Perth/Swan ValleyPerth. It is defined by the Swan River which passes through it, and the Darling Scarp which lies on its eastern boundary.
HistoryThe area around Guildford and the Swan Valley was the location of some of the earliest settlements in Western Australia. Old wineries, old pubs and old churches give an idea of the history of the valley.
Starting from the Swan Valley Tourist information centre in Guildford (not far from the railway station), it is possible to do a round drive by proceeding north along West Swan Road, up to where it links with the Great Northern Highway, and back down to Midland or Guildford. The signs and maps indicate a large number of wineries, and other attractions and businesses along this route.
From Perth, take the train to Bassendean or Midland. These are the main railway stations near the valley, and they have connecting bus services into the valley.
By coach tourCoach tours from Perth include winery visits for tastings, and stopping at various places for food and drink options. There is also a Hop on Hop off shuttle service that travels around the Swan Valley between Wednesday and Sunday, giving the opportunity to visit wineries without having to drive.
By river cruise
Leaving Perth, River cruise boats travel along the Swan Valley, and in most cases coincide with coach transport to various wineries. It is possible to go on a morning cruise, a coach winery tour, and a return cruise to Perth.
GuildfordPerched on the banks of both the Swan Rives and Helena Rivers it is described as the gateway to the Swan Valley. Guildford is one of Western Australia's oldest settlements. While it has been absorbed into the Perth metropolitan area, it still retains its distinctiveness with many historical buildings and excellent pubs, restaurants and cafes. The whole of Guildford is now a designated heritage locality, with the quaint James St shopping strip being a good example of the streetscape of the older Guildford.
phone: +61 8 9379 9400address: Corner Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford WA 6055Situated in historic Guildford, the Swan Valley Visitor Centre has lots of information about Swan Valley attractions and events and can assist with bookings, tourist maps, and souvenirs. It is attached to an interesting Museum, and is amongst buildings of a former prison.
The Swan River
All Saints Anglican Church
Along the Great Northern Highway:
- Houghtons Wines. This winery provides a popular spot for a picnic.
- Oakover wines
- Jarrah Ridge
- Carilley Estate
- Olive Farm
- Feral Brewing
- Lancaster Wines
Along Toodyay Road:
- Garbin Estate
- Jane Brook
Along West Swan Road:
- Henley Park
- Wild Swan
- Black Swan
- The Margaret River Chocolate Factory
- Sandalford Wines
- Lilac Hill estate wines
- Ironbark brewery
- Riverbank Estate wines
phone: +61 8 9377 1378address: Cnr Meadow and James StSince 1946 this place has been serving burgers to hungry insomniacs at the small counter with a log fire burning in front. In recent years it has cleaned up its act and the rough clientele have changed accordingly. Nonetheless, the food is good and not just because everything else is shut at 1AM.
phone: +61 8 9296 4307address: Cnr West Swan Rd and Gnangara Rd, Henley BrookRustic family cafe restaurant and winemaker. Look out especially for their Muscat and Fortified Shiraz. They grow and sell a range of produce on premises.
phone: +61 8 9250 8599address: 4752 West Swan Road, West SwanBoutique coffee roaster and cafe. They roast a wide range of coffees on premises, have daily coffee tastings, and sell coffee and tea making and paraphernalia and novelty items. Views overlooking the vineyards and a small lake with a large grassed area and indoor and outdoor seating.
phone: +61 448 972 477address: 104 Victoria Rd, DaytonA farmstay with a WA rural feel. Breakfast at the B&B is produced ingredients produced on the hobby farm.