Nestled in the upper reaches of the majestic Swan River, 25 minutes from Perth, Swan Valley is a food, wine and art lover’s paradise.
It is WA’s oldest and most popular wine growing region, and renowned for its fresh gourmet goodies, beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, galleries and wildlife parks.
Things to do in Swan Valley
Swan Valley is full of fun and interesting things to see and do, making it the perfect destination for day trips from Perth.
Many lively cultural and culinary events are held in Swan Valley, with the biggie being October’s glorious Spring in The Valley – one of the largest wine and food festivals in Australia.
Tours of the region’s wineries are a must. The easiest way to do this is to follow the Swan Valley’s fabulous Food and Wine Trail. This 32-kilomtre scenic trip though gorgeous countryside takes in some fine distilleries, breweries and galleries as well as wineries, cafes, restaurants and roadside stalls brimming with just-picked produce. All up, there are over 150 places on the trail to satisfy your appetite for the finer things in life.
Other delightful Swan Valley tours include river cruises, guided walks, coach tours, and jaunts in horse-drawn wagons. These adventures can be booked online through the Swan Valley Visitor Centre.
Explore historic Guildford – one of Australia’s oldest settlements and the centrepiece of Swan Valley. Founded in 1829, this charming town has many heritage buildings, including WA’s oldest church and the fascinating Old Gaol. There are some great antique and second-hand shops to poke around in too.
Swan Valley Nature & Wildlife
Several of the state’s best wildlife and outdoor experiences are found in Swan Valley. Explore national parks, cuddle animals at sanctuaries, enjoy a picnic in a magical spot, wander along a nature trail, or go for a wildflower drive.
Caversham Wildlife Park is home to around 2,000 birds and animals both native and domestic. Feeding kangaroos, petting wombats, and riding camels are highlights of a visit to this beautiful park.
The Maze is another place where you can meet native animals, including emus and koalas. The 2,500 metre timber maze is lots of fun too.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm is a must-do for little kids.
West Australian Reptile Park in Henley Brook is the place to see and learn about Australia’s awesome snakes and lizards, and indulge in the dubious pleasure of being embraced by a python.
Have a look at some suggested itineraries for Swan Valley day trips.