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THE SWAN VALLEY
1. Swan Valley is the oldest winemaking region in WA
and celebrated 180 years of winemaking in 2014.
2. You can take a cheese-making class at
The Cheese Barrel.
3. The Swan Valley has six breweries including
the new Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate.
of chocolate liqueur to take home. Bookings are essential.
OK, enough eating, you pig! Burn off some calories playing
Supa Golf, or – provided you’ve brought your own kayak
and canoe – paddling on the Swan. The best launch spots
are Middle Swan Reserve or Fishmarket Reserve. When
night falls, grab dinner at Alfred’s Kitchen (98 James Street,
Guildford). It’s practically an institution, and the burgers are
a steal at $7.50 a pop.
TEMPTED TO STAY
AN EXTRA DAY?
After breakfast at the very tasty Taylor’s Art and Coffee
House (510 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan), explore
Whiteman Park by bicycle (if you’ve brought your own),
by foot (the Goo Loorto Trail is a leisurely 3km return trip),
or else on a Segway with Chariots of Hire, provided you
can handle the inherent dag factor. Bookings are essential.
Next, visit the beautiful Yonga Boodjah Aboriginal Art
Gallery (6571 West Swan Road, West Swan), featuring the
works of acclaimed Noongar artists Phil Narkle and Dennis
Kickett, among others, who are often on hand to speak to.
It’s beer o’clock, so head to Elmar’s in the Valley (8731 West
Swan Road, Henley Brook), a family-owned microbrewery
producing a world-class range of awarded beers. Arrive
thirsty and order a tasting tray. Next, head to The Cheese
Barrel (920 Great Northern Highway, Millendon) for
lunch – yes, you have permission to make an entire
cheeseboard your lunch – and a glass of sparkling rose from
the neighbouring Olive Farm Wines, home to the oldest
vines in the valley. For something sweet, visit The House
of Honey (867 Great Northern Highway) which specialises
in raw, pure, unpasteurised and unadulterated varieties of
honeys. Don’t leave without tasting the sparkling honey water.
Last stop is Talijancich (Hyem Road, Herne Hill), an historic,
family-run winery that, true to the valley’s roots, makes some
of the best fortified wines and liqueurs around. Don’t forget
to toast an incredible two days before you leave.
PIMP YOUR ROAD TRIP
• Hire a vintage car, like the uber cool 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville or 1969 Ford Torino from Perth
Classic Car Hire, and road trip in serious style. perthclassiccarhire.com.au.
• Why drive and miss out on all the wine-tasting fun, when you can hire your own dedicated driver?
The shiny black Jaguar will earn you and your mates some serious swag. jag-u-car.com.au.
• Create the ultimate picnic hamper by visiting one of Perth’s best providores, such as Scutti in South
Perth, The Black Truffle in North Fremantle, Re Store in Northbridge or Leederville, Boatshed Market in
Cottesloe, or Smoult’s Continental Deli in Maylands.
TOP ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES
Wildlife encounters at Caversham Wildlife Park
(Whiteman Park, Whiteman). What kid doesn’t love
cuddling a koala?
The Cheese Barrel (photography
Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate.
George’s Furniture Restoration in the
Swan Valley’s Old Village Markets.
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