The Swan Valley is an area that is in the north east part of metropolitan Perth. It is defined by the Swan River which passes through it, and the Darling Scarp which lies on its eastern boundary.
The Swan River was the main access for early access to the coastal plain between Fremantle and the hills that lay to the east of Perth. As a consequence all very early european land holdings were aligned to the river. It was the main way in to the land. Guildford was established before Perth, and the valley had the earliest farms and founding families located in the area.
The 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 porceeding north up 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, to Bassendean and Midland - the main railway stations near the valley that have connecting bus services into the valley.
Buses travel into the Swan Valley from Bassendean, and Midland.
By coach tour
From Perth coach tours 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 travel to and from winerines 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.
- Guildford historical buildings
- The Swan River
- Visit the many locations in the Swan Valley 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
- Alfred's Kitchen, Cnr Meadow and James St, ☎ +61 8 9377 1378, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-Th 5PM-1AM, Fr Sa 5PM-3AM. Since 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.
- Whiteman Park
- Perth Hills
- Caversham Wildlife Park