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information, but she's right about this -- the best
things in life are free.
Unfortunately, those things aren't always so
easy to track down, which is why we welcome
Whiteman Park and it's free entry with open arms.
You can explore the sprawling grounds by
bicycle or foot, take a hike on one of their three
bush trails, or practise your orienteering skills.
On top of all of that, there's a playground to
run rampant in and a mini water playground with
a 30cm-deep paddling pool for the tinier members
of your family to cool off.
They also play host to a heap of attractions,
including the Bennett Brook railway, which runs
through six kilometres of Banksia woodlands, and
the Birds of Prey Flying Display, giving you a rare
chance to see magnificent birds such as Auzzie the
wedge-tailed eagle up close.
Speaking of our fine-feathered friends, there are
many other creatures through the Swan Valley to
be cuddled (and witnessed from a safe distance).
Also within Whiteman Park is Caversham Wildlife
Park; a veritable menagerie of furry friends.
(clockwise from left)
The Maze; Celtic
Swan Gallery; Cycling
at Whiteman Park;
Home to a heap of Australian wildlife, you
can feed a kangaroo, get your photo taken with
a koala and meet a hairy nosed wombat -- all
included in your admission fee.
If you'd like to witness farm life without getting
your paws dirty, there's a farm show with plenty of
whip cracking, sheep shearing and billy swinging.
Molly's Farm is also on site, with buffalo,
llamas and a donkey named Tommy all waiting for
their close up.
Hungry yet? Swan Valley offers plenty of non-
alcoholic produce that kids and adults alike will enjoy.
For any diehard chocoholics worth their cocoa,
it's never really a trip to the valley without a nip
past the Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Take a handful of chocolate drops as you
peruse their merchandise -- and eat quickly, or it'll
melt in your palm.
While we can't go past their crunchy honeycomb
layered in thick, milk chocolate (trust me, you'll be
contemplating a trip back just for the honeycomb
for weeks afterward), there is award-winning
chocolate for a diverse range of sweet tooths.
While we're on a sugar high, it's worth
ducking into Mondo Nougat to try their family
recipe -- one that's been in the Romeo family for
generations and is now available for you to sink
your teeth into.
You can watch it being made from a special
viewing platform, and indulge in free tastings to
help the difficult decision process along.
Employing the finest natural honey, almonds
and some top secret ingredients, Mondo Nougat
is not only A-grade confection, but it passes the
Italian taste test -- which is no mean feat.
Take a little piece of your trip home with you
-- there are galleries strewn through the Swan
Valley filled with beautiful pieces from local
If you fancy a piece of handcrafted jarrah,
marri or sheoak furniture, pop to the Celtic
Swan Gallery (15 Copley Road, Upper Swan)
where you can have a chat with the designer
himself and even have something custom-made.
Dave Burke and his wife Louise moved
from Ireland to Upper Swan, opening
the gallery in 2006 where they relish the
opportunity to meet their customers, giving
their business a personal touch. If you're not
in the market for a new table or bed suite,
there are also smaller artworks from a range
of local Western Australian artists available.
To view our great state from a different
perspective, Paul Dowe and Partners Galleries
specialises in amazing photographic and
canvas prints of our undeniably beautiful
Visit the gallery at the corner of West
Swan and Coast Rd, West Swan, or see www.
pauldowe.com.au for more.
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