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Swan Valley Outdoor Concert.
Hit the valley on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon
for live music at many of the wineries and breweries.
Depending on where you’re headed there are bands
belting out classics, acoustic guitarists crooning indie
tunes, or even jazz ensembles. Unless it’s a special
event, entry is free and most venues are child-friendly
and offer a kids’ menu. If possible, aim to reserve
a table at least a week in advance,otherwise beat
the rush and secure a table in the early arvo
before the tunes begin.
Picnic on the water
Head to Lilac Hill Park, located just over the bridge
in Guildford, for a waterside picnic. There are ovals,
barbecues, sheltered bench seating and easy access
to the river for kayaks and canoes. Bells Rapids in the
upper reaches is set in attractive surrounds and is
a local favourite for day picnics; it has pools even in the
hottest months. Mussel Pool at Whiteman Park is also
a great picnic location, surrounded by shady trees
and a large grassy area. Swimming isn’t permitted at
Mussel Pool but there’s a water playground located
in the park. Entrance to the park is free.
The full ride from one end of the valley to the
other is great for active families. It covers around
35-40km including zig-zags and detours with many
opportunities along the way to rest. For those with
youngsters, start in Guildford at the Visitors Centre
and head along West Swan Road past Swan Valley
Oasis, Oggies Ice-cream Cafe, the Cuddly Animal
Farm, and the Reptile Park. If you’re heading on
an adults-only ride, the Swan Valley Heritage is
designed for cyclists of all abilities, and passes
wineries, fruit stalls and picnic spots.
Kids’ days out
Scattered along West Swan Road are plenty of
kid-friendly attractions including the Reptile Park,
Cuddly Animal Farm as well as supa golf and tasty
treats such as chocolate and ice-cream. The Maze
in Bullsbrook has five family-friendly mazes and the
new Outback Splash stage 1 is due to open during
the school holidays; it consists of six slides and
a thousand-litre tipping bucket. The kids will also
enjoy Caversham Wildlife Park located in Whiteman
Park, which boasts a birds of prey centre, train
and tram rides, and a hands-on children’s forest
planted by visiting youngsters.
Buy fresh produce
People travel from the suburbs to buy their weekly
supply of fruit and vegetables in the valley, and it’s
not hard to see why. The produce is available direct
from the grower, and visitors can stop at local market
gardens and pick their favourite organic varieties,
or keep an eye out for dozens of roadside stalls.
The area is known for quality olives and olive oil,
honey, cheeses, preserves, dried fruit, free-range
eggs and poultry and, not surprisingly, grapes.
Seasonal produce from summer through to autumn
includes melons, pears, tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus,
pumpkin, strawberries and figs. Several tour companies
also offer produce tours; the horse and cart tour
is among the most popular.
IN THE VINES
Lamont’s Winery hosts
an outdoor production
of Shakespeare’s A
Dream. Head to Lamont’s
website for bookings.
Lamont’s Winery, Jan 11.
Spend an evening on
the lawn with live music
on several dates during
summer. Bring a picnic
along and enjoy the
shows that range from
jazz and swing trios
to 20-piece ensembles.
Head to the Upper
Reach Winery website
for dates and bookings.
Upper Reach Winery,
A VINTAGE WEEKEND
IN THE SWAN VALLEY
The wine-filled weekend is
hosted by the Swan Valley
and Regional Winemakers
Association. Several events
take place at various
wineries offering meals
paired with wines, wine
tasting and a history
of wine growing.
Specialising in a variety
of unique hand-made
items, this boutique
market is held on the
third Sunday of every
Town Hall, ongoing.
The guided tour explores
the Swan Coastal Plain
habitat by torchlight
before heading to the
You’ll get to see woylies
and quenda feeding.
Bookings are essential.
Whether it’s food or wine, nature or history, there’s
a trail to suit everyone. There are two family-fun trails
– the Great Valley Rally and the Amazing Valley
Chase – that are great to try during school holidays.
Each takes roughly three hours to complete. Download
the clue sheets or pick them up from the Swan Valley
Visitor Centre and find the checkpoints along the
driving route. There are prizes and certificates for the
kids at the finish points. The most popular trail in the
area is the Food and Wine Trail, a 32km scenic loop
visiting over 100 wineries, breweries, cafes, shops and
restaurants. Watch for the burgundy and olive signs that
are erected along the route, or collect a map from the
Swan Valley Visitors Centre.
The breweries in the Swan Valley serve a huge range
of beers, from those brewed in-house to bottled
varieties from all over the world. There are lagers,
pilsners, ales and wheat beers made following
traditional techniques and using local produce. A trip
to one of the two distilleries will provide visitors with
a warm glow after tasting the award-winning rum,
vodka infused with flavours such as chilli and green
tea, and liqueurs and whisky. At more than 170 years
old, the Swan Valley wine region is the oldest in
Western Australia, comprising both small boutique
wineries and the internationally famed.
The Swan Valley is famous for its creative, fun-filled
tours, taking groups and solo travellers through the
many taste sensations and scenic experiences on offer.
There’s everything from coach tours and river cruises,
to guided walks, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
They’re a great way to spend birthdays, hens’ parties,
work dos – any occasion, really. You can find packages
tailored to progressive lunches, adventure activities,
art and wildlife experiences, even wine making, which
gives a behind-the-scenes tour at a renowned winery.
WHAT TO DO
Lamont’s Winery cellar door
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