Ever since it was discovered by Captain James Sterling in 1827, the Swan Valley has managed to maintain its stature as one of the best weekend getaways around Perth. It is also Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region and the continent’s first Humane Food Region. The Swan Valley comprises vineyards that are famous for their award-winning produce. Contrary to Perth’s rather dry landscape, the rich, fertile soil of the Swan Valley with its vast cover of greenery reflects tranquility at its best.
The Swan Valley and Darling Scarp are close to Perth and can be reached by a 20-minute car drive. If you’re not a local, you can opt for car rental services, which are easily available in Perth. Bicycles are also available for hire in the Swan Valley that can be peddled through special cycle trails and provide a much elaborate view of the outdoors.
Things to Do
There are numerous ways to rejuvenate and unwind in the Swan Valley. You can start your trip with the 32-kilometer long Food and Wine Trail, during the event of which you should look forward to trying the Verdelho, Shiraz, and fortified wines. You could also explore and find places that offer free tasting of local preservers and dried fruits & nuts. Art enthusiasts can visit the various art & craft galleries and artist studios located throughout the Swan Valley. There are various restaurants and bakeries that serve tasteful delicacies from all over the world. And, what’s more? They make for brilliant Instagram pictures, too!
October is the best time to head for the Swan Valley when the annual ‘Spring in the Valley’ weekend takes place, which is considered one of the biggest food & wine festivals that have originated in Australia. You could also take your experience to a whole new level by visiting the Swan Valley through a boat cruise from the Perth City along the Swan River.
People who are yearning for a unique vacation experience should refrain from the monotone of the same old plans. They should instead pack their bags and set out towards the vast greens of the Swan Valley. Resting your shoulders on a cozy hammock, while flipping through the pages of your favorite novel and simultaneously taking a sip of one of the finest wines produced in the continent – that’s the kind of weekend one can look forward to at the Swan Valley.