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Take a day to explore Western Australia's oldest wine region.

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".

Duration: 1 day

Best time: All year round

DAY 1: MORNING - Perth to Guildford and SWAN VALLEY

Drive just 20 minutes north east of the Perth CBD 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 a few local wines or boutique beers, or just those without access to a vehicle, private coach tours and public bus connections are also available throughout the region. Search for a tour or visit the Transperth website for routes and timetables.

Stop in at Guildford on your way to the VAlley to browse through some of the most enchanting antique furniture stores in Perth.

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 run through Guildford, providing picturesque trails for walking, or perhaps even a ride on horseback.

Next, head to the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in the heart of town to pick up a free food and wine trail map - a great guide to the area and the perfect companion for your journey.

Use the guide to plan your own journer, or head off along the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail - a 32 kilometre circuit with scenic offshoots to a wide range of attractions.

For those with sweet tooth, be sure to plan a stop at the local chocolate factory, ice creamery or nougat factory.

If it's wine tasting you're after, you'll be spoilt for choice with more than 40 cellar doors offering free tastings, and premium wines by the bottle at affordable prices. From small organic wineries to third generation family vineyards, the producers of the Swan Valley sell a wide range of varieties to the local trade through state of the art cellar door facilities, including Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fortifieds -  all 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 or Whiteman Park.

For more of a fine dining experience, sit down to a gourmet lunch while sipping on award winning wines at any of the many restaurants found alongside Swan Valley cellar doors.

Beer drinkers aren't left out either, with the emergence of local boutique breweries in the region. With a range of craft ales on tap, extensive menus and open, alfresco settings, these breweries are a popular destination for local familes on weekends.

After a leisurely lunch, get some fresh air on one of the Swan Valley walk and cycle trails, or take a walk through local art galleries. The Swan Valley is home to a number of artisans, including sculptors, painters, potters, printmakers and woodworkers, offering some unique wares to purchase as a souvenir of your trip.

While the Swan Valley can be easily 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.

You can even continue your Western Australian adventure by visiting the nearby historic town of York and Australia's only monastic town, New Norcia, located further inland. View the York & New Norcia itinerary here.


Swan Valley
Swan Valley

Wineries & Wine Tasting
Wineries & Wine Tasting


Guildford Heritage Buildings
Guildford Heritage Buildings

Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail
Swan Valley Food & Wine Trail

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