Great trails in the Swan Valley!
The Swan Valley is a convenient, wine-lovers haven. Located only 35 minutes from the Perth CBD, the Valley is the perfect getaway and has tons to offer locals and tourists alike. Our handy trails will have you exploring this region in a car, on your bike or on foot, and will display the many gems of the Valley including breweries, art galleries, golf courses, distilleries, restaurants, and of course, wineries.
Wine & Walk
For the more active wine lover, this ‘wine and walk’ tour is perfect to get you moving and touring the Valley’s best wineries. Start your day at the boutique Mann Winery at 11am for a chat with founder Dorham over a tasting of their two French sparkling wines. Read up before stopping at Mann, however, as their season begins in August and ends whenever all the wine has been sold. After this, enjoy a short walk to Upper Reach Winery for a casual lunch and glass of wine at the stunning RiverBrook Restaurant. If you fancy, hop on a specialised tour of Upper Reach after lunch, before walking off the food and heading over to Pandemonium Estate. After a tasting at their rustic cellar shed, make your way to Harris Organic Wines for a quick tasting, and then walk over to John Kosovich Wines for an intriguing tasting of complex, rare muscats. The last stop of the day is at Twin Hill Wines, before you make your way back to Mann and farewell the Valley for the day.
Wineries with Great Fortified Wines
For those with more pronounced wine preferences, taking a trip through some of the Swan Valley’s finest fortified wineries is sure to thrill. On the first Saturday of each month, Talijancich Wines’ winemaker James runs a free, one-hour tour which takes small groups through the history of the estate’s winery, vineyard and cellar door. The tour kicks off at 11am, so book online and arrive at the winery by at least 10:50am to secure your spot. After the tour concludes, pop in to Highway Wines for a tasting of their extremely popular Vintage Port before making your way to Sandalford for a delicious lunch in their picturesque alfresco restaurant. After lunch, stop at Ugly Duckling Wines for a tasting, pop in to Faber Vineyard and enjoy a unique ‘wine studio’ experience, and then conclude your day at Lamont’s with a relaxed tasting or platter of seasonal foods.
Arriving just after 1pm, you’ll be glad to dig in to the delicious A La Carte menu available. Enjoy vineyard views while sipping away at Sandalford’s highly-rated wine selection – they’ve been making wines in WA for over 175 years, after all! . For larger groups, make sure to book in early. Groups of 12 or larger are given a set menu.
Arrive just before 4:30 for a quick tasting and perhaps a few bottles to take home with you and grab a couple of bottles to take home with you. Have a bit of a wander around before closing (5pm) and enjoy the views over Lamont’s sweeping vineyard before the suns goes down
Weekend in the Valley
After an overnight stay at The Sebel, make your way to the Illusionary Art shed for some creative, optically-intriguing artwork. Then, head to the Great Northern Distillery and enjoy a sample and a yarn with the friendly staff. If you fancy a tour, be sure to visit the Distillery on a Sunday between 12pm and 4pm. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, lunch at Chapel Farm is sure to hit the spot. Its fully-enclosed restaurant overlooks a lake and stunning pastures and features tapas, pizzas and small bites on its share-based menu. After lunch, detour via the Linton and Kay Gallery (above) at Mandoon Estate for a glance at their current exhibitions, and then make your way back to the The Sebel for a round of golf on their private course.
Cycling Wine Trail
For the more adventurous wine lovers, hop on your bike, grab a helmet and hit the road on this 13km cycling wine trail – perfect for the warmer times of year. Park your car (or mount your bike) at Vino Italia, kicking the day off with a tasting of their Italian-inspired wines. Next, head to Jane Brook Estate for a well-earned lunch stop, and dig in to one of their 100% locally sourced and produced menu items. Be sure to stop by their cellar door for a tasting before heading over to Oakover Estate for a tasting and a game of Giant Connect Four on the sprawling lawn. Finally, cycle over to Valley Wines’ rustic cellar door for a tasting before returning to Vino Italia for some well-deserved rest and a stretch of the legs.
Family Fun Day
Start your day with lunch at 12pm at Mandoon Estate, a Swan Valley staple. You’ll find delicious share plates and pizzas at the restaurant, or if the kids are getting a bit restless, grab a table at The Llawn and dig in to a gourmet picnic nearby a spacious grass area. After lunch, head north and visit Oakover for a round of Giant Connect Four, Carilley Estate for a stroll through some beautiful ancient gum trees, and The Laughin’ Barrel for a kid-friendly pizza making class. After your jam-packed afternoon, unwind at Edgecombe Brothers Winery over a glass of wine – and if you visit on a Friday night, a bite from their famed gourmet burger kitchen.
Enjoy a glass of delicious Mandoon Estate wine on the lawn while the kids wear themselves out in the designated play area – the perfect way to relax after an unforgettable meal with the family.
Oasis Supa Golf
Watch the kids’ faces light up with joy as you challenge your family to the wackiest game of golf they’ve ever experienced. Supa Golf’s giant clubs and giant balls make for a hilarious family outing in the Swan Valley.