The Swan Valley offers everything from wine tasting to art galleries, and is a perfect spot to awaken the senses, tantalise the tastebuds and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. You'll find some of Western Australia's finest wines and local produce here, as well as acres of scenic vineyards that create a warmth and charm that characterises Western Australia's "Valley of Taste".
Day 1: Swan Valley
Drive just 20 minutes north east of Perth city along Great Eastern Highway, and you'll find yourself in the picturesque Swan Valley - Western Australia's oldest wine growing region.
For those keen on sampling local wines and boutique beers, daytrip bus tours are available from the city and there are public bus connections throughout the region.
Make Guildford the first stop and peruse the enchanting antique furniture stores. Then take a leisurely stroll through town for a look at some of Western Australia's oldest buildings - much of the original town plan is still intact and many fine civic, commercial and private buildings dating from the 1840s can still be seen.
The Swan and Helena Rivers traverse and partially surround Guildford, providing picturesque walk trails and lovely scenery. Try riverside horse riding for an invigorating start to the day, or for a more relaxed pace, visit a wildlife park to meet some cuddly native animals such as kangaroos and koalas.
Before heading further into the Swan Valley, stop by the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in the heart of the the oldest inland town in Perth to pick up a free food and wine trail map - a great guide to the area and perfect companion for your journey. The Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail is a 32 kilometre circuit with scenic offshoots to a wide range of attractions.
If you need a sugar hit, you'll want to stop by the local chocolate factory or ice creamery, but if it's wine tasting you are after you will be spoilt for choice with more than 40 cellar doors offering premium wines at affordable prices. These range from small organic wineries to third generation family wineries, mainly selling to the local trade and state of the art cellar door facilities. Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet and fortifieds being specialities of the region.
Purchase a range of fresh produce and gourmet treats from outlets scattered throughout the area and you'll have all the essential ingredients for a lunchtime feast at one of the Swan Valley's popular picnic spots such as Bells Rapids, Middle Swan Bridge or Whiteman Park (picnic spots brochure available).
Al fresco dining is available at many Swan Valley wineries, so enjoy a gourmet lunch and sip on award winning wines.
Beer drinkers aren't left out either, with the emergence of local boutique breweries in the region which are proving extremely popular. They offer extensive menus, too. More recently distilleries have started to emerge in the region.
If you are with the children then there is a wide range of activities, many of them free, but also including wildlife parks and supa golf. Ask the Visitor Centre for details. And if you want fresh air, the Swan Valley cycle trails may also appeal to your family.
After lunch, wander through art galleries for an insight into the creative world of local sculptors, painters, potters, printmakers and woodworkers, and purchase exquisite souvenirs of your trip.
While the Swan Valley can be explored in a day, turn it into an extended getaway with an overnight stay. Choose from a variety of bed and breakfasts, five star motels, boutique guesthouses or local caravan parks.
Continue your West Australian adventure by visiting York and New Norcia, located further inland. Take a look at the itinerary for these towns.
Or head straight to Perth again with a 30-minute drive back through Guildford.
Overnight: Guildford, Midland, Caversham, West Swan, Henley Brook or Gidgegannup
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