The picturesque Swan Valley. Known and loved by the people of Perth as that place that's closer than Margaret River, but just far enough away to feel like you've skipped town.
I've taken the bus there with friends and enjoyed a day of fresh air and wine tasting. Packed up a car load of out-of-town relatives because, let's face it – we're a little bored of Kings Park. And last weekend? I did it a little differently.
I took a Captain Cook Cruise up to the Swan Valley on a full day Wine Cruise. The one I took is called 'Perth's Famous Wine Cruise'. And I now know why.
Departing Perth on a Sunday at 9:45am from Barrack Street Jetty, let me tell you was not my idea of a perfect Sunday morning.
My perfect Sunday morning usually involves no alarm, then poached eggs on toast when I decide to wake up. But I was willing to give this early start a go after hearing it involved three of my most favourite things. Great scenery, a floating vessel, and of course, wine – and plenty of it.
The 7 hour cruise kicks off with the perfect partner to wine – some cheese and crackers, as we head upstream to the Swan Valley.
Along the way, our Captain and Tour Guide gives us a little history of the places we pass on the Swan River, and we begin to sample some wine. Who knew learning could be so much fun?
There is now only 1 stop on the cruise which is Sandalford Estate where a 2 course lunch is served, wine tastings and film & tour presentation.
All in all – you won't find a better way to take in the Swan Valley. Ditch organising that stifling bus, and get there in style. A Captain Cook Wine Tour is a great way to spend a Sunday with friends like I did.
The official name of this cruise is Perth's Famous Wine Cruise.
Who needs a pub when you can have the city skyline to ogle as you sip wine and breathe in the fresh air of our beautiful City?
Image appears courtesy of Captain Cook Cruises website