Swan Valley Western Australia
Perth's premier wine and food destination and Western Australia's oldest wine growing region, situated just 25 minutes from Perth City.
With world-class wineries, restaurants, cafes, fresh producers, breweries, distilleries, arts, crafts, tours and accommodation.
The Swan Valley is more than just a journey for your taste buds, it's a voyage of discovery for all senses.
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Where is Swan Valley?
Swan Valley is 225 kilometres north-east of Perth.
Swan Valley is situated on the north-east edge of the Perth Metropolitan Area in the Experience Perth tourist region. With the hills of the Darling Scarp to the east and the Swan River running directly through the area, Swan Valley is in a very picturesque location. One of the best ways to get to Swan Valley is to hire a car from Perth Airport.
Things to see in Swan Valley
Swan Valley Food And Wine Trail
This award-winning trail features more than 150 places to wine and dine. The 32 kilometre signposted trail works in conjunction with a guide and map, available from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre. Be pleasantly surprised by the abundance of experience and local produce on offer.
Guildford Heritage Walk Trails
Established in what is virtually an island encircled be the Swan and Helen Rivers, Guildford is ideally suited to exploration on foot. The trails have been developed to assist you in discovering the town's fascinating history. Pick up your free map from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre.
Cycling In Guildford and Swan Valley
Designed with all cyclists in mind, from recreational to serious cyclist. The Swan Valley currently has 10km of shared-use cycle paths and many kilometers of sealed hard shoulder, as well as quiet, scenic, cycle friendly back roads, all of which pass a variety of tourism attractions.
Great Valley Rally
Enjoy this treasure hunt designed for families with children. The Rally begins at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and takes about three hours to complete. Solve cryptic clues to navigate around the local attractions then claim your certificate and small prize as a memento. See lots of wildlife on the way like local Black Swans.
Sandalford Estate is unquestionably WA's leading 'Wine Tourism' facility, recognised with winning multiple awards for this commitment to wine tourism. Sandalford boasts unique facilities such as a multi-lingual winery tour on suspended walkways, al fresco dining under the vines, expansive indoor and outdoor function facilities, major events with international acts, wine appreciation classes and gift emporium. View more details
Noble Falls Estate & The Wild Goose Cafe
The Wild Goose is a New Tourist Venue that has just opened in the hills of Western Australia last October, situated 15 minutes out of the Swan Valley along Toodyay Rd. Our Estate really has to be seen to be believed. Its rustic beauty is a sight to behold. Taking 6 years to erect the Estate has quickly become the place to be, booking out most weekends since The Wild Goose has been operational. View more details
What's the weather like?
Sharing the same climate as Perth, Swan Valley has a typical mediterranean climate with warm Summers and cool Winters. Perth and the Swan Valley region boast more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city so sunshine is usually the standard order. The warm sun and temperate climate has helped the Swan Valley cement its reputation as a world-renowned food and wine region, and is also conducive to the State's outdoor lifestyle. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum temperature of 19°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 16°C with an average minimum temperature of 9°C.
Get to know Swan Valley's history
The Swan Valley and Guildford of today is made up of a fascinating blend of history and viticulture combined with more recent recreational and tourism influences. Its culture is textured by Indigenous, pioneering colonial and southern European roots. Guildford was established in 1829 as a market town and inland river port for flat bottomed boats that served the expanding agricultural regions. Today it’s the only town in Perth classified by the National Trust and is easily explored by foot or bicycle in half a day.
Captain James Stirling first sighted the Swan Valley in 1827 and its rich alluvial soil convinced him that the area would make a settlement viable. However, the area had of course been inhabited for thousands of years before that by the Nyoongar people who believe the Swan Valley was carved by the tail of a monstrous serpent-like creature called the Wagyl. This spiritual significance has been an instrumental reason for environmental protection within the area, which limit encroachment by industry and housing developments. The visitor and tourism information centre in the old courthouse at Guildford is a great starting point from which to learn more about the area.
The biggest event in recent history was the establishment of the NASA tracking station in 1964 and which played a major role in relaying messages for the Apollo Missions. On July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11, his famous words 'One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind' were relayed via the tracking station at Carnarvon.