Find out more about the Swan Valley wine region in Perth, Western Australia for your next holiday destination.
Western Australia is renowned for both its vast scenery and wilderness as well as a thriving restaurant and bar scene. Planning a holiday or just a weekend away can sometimes be a daunting task when you see what’s on offer. One destination that has enchanted travellers from near and far is Perth’s Swan Valley.
The Swan Valley, settled in 1829 by James Stirling has a rich history, starting from the Nyoongar people who have inhabited the region for some 40,000 years, to the more modern viticulture that was established around 180 years ago. In the Swan Valley, you can get a taste of city life, as well as agricultural life and see some of the oldest buildings in Perth, at only 25 minutes from the CBD, it is fast becoming a popular base for a WA holiday.
Where to Stay
Accommodation in the area is plentiful, but it pays to do some research! If you are intending to visit during one of the many food and wine festivals, then planning ahead is advised. While many of the offerings are boutique small hotels and B&B’s, there are many family friendly options available, such as the amazing Perth Vineyards Holiday Park. Not only does it contain powered camp sites for those wanting to stick to a budget or get back to nature, they now have 30 new private cabins with modern facilities. You and your family or friends can share a two or three bedroom Vineyard Villa with customisable internal configurations to suit your needs. An ideal base for your Swan Valley holiday, the Perth Vineyards Holiday Park is close enough to the airport for a quick unwind once you land, and only 14km from Perth city if you are going on a quick weekend away. These new cabins are on sale at 20% off if you book by 31st March, and are valid for bookings up until the 30th June 2014 so take advantage of the summer and autumn sun!
Looking for an educational trip? The historical township of Guildford right on the Valley’s doorstep and many of the original colonial buildings are still there and open to the public. One thing not to miss is a Heritage Walk through Guildford, which takes you on a trip through the past, wandering through old cafes, antique stores and heritage buildings with often colourful history.
Whiteman Park, a wildlife sanctuary shows off WA’s unique animals and boasts many picnic areas perfect for a rest or playtime with the kids. Motoring buffs shouldn’t miss the transport Museum on site, featuring the evolution of the transportation industry in WA and how it shaped the state.
Something for the adults and children alike, is a peaceful river cruise along the Swan River. Even if you live in WA, you can’t beat the beautiful scenery as you meander from the city to the country on a shaded river cruiser, sipping a glass of wine from a nearby winery. Many offer lunch cruises as well, such as Captain Cook Cruises which can take care of that day’s activities.
A trip to the Swan Valley isn’t complete without a wine tasting excursion. One of Australia’s oldest wine regions, the Valley has an award winning Food and Wine Trail, featuring a 32 km loop of wineries, restaurants, breweries and arts and crafts stores. Almost all the wineries and breweries offer tastings daily and with the trail well signposted, you can’t go wrong if you do the drive yourself. Of course, there are shuttles buses and multiple winery tours available so that you can enjoy the day without worrying about the drive.
One of the most famous Perth wineries is Houghton’s winery. Established in 1836, it is a family run winery with just 13 winemakers at the helm in it’s long history. Highly awarded, the cellar door wine tastings will give you a glimpse into the fine offerings that the Houghton family wines have to offer, and afterward, retire to the café for a sumptuous selection of local delicacies and favourites. Dine under the shade of the jacaranda trees or even under the vines themselves! One great bonus is that kids eat free per adult main purchased, so it’s great value for the whole family.
For more information go to swanvalley.com.au