The Swan Valley is packed with beaut picnic spots perfect for communal outdoor eating with family and friends.
Head to the Valley for some fresh air and to indulge in a romantic graze with your loved ones.
For a guide on some great walking and driving trails or to stop and have a picnic, view the Trails, parks and picnic guide(PDF, 6MB) or pick up a copy from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on your way through.
Here's a few ideas to get you started.
A popular recreation and conservation reserve that is a whopping 10 times larger than Kings Park, Whiteman Park is packed with facilities, events and attractions for the whole family. Explore the glorious Banksia bushland where you may catch a glimpse of grey kangaroos or black gloved wallabies, or visit the tranquil Children's Forest and Caversham Wildlife Park (please note, there is a fee for entering Caversham Wildlife Park).
Picnic Areas are open seven days a week, with free admission to Whiteman Park from 8.30am to 6pm.
Yagan Memorial Park
Paying tribute to Yagan, a Swan Valley Noongar Elder who played a significant part in West Australian history in his quest to secure an equitable share of the land for his people, a visit to this park is a poignant experience. The respect he earned in his lifetime and the circumstances that led to his death means that he still occupies a distinctive place in history 173 years later.
You'll find the Yagan Memorial Park on the corner of Great Northern Highway and West Swan Road, Swan Valley.
Lilac Hill Park - West Swan Road, Caversham
Best known for its international standard cricket facilities, Lilac Hill has the added bonus of a stunning riverside pocket perfect for family picnics. Lilac Hill is located on the north side of Barkers Bridge, heading out from Guildford on West Swan Road.
Stirling Square - Meadow Street, Guildford
A recently refurbished picturesque park that is one point of interest on a self-guided walk through historic Guildford. St Matthew’s Church and other cultural attractions provide links to Guildford’s pioneering past.
Kings Meadow Reserve - Hill Street, Guildford
Pretty-as-a-picture, with great facilities for family picnics.
Fishmarket Reserve - Swan Street, Guildford
A ripper riverside spot to have a barbecue or just take in the tranquil surrounds.
Middle Swan Reserve - Middle Swan Road, Middle Swan
One of the most popular parks in the City, thanks to its handy riverside location and host of amenities for your day out.
Reg Bond Reserve - Bernley Drive, Viveash
This reserve, tucked away on a bend in the Swan River, is perfect for a secluded day out with the family. Links with Woodbridge Riverside Park via the John George walk trail.
Woodbridge Riverside Park - First Avenue, Woodbridge
The riverside area has been a favourite spot with locals for many years and is now complemented with playground equipment and picnic facilities. Links with Reg Bond Reserve via the John George walk trail.
Bells Rapids - Cathedral Avenue, Brigadoon
White water rapids make this an exciting viewing spot during the Avon Descent. Perfect for a picnic or that special day out.
Maali Bridge Park - Barrett St, Herne Hill
A great picnic spot on the river’s edge in the heart of the Swan Valley’s vineyards, complete with a range of modern playground equipment to keep the kiddies amused.
Noble Falls and F R Berry Reserve, Gidgegannup
Just over 20km east of the Swan Valley along Toodyay Road, these locations offer walk trails and the nearby small township of Gidgegannup.(PDF, 4MB)
Please note: Noble Falls is now open again following the bushfires. Visitors are advised to show caution as this is a fire affected area. Members of the public are asked to please stay on designated trails only and to take care not to enter private properties, some of which are still without fencing. FR Berry Reserve remains temporarily closed to the public.
Whether you're seeking adventure, scenery or solitude in the Swan Valley, exploring the natural wonders of nearby national parks is extremely rewarding. The quality of your nature-based experience is enhanced by informed staff and facilities designed to minimise your impact on the environment.
National parks located in or near to the Swan Valley include: