hub,
featuring more than 50 restaurants and
cafes that tempt the tastebuds,
and local producers who craft
everything from exquisite extra
virgin olive oils, marinated olives and
tapenades, to dried fruits, pickles
and preserves, handmade chocolates,
fudges, truffles, ice-cream, honey
Steeped in Indigenous and
Mediterranean migration history,
offset by a new wave of creative
visionaries, the Swan Valley retains
a rustic charm and abundance while
blossoming into a gentrified region.
YOU WANT GOURMET GOODS. YOU WANT
WINE. YOU WANT ART. YOU WANT FRESH AIR
AND PRETTY VISTAS. YOU WANT TO GET FAR,
FAR AWAY, AND BE BACK BY FIVE. IN SHORT,
YOU WANT IT ALL...
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2014, the Swan Valley
celebrated 180 years of
winemaking. Its first commercial
vintage was released in 1834
by Thomas Waters of Olive
Farm, making it the oldest
winemaking region in
the state, and the second
oldest in Australia, behind
the Hunter Valley.
1. Captain James Stirling was impressed when he first surveyed the
Swan Valley in 1827, writing in this diary, “the richness of the soil,
the bright foliage of the shrubs, the majesty of the surrounding
trees, the abrupt and red colour banks of the river occasionally seen,
and the view of the blue mountains, from which we were not far
distant, made the scenery of this spot as beautiful as anything of the
kind I have ever witnessed.”
2. The Swan Valley is deceptively compact, requiring an hour to
circumnavigate. Most people take a day to meander the scenic
32km Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail, and its 150-plus attractions.
3. In 2014, the RSPCA named the Swan Valley the first Humane
Food Region in Australia. The initiative is a regional commitment
to healthier, high-quality, tastier food based on the ethical
treatment and welfare of animals, and is supported by 30 local
restaurants and cafes.
➊ Take a flavoursome 25-stop
‘speed graze’ tour along the
Swan Valley’s mouth-watering
Food & Wine Trail.
➋ Get up close and personal
with Australia’s largest private
collection of native animals,
at Caversham Wildlife Park.
➌ See a play at the Garrick
Theatre. Built in 1853, it’s the
theatre in the state.
➍ Challenge the champions
with 18 holes of golf among
the vines, watched intently by
➎ Get wet and wild at the
Outback Splash activity park,
home to the famous timber
maze, and the brand new
➏ Board a cruise in Perth
and retrace Captain James
Stirling’s epic 1827 journey
along the Swan River to the
➐ History and motoring buffs
will love the Revolutions
Transport Heritage Museum,
Motor Museum, and Tractor
Museum at Whiteman Park.
➑ Visit some of WA’s most
historic cellar doors –
Wines, John Kosovich,
Talijancich and Twin Hill
Wines are just a few.
➒ Step back in time on
a Guildford Heritage
Walk Trail from the visitor
centre, past heritage
buildings, historic hotels
and antique stores.
➓ Take a course to unleash your
inner barista, winemaker,
connoisseur, or cheesemaker.
All this and more at
STAY Treat yourself to
an overnight stopover in the
valley. Snuggle down in a chalet,
with grapes growing outside
your window, channel your
inner opulence at a golf resort,
get spoilt in a rustic bed and
breakfast, or experience waking
up with the animals on a real
The Swan Valley is WA’s oldest wine region.
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