Although Perth is well known for having the best beaches in the world, it also offers a charming country experience within an hour east of the CBD. Rolling hills and valleys, stunning scenery, wildflowers, walk trails, the famous Swan Valley Wine Region, fresh produce and the State’s oldest pubs, a visit east is a must do while here in Western Australia. We have a guide to all of the best things to do in Swan Valley and the Hills East of Perth.
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.
Within the Valley you can enjoy interacting with over 200 species of animals at Caversham Wildlife Park and Whiteman Park is 4000 hectares of natural bushlands where you can enjoy a range of actvities with a mini water playground, motor museum, vintage train and tram rides and plenty of BBQ and picnic facililies. Drop into the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, corner of Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford or call 9379 9400. Open seven days, or visit www.swanvalley.com.au.
If you enjoy bush walking, the Perth Hills has eight National Parks boasting six of the State’s Top Trails (walk and cycle), with many well marked trails including the international acclaimed Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi off road cycle trail. You’ll find scenic look outs, tranquil picnic spots, waterfalls and an oasis of natural bush and wildlife. The small country towns of Mundaring and Kalamunda have a rustic, country feel offering locally made arts and crafts, fresh produce, markets, great coffee, galleries and old country pubs. Throughout the region there are numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs offering first class dining experiences. See below for a selection of things to do in the Swan Valley, Perth Hills and all of the attractions and activities east of Perth.