Spread a picnic rug under the shade of a eucalyptus tree and open a bottle of wine from a family-run vineyard 25 minutes away from Perth. Catch the delicate scent of wildflowers on the breeze and the sound of birds calling to one another overhead. Soaking up the relaxing rural scene, you wonder: artisan chocolate or freshly churned ice cream for dessert?
A short drive from Perth or a relaxed cruise up the Swan River delivers you into the valley’s heart. If you’re coming by car, stop to explore the old-world charm, grand 19th-century architecture and art galleries of Guildford.
The Swan Valley’s Mediterranean climate produces top-notch wines - crisp verdelho, luscious grenache and sophisticated shiraz, along with some excellent fortified varieties. Beer and gin aficionados aren’t forgotten either – some amazing options tempt at the boutique breweries and distilleries. Fill your belly with delicious fare made to time-honoured recipes, dining among the vines, or at one of the spots along the river.
Culinary excellence aside, creative endeavours flourish amid the Swan Valley’s fertile plains. Walk through art galleries and artisanal boutiques, and – from painter, potter, sculptor or woodworker – choose a special piece to take home.
Closer to nature, follow the rugged walking trails into beautiful bushland, joining a tour operating out of the Swan Valley. Family-owned Caversham Wildlife Park invites visitors to snuggle koalas, feed kangaroos and say hello to wombats.
The Swan Valley is beautiful year-round, but September to December is simply magical as colourful wildflowers put on a stunning show.