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Rest and relaxation
The Swan Valley is a perfect location for a spa
getaway. Head to Keishi Day Spa at The Vines
or Oasis Resort for a more comprehensive escape
– it boasts a number of other facilities including a pool
and gym – but if you’re after something a little more
exclusive, Hidden Valley offers head-to-toe
warm-bamboo massages that originated in China.
Tea and scones
Feeling nostalgic for afternoons spent scoffing
sandwiches and scones at nan’s? The Swan Valley
has a plethora of high tea choices. For the real deal,
head to the Cottage Tea Rooms for hand-made
pastries and a 1950s cottage-turned-gallery, or for
something a little more left-of-centre, pop into Cape
Lavender for lavender-flavoured scones and ice-cream.
Scenic experiences are a dime-a-dozen in the
Swan Valley, be it on bike, on foot, or in canoe.
Spend a day riding on the Swan Heritage Trail,
stopping at galleries, wineries and restaurants, or
if walking is more your speed, there are heritage and
wildlife trails. For something cooler, Adventure Out
offers canoeing where you can explore the river’s
tranquil sections, or the grade 2 Bells Rapids.
Pick your poison
Both the Wild Swan Distilling Company and the
Great Northern Distillery are proud to call the Swan
Valley home. The latter is home to the award-winning
Canefire Rum, but you’ll be able to find anything there
from liqueurs to fortified wine. Recognised worldwide
with medals in the World Spirit Show for its vodka and
gin, the Wild Swan Distilling Company shows
a lighter side to the world of spirits.
EASTER HIGH TEA
Get together with family
and friends and take in
Sitella Winery’s views
from the rotunda and the
picturesque gardens over
the Easter long weekend.
The tasty treats laid on by
the team of chefs are the
icing on the cake.
Sittella Winery Restaurant,
AUTO ONE CLASSIC
Car enthusiasts will find
themselves in motoring
heaven at this free event,
as they wander among
and inspect over 1000
immaculate classic vehicles
on show at Mussel Pool,
which is also a beautiful
spot to have a picnic!
Whiteman Park, Apr 27.
Almost 200 beautiful
alpacas and their owners
will descend on Whiteman
Park for one of the biggest
and best show of alpacas
in Australia. There will be
a fashion parade, live
music, craft displays
and the much-loved
Pat-a -Paca. Visit the show
to discover why the Incas
referred to alpaca wool as
The Fleece of the Gods.
Gold coin entry.
Village West, Whiteman
Park, May 3-4 .
HERITAGE OPEN DAY
Whiteman Park is a treasure
trove of transport heritage
collections, each of which
will showcase a prized
piece, including the last
tram to run in Perth. Visitors
can talk to members about
their collections, or take one
of the guided tours.
Whiteman Park, May 18.
The Midland Farmers
Market is a great spot
for fresh food shopping
and a stroll through some
stalls while listening to
music. Why not pick up
a coffee and browse
through the shops in
Midland while you’re there?
Behind Town Hall Clock,
Midland, every Sunday.
With its second factory now located in the Swan Valley,
The Margaret River Chocolate Company is the number
one stop for all your cocoa needs, from handcrafted
truffles to chocolate massage oils. For something
a little different, Whistlers has a wide range of
ice-cream, macaroons and fudge, and a cafe, lounge
and outdoor area with a sandpit for the kids.
Shooting to thrill
Calling all sharpshooters! With nine unique weapons
ranging from sub-machine guns to sniper rifles,
Laser Corps offers realistic combat scenarios, minus
the lesions. After something a little more traumatic?
Paintball Skirmish will help you release your inner
Pollock, with your best friend as the canvas.
The region boasts a handful of animal parks.
Caversham Wildlife Park offers three daily
farm shows at 10am, 1pm and 3pm, as well as
meet-and-greets with both koalas and wombats.
While Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm has all-day
bottle-feeding for your little lambs, the WA
Birds of Prey Centre is set to host two flying
displays a day starting from this school holidays.
Time to brew
Taking the edge off is easy in the Swan Valley,
given it is home to some of the state’s best
breweries. Stop by the Duckstein Brewery or
Elmar’s in the Valley for some German-style dining
and drinking. Ironbark, Feral and Mash offer a surfeit
of contemporary brews, including Ironbark’s subtly
spiced alcoholic ginger beer.
Academy of Taxidermy
The Museum of Natural History in Guildford, also known
as the Academy of Taxidermy, offers a fascinating – if
slightly morbid and grotesque – look at more than 2000
creatures. There’s also a brand new life-sized dinosaur
display. If you’re feeling inspired, master taxidermist
Michael Buzza also offers workshops.
Dog’s day out
Whiteman Park welcomes your canine friend. The
reserve has a 2.5 -hectare dog park, which includes an
obstacle course. You can follow up the workout with
a cino and a bite to eat at the Pet Lover’s Cafe.
Breweries abound in
the Swan Valley.
Visit the alpacas at Whiteman Park.
WHAT TO DO
A playground in Whiteman Park.
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