Within an easy thirty minute drive east from Perth lies the historic wine region of the Swan Valley, well known world wide for its award winning wines. The region is built on a unique history and heritage blending Indigenous, pioneering colonial and southern European roots. It’s proudly the oldest wine region in Western Australia and you can follow a 32 kilometres loop to enjoy free tastings of wines, coffee, cheese, chocolate and nougat, visit wineries, breweries, restaurants, cafes, arts, crafts, and shop for fresh produce. See the Swan Valley Map for a huge choice of wineries to sample world class wines; just head to the Cellar Door.
The local Aboriginal people and custodians of the land are Whadjuk Noongar people who have inhabited the region for at least 40,000 years, and are the traditional owners of the Swan Valley. The historic town of Guildford in the Whadjuk region has always been an important meeting place for Noongar people. The area contains many campsites and spiritual sites which have been used by Noongars to the present day.
Captain James Stirling first sighted the Valley in 1827, and quickly realised the Valley’s rich and fertile soils would sustain settlement – the first agricultural ventures by colonial settlers began in 1829. Southern European migrants arrived in the Swan Valley after W