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Published June 18th 2014
A speedy 30 minutes outside of Perth, one can find a beautiful little hamlet (actually it's referred to as a shire) called the Swan Valley, full of gorgeous views, vineyards, food, and activities. See what I mean?
The beautiful views of the Swan Valley and adjacent Swan River
A crisp autumn day (or spring, summer, mild winter day, too, for that matter) calls for a mini road trip, culminating in hiking and wine. This past weekend, I ventured to the Swan Valley for just that. The destinations were Bell's Rapids Walk Trail, followed by lunch and a bottle of wine at Houghton Wines and Cafe. If you have a day to escape from Perth, I recommend both.
Bell's Rapids Walk Trail is a straight-forward (not to mention relatively flat) 5.5 kilometre hike alongside the Swan River - a bonus of this trail is that come the first week of August, it offers superb views of the infamous Avon Descent. The loop takes you past the river on one side and lush greenery on the other. Bring a picnic, your children, or your dog - you'll all types enjoying the scenery and lovely day. And don't worry - this hike was made for all levels and capabilities. Walk as much and as far as you can and would like on this well marked, flat path.
The lush greenery, coupled with the sound of the meandering river, adds to the tranquility of the Bell's Rapids Walk Trail
If you're craving some lunch (or perhaps a tipple) following your hike, a good spot to grab a bite would be Houghton Wines, just a ten minute drive from the Bell's Rapids Walk Trail. Despite being a winery, Houghton offers something for everyone - "winos" to children alike.
Great green space to enjoy lunch, wine or just play footy
One of the oldest wine producers in the region, Houghton boasts 175 years of experience in viticulture and customer service. Dine al fresco amongst the sprawling pine trees and enjoy one of their seven ranges of wine (I purchased a bottle of the beautiful Wisdom Sauvignon Blanc).
If wine isn't really your thing, fear not. The cafe's menu is as comprehensive as it is delicious, with lovely fresh sandwiches, salads, pizzas, sides, and desserts (and for those of you that are gluten free, there are plenty of options for those diners as well). And definitely don't skip the chips.