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To truly enjoy the Swan Valley, all you
need to pack is a rug, a picnic basket
and an appetite.
LILAC HILL PARK | International standard
cricket facilities and a riverside area makes this
a great spot for an active picnic. There is also a
playground and barbecue facilities. Caversham.
SANDOWN PARK | A lakeside park with
waterfall features, bridges and gazebos, a
playground and barbecue facilities. Ellenbrook.
REG BOND RESERVE | A secluded spot,
the reserve is tucked away on a bend in the
Swan River. There are barbecue facilities, and it
links with Woodbridge Riverside Park via the John
George Walk Trail. Viveash.
With so much great food and wine, and with the weather coming into
its own, now’s the perfect time to get into the great outdoors.
A 32km food and drink loop forms
the heart of the oldest wine region in
WA, and a plethora of comestibles just
waiting to be sampled.
BOUTIQUE WINERIES | Home to more
than 40 boutique wineries, the Swan Valley’s dry
climate and rich soil produces award winning
fortifieds, shiraz, verdelho and chenin blanc. The
fortifieds are intensely rich on the palate, while
the whites are a great easy-drinking choice. Buy a
couple of cases and have them delievered to your
front door in Perth, as most cellar doors do this for
free (or for a nominal fee).
BREWERIES | Following traditional techniques
from Europe, the boutique micro breweries in
the Valley are serving up some beautiful lagers,
pilsners, ales and wheat beers. There are five
breweries, each with a great menu to match.
DISTILLERIES | Two distilleriers, the Great
Northern and Wild Swan, call Swan Valley home.
Infused vodkas, liqueurs, rums and brandies are
HOME GROWN | Roadside stalls, gourmet
retailers and market gardens are dotted across the
Swan Valley. Spring will see stone fruits, asparagus,
grapes, strawberries, apples, beans, avocados,
melons and tomatoes in bountiful supply. Don’t
forget the cheese, olive oil, olives, coffee, dried
fruit and preserves that are available year-round.
SWEET TOOTH | There are more than 90
tearooms, cafes and restaurants, and producers of
nougat, honey, chocolate and ice-cream to satisfy
even the sweestest tooth.
Tastings will blow out your blood alcohol
concentration, so think before you drive.
FOOD & WINE
Margaret River Chocolate
Lancaster Wines (Photography Tourism WA).
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