Swan Valley, Destination Guide
The Swan Valley’s rich history is evident throughout the region. Guildford, the gateway to the Swan Valley, was an early colonial settlement and many of its heritage buildings remain. The town is actually on the National Trust register and is lovely to stroll through and appreciate. Ensure you see Woodbridge House, and kids will love the historic colonial gaol! The Valley has strong southern European roots following the migration of Croatian farmers in the 1920s, who helped to establish many of the early vineyards, but the first grape vines were planted as early as the 1840s at Sandalford. There’s also the Motor and Transport Museum at Whiteman Park, the Museum of Natural History and Guildford Heritage Walk Trails. The quaint Old Saints Church is the oldest church in WA.
Follow one of the themed Swan Valley trails which include fine wine, cider and ale and kids in the valley family friendly adventures. Enjoy a cruise on the Swan River with Captain Cook cruises. Hop on and off the Swan Valley Explorer bus to enjoy the many culinary attractions of the region. Guildford’s James Street is one of Perth’s best locations for antiques shopping, and art lovers will enjoy the studios, galleries, and sculpture parks dotted throughout the valley. Whiteman Park provides a day out with its vintage bus and train rides, conservation reserve, museums, Caversham Wildlife Park (home to around 200 species of fauna and over 2000 animals, birds and reptiles) and walking trails. Golf lovers will enjoy a round at The Vines, or for less-serious family fun, a game of Supagolf in Henley Brook.
With a 32km stretch of food & wine experiences and with 150 foodie destinations you’re going to satisfy your culinary cravings. Visit multi award winning Sandalford Wines, one of Western Australia’s oldest, largest and most distinguished producers of premium wine, or Houghtons Wines, who have been producing for 180 years! Lamonts has been a Swan Valley food and wine institution for over 40 years, and newer wine kids on the block Mandoon Estate will impress with their fine dining restaurant, winery, microbrewery, and heritage grounds. Joining the multitude of vineyards and cellar doors are breweries Feral, Mash, Duckstein, Ironbark and Homestead, Funk Cidery, and distilleries – Great Northern, Swan Valley and Old Youngs. Then there’s chocolate factories, French bakeries, cheese cafes and even a meadery!