Swan Valley - A Rich Mix of Art, Wine, Food and Culture


The Swan Valley is a region of land about 25-minutes east of the centre of Perth that is famous for its mix of wineries, farmland, natural bush, historical buildings, scenic rivers and the promise of an unforgettable day out.

It also holds the enviable reputation as being Western Australia’s oldest wine growing region as well as the closest wine region to any city in the world.

The town of Guildford, a short 12 km from the centre of Perth as you head towards the hills, is the gateway to the valley and well worth a visit if you have time on your journey.

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Perth Day Trips

This section of Perth Walkabout is dedicated to providing you with some suggested day trips to make from Perth depending on your interests.

Perth has some exciting things to see and do that are within a few hours away from Perth.

Please feel free to browse our suggested Perth day trips for a fun and interesting day out.

Put a Spring in your Step and Head to the Swan Valley


Mark Twain once said that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. I, for one, must disagree.

The organisers of Spring in the Valley, Perth are doing something about it: a month-long celebration of food, wine, beer, art, craft, music and activities. A veritable feast just as the warmth of spring takes hold of Perth.

The 21st anniversary of Spring in the Valley, one of the largest festivals of its kind in Australia, will this year take place in the Swan Valley, Perth region throughout the entire month of October.

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Take a Day Trip to the Premiere Coastal City of Mandurah


Located about 72 kms south of Perth in Western Australia is the beautiful city of Mandurah. Due to its location on the coast, the city attracts a large number of national and international tourists throughout the year. Dolphins, seagulls and the very rare blue manna crab are found in the waters of Mandurah.

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Bitten by the Rottnest Island Bug


"Turn around really slowly and carefully," my biking partner says as I stoop to put down my helmet. "And look at what's behind you."

As an Irishwoman in Australia, it's got to be the phrase I least wanted to hear.

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