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ART LOVERS With 17 galleries and
artists living and working in the
region, there are many creative
types who will welcome you into
their studios (by appointment), or
take the ‘Artisans on Swan’ tour
and see paintings, sculpture and
mosaic art. Pick up a guide map at
the tourist information centre or go
FRESH FOOD LOVERS With
more than 150 table grape
producers, the vines in the region
are not just for wine. Roadside
stalls throughout the Valley also
offer seasonal produce that’s fresh
from the paddocks. Look out for
asparagus, citrus and stawberries,
rockmelons, tomatoes and
watermelons, as well as olives.
WINE LOVERS The oldest
wine-growing region in WA and
one of the closest to a capital city
in the world. With more than 40
wineries – mostly boutique or
family-owned – the region is
renowned for its chenin blanc,
verdelho and shiraz wine varieties.
It also has a solid line in fortifieds.
Drink, eat and be very merry.
CANOEISTS AND KAYAKERS Put
in at Kings Meadow, Lilac Hill Park
or Middle Swan Bridge (it is 16km
to Upper Swan Bridge). Winter
currents through the trees can
be unexpectedly strong and there
are ferries and fishing lines to
negotiate in the lower reaches. In
the summer, the upper reaches of
the river can get very shallow.
• Fish Market Reserve Swan Street, Guildford.
• Lilac Hill Park West Swan Road, Caversham.
• Middle Swan Reserve Middle Swan Road, Middle Swan.
• Maali Park and Footbridge Barrett Street, Herne Hill.
• Kings Meadow Reserve Hill Street, Guildford.
• Woodbridge Riverside Park First Avenue, Woodbridge.
• Reg Bond Reserve Bernley Drive, Viveash. (There is also an old and
unmaintained walk trail between this spot and Woodbridge.)
• Bells Rapids Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon. There are a couple of walking
trails at Bells. Choose from either the river walk (2.5km) or the goat walk
(3km) for great views of the countryside, the bush (and wildflowers at
the right time of year) and, with a bit of luck, grey kangaroos.
OFF THE RIVER Whiteman Park has several paths to follow, including
three bush trails. Ten times the size of Kings Park, you’ll get a workout.
TOP PICNIC SPOTS
ON THE RIVER
Many of the banks and paddocks that lead to the river are
privately owned, but there are plenty of places in the
Valley where you can spread out a rug by the water.
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