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Swan Valley

The Swan Valley and surrounding area is regarded as one of Western Australia’s main tourism regions. Situated 25 minutes from the Perth CBD and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, it is the oldest wine region in WA.

The Swan Valley hosts world-class wineries, restaurants, cafes, galleries, fresh food produce, breweries, distilleries, recreational activities, antiques, nature based attractions, arts, crafts trails and accommodation.  Experience a culinary extravaganza at some of the best restaurants in the valley; wander around some of the many beautiful vine yards such as Sandalford Winery, Mandoon Estate, and Oakover Wines, many of which have large open spaces and play areas for children.

There are many family friendly attractions, take a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park where you can get up close to the local animals, enjoy a round of Supa Golf or just let the little ones run free and enjoy nature. Finish off with a trip to the chocolate factory where you can see how some of Australia’s best chocolate is made, or enjoy an ice cream in one of the many cafés with great outdoor play areas.

Whiteman Park

This popular park has a wide range of facilities, events and attractions for the whole family. Explore the Banksia bushland and catch a glimpse of grey kangaroos and maybe a black gloved wallaby on one of three bush trails and bike paths. Visit the Children’s Forest and Caversham Wildlife Park.

Picnic Areas are open 7 days a week, free admission to Whiteman Park, 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Situated in Whiteman Park it is a great place to explore all the wildlife that WA has to offer, with about 200 species of birds, animals and reptiles.  You can get up close to dingoes, emus, echidnas, quokkas, wombats, kookaburras and meet the koalas.

 

Bells Rapids

At the end of Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon you will find breathtaking scenery and white water rapids.  This is the perfect place to come on a sunny spring day when the rapids are flowing from the winter rainfall, bring a picnic and have a stroll along the many pathways, and explore across the wooden bridge.

 

Avon Valley

Located just an hours drive east of Perth is the picturesque Avon Valley.   It is the perfect destination for a day trip from Perth or a weekend getaway.  Take a peaceful drive through the gently rolling hills and countryside.

Stretching from Beverley in the south to New Norcia and Victoria Plains in the North, this region has seven intriguing localities for you to explore; Beverley, Chittering, Goomalling, Northam, Toodyay, York, New Norcia and Victoria Plains.  A unique contrast of old and new the Avon Valley offers a wide variety of experiences.

Check out The Avon Descent which is an annual race held on the first weekend of August, it is a 124km race down  the Avon river from Northam to Bayswater, and there are always lots of fun activities taking place along the route over the 2 days.

Beverley

The sleepy little town of Beverley is 130km drive from Perth and is situated on the Avon river.  This rustic town hosts many events throughout the year including motocross and tractor pull.  Discover more of Beverley’s unique history in the Dead Finish Museum which was originally built as a hotel.  For more information on Beverley visit www.beverleywa.com

Chittering

Situated just 1 hours drive from Perth, you will find the spectacular Chittering Valley nestled in the hills of the Darling range.  Visit during June to November and you will experience the beauty of wildflower season, the annual Chittering Spring Flower festival is held mid-September, for more information visit http://www.chittering.travel.  Orchard Grove is great for citrus picking, the blood oranges were the sweetest and juiciest we’ve ever tasted!  To read more on fruit picking visit our blog.

 

Goomalling

The small town of Goomalling was first established in 1903, situated a mere 90 minute drive from Perth Goomalling makes for a great day trip.  Nestled in the Avon Valley Goomallings rural charm and the ever changing agricultural landscape brings visitors back time and time again.  For more information visit http://www.goomalling.wa.gov.au

Northam

Situated on the Avon River and less than 100km from Perth lies Northam.  The historic town provides many walking tours, trails and guided tours.  Take a trip to the Northam Heritage Centre Museum and be sure to check out Australia’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge.

Toodyay

known as the jewel in the Avon Valley, located just an hours drive east of Perth.  An ideal spot for a short breakaway, you can stay in a chalet, cabin or caravan park or try out one of the old style hotels or delightful B&B’s; a good range of cafes, pubs and local shops are on offer down the main street.  For more information visit http://www.toodyay.com

Victoria Plains

Encompasses a cluster of small towns in the north west of the Avon Valley, it is again famed for it’s wildflowers and wildlife throughout spring and also provides many tracks and campsites.  Wander through Bolgart and view the Moss Rock Bell Tower and historical model tractor.

York

The historic town of York was the first inland settlement in WA, situated approximately an hours drive from Perth, York is one of WA’s most popular destinations for a day trip.  York’s beautifully restored Victorian buildings reflect the 1900’s architectural style found throughout the town and is evident in the Town Hall, Courthouse Complex, Post Office and Residency Museum.  For more information visit www.york.wa.gov.au