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something completely different,
and The Vines Resort is home to a
world-class 36-hole golf layout.
Late autumn is the time for rafting,
especially on the upper reaches
of the river where it flows fast.
Kayaking the lower reaches is best
restricted to early morning/late
afternoon in summer, to avoid the
sun. For adrenalin junkies there
are two paintball battlegrounds
on West Swan Road, set in natural
bushland, while a 900m supa-golf
course great for kids aged six to 60.
Bushwalking trails are best tackled
in the cooler months from April.
An excellent yet difficult trail
begins near Bells Rapid north of
Brigadoon and leads across the
escarpment, with great views
down and across the valley. This
trail is not for beginners and is
mostly unmarked, and in summer
the countryside is harsh and dry,
making it tough going. Whiteman
Park’s bush walks and cycling trails
are safer and also best experienced
in autumn. In 2011, ‘night stalks’,
at which visitors can get close to
bandicoots and other pouched
young from spring births, will
be held at the park’s Woodland
Reserve. A history walk through
Guildford town is marked with
interpretive panels and colour-
coded direction markers, and leads
to some excellent riverside parks.
From 10am to 5pm on March 11-12,
the breweries of the valley will host
a tasting and lecture tour. Tickets
are $79 per person, with corporate
and group bookings available. The
tours include transport, tastings
and a long lunch at one of the five
locations. For information visit
scoop.com .au or call the Swan Valley
Visitor Centre on (08) 9379 9400.
Antonio was born in the Swan Valley, amid the vineyards and orchards of his
Italian ancestors, and now runs an art studio there. He names five top attractions.
Start at the Guildford Heritage Art & Craft Market | If you see something
you like, introduce yourself to the artist and visit their local studio.
Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery | This gallery sells quality, authenticated
Aboriginal paintings at fair prices.
Mussel Pool | A fantastic picnic area in Whiteman Park. They have a big
swimming pool fed from a local brook, and plenty of shady trees.
Grower’s Markets | Buy organic fruit and vegetables from roadside stalls.
Some market gardeners let you pick produce from the ground or vine.
Wineries | The quality of valley wines is pretty remarkable. Try different
styles, including fortified specialists like Talijancich - my favourite.
Battistessa Studio (08) 9296 4121.
A DAY IN THE VALLEY
JAN - JUN 2011
New Year’s Eve Cruises December 31
Party cruises to the valley, departing from Perth.
Fresh Produce Tours February 19 and 25
Tours include transport, tastings and lunch. $69 per person.
Brewery Tours March 11-12
Tours include lunch, lectures, tastings and transport. $79 per person.
Heritage Art and Craft Market Third Sunday of the month.
Valley artists and antique dealers exhibit works and wares from 9am-3pm.
Guildford Town Hall (08) 9274 2926
Yum in my Tum children’s food festival May 1
International kids’ festival includes Thomas the Tank Engine train show.
Whiteman Park. www.whitemanpark.com.au
Great Valley Rally June and all year round
A car rally for the family with clues to follow to find a secret message.
Western Australia’s first vines were planted by botanist Thomas
Waters in 1829 at his Guildford property in the Swan Valley. Now laying
claim to more than 1100ha of grapes on the oldest producing vines in the
State, the valley has deep, free-draining soils made up of fertile alluvial
plains, coastal sands over limestone, and gravel loams over clay. Combined
with a warm Mediterranean climate cooled by sea breezes, the Swan
Valley is an enviable location for viniculture. Based on traditional methods
of production, with an eye to modern innovation, a new generation of
valley winemakers produce outstanding varieties: rich, full-flavoured
chenin blanc with great acidity and longevity; tropical, honeysuckle and
guava-flavoured verdelho; and soft, ripe shiraz and cabernet sauvignon.
Fortified wines have long been a Swan Valley specialty and today the
region is home to many highly prized artisan wines made from muscat
gordo, muscadelle, verdelho and shiraz.
SWAN VALLEY WINES
Winemaking in the valley. ABOVE RIGHT
Brewery tours are also available.
Works from the Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery.
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