Perth is the only Australian capital with a wine-growing region right on its doorstep.
Take a 25-minute drive from the city and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Western Australia’s oldest vineyards, award-winning wineries and microbreweries, gourmet sweet treats and fresh produce, arts and crafts and beautiful natural bushland.
Best time: September to December (to coincide with wildflowers, fresh produce and spring weather)
- Swan Valley wineries
- Historic Guildford
Wine & cheese at Lancaster Winery
Morning: Perth to Guildford and the Swan Valley
Head east on Guildford Road from Perth to the capital’s oldest inland town, Guildford. Stop at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre to pick up a free map of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail – a 32-kilometre loop taking in over 200 attractions.
Get your morning sugar hit with a visit to some of the Swan Valley’s makers of fine sweet treats, from chocolate, nougat and nuts, to ice creams and sorbets.
If you have a designated driver for the day, let them take you cellar door hopping from boutique family-run vineyards and organic wineries to large-scale premium wine producers. Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet and fortifieds are among the specialities on the tasting lists. The best places to go
"Three Days in Perth"
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Many of the wineries offer al fresco dining beside the vineyards, pairing their creations with the finest of Western Australia’s fresh produce.
Appreciators of hand-crafted beers will also find plenty to tempt their palate at the region’s boutique breweries, many offering light bites and hearty fare for a lazy lunch in the beer garden.
Or, you can opt to fill a picnic basket with gourmet goodies and fresh produce from the road-side stalls and stores, then take your pick from 10 local picnic spots, parks and reserves in and around Guildford and the Swan Valley region.
Spend the afternoon with the koalas of Caversham Wildlife Park
Afternoon: Swan Valley
The Swan Valley is a hotspot for creativity in arts and crafts too. With many galleries and workshops along the Food and Wine Trail, it’s a good place to pick up unique pieces by local sculptors, painters, potters, printmakers and woodworkers.
If you are travelling with young children, there are plenty of fun ways to spend an afternoon, including the Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail, Caversham Wildlife Park, Outback Splash Family Fun Park and many more.
To return to Perth, head south through the Swan Valley, on West Swan Road or the Great Northern Highway to Guildford and retrace your tracks west along Guildford Road.
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Perth to Guildford
Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail
Swan Valley Heritage Cycle Trail
Guildford to Caversham Wildlife Park
Guildford to Bullsbrook (The Maze)
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Head to the the Experience Perth website for more itineraries and further information on things to see and do in the Perth region.
Make the local Visitor Centre your first port of call as you travel around Western Australia.