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While travelling the world, local Wesley Brooks got hooked on cycling,
and upon his return to the Swan Valley has started a bike-hire business
to enable visitors to enjoy the many cycling trails on offer. He shares with
us his favourite summer ride...
Start early at the Guildford Visitors Centre and get advice from the locals.
Head north along West Swan and take the Hamersley Road detour to see
the beautiful Caversham House. The detour will lead back to West Swan
Road – turn right and continue north. Within a kilometre of being back
on the West Swan Road cycle path you’ll find Sandalford Estate, and
opposite the estate’s entrance are growers’ stalls for a snack of fresh fruit.
Cross Reid Highway and go north to the Paul Dowe Gallery. A little
further is YAHAVA coffee for an espresso and a water-bottle refill. Go over
the road for free samples at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, then to
the Bonsai emporium before heading for a pint at one of the breweries.
At this stage, start to backtrack and perhaps stop at a winery or even
The Wine Place (to order a case) before turning down Douglas Road and
crossing the Maali Park footbridge. If you’ve packed a picnic, have it here.
On Barrett Street (eastern side), stop at Sittella Winery and then head
on to the Highway. Just south is the Illusionary art exhibition, then go
next door to Mondo Nougat for a snack and more water.
From here, turn east down Lennard Street and then north again on
Railway Crescent, until Hyem Road. Turning west onto Hyem, consider
FOR THE KIDS
stopping at Jabiru Gallery, and a few more wineries before the highway.
Walk the bike across the highway and jump back in the cycle lane to get
to the House of Honey.
Continue north on the highway before turning left (west) down
Padbury Avenue. From there, turn onto Olive Road then onto Memorial
Avenue, a lovely loop with a great group of wineries that brings you back
to the highway. Cross the road and get onto the only completed footpath
on the eastern side. Turn south until Haddrill Road and then head east
again to the brewery. From there, the quickest route back to Guildford
is west along Haddrill, turning left after the second railway line onto
Railway Crescent. Go south on Railway Crescent to Argyle Street, leading
back to the highway and coming out almost opposite Barrett Street.
TIPS The full ride from one end of the valley and back is fine for families
and covers around 35-40km including zig-zags and detours, with many
opportunities along the way to rest.
• For a family with young children, start at Guildford Visitors Centre and
head along West Swan Road. Turn around at Swan Valley Oasis, Oggies
Ice-cream, The Cuddly Animal Farm, or the Bird and Reptile Park.
• ATMs and cool drinks can be found at the Caversham Store, the Caltex
at the Swan Valley Holiday Park, Herne Hill General Store and Rakichs
General Store. For informal cycle-friendly eateries, head to Swan Valley
Cafe for great vegetarian food, The Coffee Hut, The Penny Garden Cafe
and Oggies Ice-cream.
• Walk and cycle the many shared-
use paths. Grab a brochure from
any visitor centre.
• Visit the many eateries most offer
free samples including chocolate,
nougat and ice-cream.
• Watch bees make honey.
• Fish by Barkers Bridge, Guildford.
• Get lost in the timber maze in
Bullsbrook, meet the animals and
walk through the aviary.
• Most wineries and breweries
offer safe playgrounds for the
young ones, some even offer
• Various parks have fun activities
check for events
Cycles are the ideal way to see the area’s sights
(Photography Bike Hire at Brookleigh).
Wesley, on the right track.
(Photography Bike Hire at Brookleigh).
Whiteman Park playground.
• W h iteman Park for tennis, bike-
riding or a trip on the trains or
trams, and the mini-waterpark.
• Wildlife encounters, choosing
from some of the best animal and
wildlife parks and experiences,
some offer accommodation.
• West Swan Road has sporting
activities like laser tag, supa-golf,
paintballing and adventure mini-
golf, all within a short walk of
each other. For older teenagers,
there is also sumo-suit wrestling.
• The Great Valley Rally is a
wonderful way to explore the
valley with the kids by solving
clues, and it’s free.
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