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Swan Valley

Visitor Centre:
Swan Valley Visitor Centre
Cnr Swan and MeadowStreets, Guildford
Phone: (08) 9207 8899
Visitor website: www.swanvalley.com.au
General:
Only 25 minutes from the Perth CBD and less than 10 minutes to Perth Airport, the Swan Valley seduces visitors with a rich fusion of wine, food, art, scenery and nature.
You can experience the many wonders along the award winning Swan Valley food and wine trail - a 32 kilometre scenic loop taking in more than 150 attractions including wineries, lively breweries, fine restaurants, bustling cafes, distilleries, accommodation outlets and roadside stalls selling fresh produce.
As Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region, the Swan Valley has earned a solid reputation for its wines which range from Verdelho - a valley specialty - to other white styles, full bodied reds and some of the world’s finest fortified wines.
Explore the region and you’ll experience world class art galleries where you can often meet the artists. You may wish to take the family and discover the joy of feeding wildlife and getting up close to nature. With plenty of family friendly attractions, including the Great Valley Rally and Amazing Valley Chase treasure hunt trails, Perth’s Swan Valley is the ideal place to let the kids run free and indulge in nature, tasty treats and outdoor activities.
On your travels, you’ll find it’s ultimately the people that make the Swan Valley such a special pleasure to explore. Visit a cellar door and chances are, you’ll be greeted by the owners themselves, eager to share a yarn about the region’s 180 years of winemaking.
Guildford, a gateway to the Swan Valley
Established in 1829 on the lush banks of the Swan and Helena Rivers, Guildford is the state’s oldest and most beautifully preserved market town.
Strolling the streets of this charming village [the town was an important river port and commercial centre for the Swan River Colony and is now one of two towns in metropolitan Perth classified as a historic town by the National Trust of Australia (WA)] is like time travelling back to a bygone era.
Bring your walking shoes and explore Guildford’s beguiling colonial charm by foot or relax and enjoy the streetscape over a cup of Devonshire tea. Guildford’s long-established James Street antique strip is a treasure hunter’s paradise. Here, you can find one of the largest ranges of second hand wares outside of the Perth CBD. You can even experience the fascinating world of taxidermy at the Museum of Natural History.
After the sun goes down, huddle around the open fire pit at historic roadside stall Alfred’s Kitchen and find out why one of Australia’s top food critics, Matt Preston, christened one of its burgers as Australia’s best.
Wildlife Encounters
The Swan Valley region boasts some of the very best animals and wildlife parks and experiences that Western Australia has to offer. From national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reptile parks to picturesque picnic spots, nature trails and wildflower drives, the Swan Valley offers plenty of opportunities for an amazing face-to-face encounter with nature.
History:
Welcome to Nyoongar Country
Nyoongar Aboriginal people of the Wadjuk tribe have inhabited the region for at least 40,000 years and are the traditional owners of Western Australia’s Swan Valley. They have a strong connection with the land and believe a Dreamtime serpent, the Wagyl, once travelled across the country, carving out the valley and the Swan River.