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Those in the know travel from the
city each week to purchase fresh
fruit and vegetables. Buy direct
from market gardens, or stop at
roadside stalls. Seasonal produce
from January to June includes
melons, grapes, pears, tomatoes,
zucchini, pumpkin, asparagus,
strawberries, olives and figs.
Preserves, honey, olive oil and dried
fruit are available all year round.
Woodland Park | On Woodlake
Boulevard, Ellenbrook, there is a
landscaped lakeside park including
an amphitheatre and tennis courts.
Sandown Park | On Sandown Circle,
has lakes with waterfall features,
bridges and gazebos, playground
and barbecue facilities.
Middle Swan Reserve | On Middle
Swan Road, is good for kayaking,
barbecues and facilities.
Woodbridge Riverside Park | First
Avenue has a new playground and
picnic facilities. Linked to Reg Bond
Reserve by John George Walk Trail.
TIP The new Yagan Memorial Park
off West Swan Road near Great
Northern Highway has beautiful
views of 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.
4WD and motorcycle tracks,
rodeos, equestrian events,
horseriding (if you bring your own
horse), tennis clubs, international-
standard cricket facilities and
orienteering adventures can all
be found here. The Valley has a
championship golf course, one of
Australia’s top ten. Off -season,
mate’s rates apply, with 18 holes
and a golf cart very reasonably
priced. The less serious golfer might
be better off at the 18-hole supa-
golf course on West Swan Road,
which also has an adventure putt
miniature golf course. The WA
Equestrian Centre and Brookleigh
Estate conduct major horse trials
and events, and a large open public
space at Brigadoon is available
for riding. Late autumn is best for
rafting on the river’s upper reaches.
Kayaking the lower reaches is best
restricted to early morning or late
afternoon in summer to avoid the
heat. For adrenaline junkies there
are two paintball battlegrounds on
West Swan Road, set in a natural
The Heritage Trails here are within
the top 50 in Australia and a great
way to explore the region’s past.
The Guildford Heritage Walk
Trails range from short walks to
just over an hour long. The many
bushwalking trails are best tackled
in the cooler months, from April.
The Bells Rapids Walk Trail is an
excellent but challenging circuit
trail from Bells Rapids across the
escarpment, with great views over
the coastal plains and across the
valley. It is mostly unmarked and
not recommended in the heat of
summer when the countryside can
be harsh and dry. Whiteman Park
has bush walks that are safer and
also best experienced in autumn.
The Goo Loorto Trail – marked by
Red Poles – is a leisurely 3km return
trip, starting at car park 16 in the
Mussel Pool picnic area. The trail
follows Bennett Brook through
partially cleared cattle-grazing
farmland, and meanders under
groves of flooded gums (Eucalyptus
rudis) on the banks of the Brook.
In summertime it is ideal for
wandering in the dappled shade
along the drying watercourse,
inhaling the scent of the gum trees
overhead. The food and wine trails
offer a 32km scenic loop trail. If this
all seems like too much, go on a
tour and let the locals do the work.
Some winery tours are after closing
when the winemaker can provide a
Arts and culture
The valley is renowned for art
galleries and studios where you can
meet the artists in residence. There
are more than 10 galleries dotted
around, with wineries and coffee
shops also showcasing local work.
West Swan | Maalinup Aboriginal
gallery is one of Perth surrounds’
only Aboriginal-owned and
operated galleries, and has built a
reputation for quality, unframed
Aboriginal paintings. The best way
to get an insight into the stories and
history of the area is by stopping
by to catch up with owner Dale
Tilbrook at the gallery, prior to
Midland | For quirky street art, go
to the Midland Railway Workshops
just a five-minute walk from the
Midland train station. You will find
beautiful public art on display, with
many interesting pieces along the
streets towards the town centre.
The Midland Junction Arts Centre
hosts performances from Spare
Parts Puppet Theatre, WASO and
youth theatres and is a 10-minute
walk from the Midland Train
Station. There is plenty of street
parking available also.
Guildford | A small boutique market
is held once a month in and around
Guildford Town Hall. The Guildford
Heritage Markets specialise in
hand-made items, some which
cannot be found elsewhere. The
market is held the third Sunday
of each month from February to
November. James Street is home to
antique and collectible stores.
All Saint’s Church, one of WA’s oldest
churches (Photography City of Swan).
Picnicking at Bells Rapids.
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