Just 20 minutes by car east of Perth, the Swan Valley makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway. This relaxed region is where you'll find rolling vines, meandering waterways and lush natural bushland, as well as award winning wineries, breweries and food producers.
One of the best ways to appreciate the scenery is by taking a cruise up the Swan River from Barrack Street Jetty, Perth, with Captain Cook Cruises.
As Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, many vineyards are still owned by descendants of European emigrants. The Swan Valley is also home to a charming mix of big international players like Sandalford and Houghton, as well as family-run wineries where you can chat with the owner over a fruity red.
Many wineries offer cellar door tastings, or if you're partial to a pint, there are four microbreweries offering award winning drops. Or you can also indulge in divine local produce - olives, cheese, jams, preserves, chocolate and nougat.
There are plenty of things to do including horse riding, cycling, golf and wildlife watching - not to mention historic walk trails. Check out the local galleries which offer all manner of works including Indigenous art, pottery, painting, sculpture and jewellery. And when you’re hungry from all that, enjoy lunch at one of the beautiful picnic spots or stop for a bite at one of the 70 restaurants and cafes.
The historic village of Guildford is the gateway to the valley, with fabulous antique shops, homeware stores and historic pubs with beer gardens and live music.
There's always something happening: watch out for the annual Spring in the Valley Festival, wine and food fairs, markets, vintage car rallies and craft fairs. For more informaton on the Swan Valley contact the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on +61 8 9379 9400 or visit their website www.swanvalley.com.au