Swan Valley

Our last day in Perth.  We borrowed Grandpa John’s car and headed for the Swan Valley.  The Swan Valley is just half an hour from Perth CBD and known for its food and wine trails.  Stopping at the Guilford Information Centre for a map Mum created our very own Swan Valley fun trail, up West Swan Road and back down the Great Northern Highway, tailored especially to us kids.

Stop 1: The Margaret River Chocolate Company

Stop one was The Margaret River chocolate factory.

Check out our big smiles at our first stop!

We peered through the window at them making chocolates and even got to sample a few.

We peered through the window at chocolatiers making delicious treats.  We even got to sample a few.

We stopped for a coffee.

It’s a great spot for a coffee break.

and a leg stretch.

and a leg stretch.

Stop 2: Cuddly Animal Farm

They gave us buckets of bread and cabbage so we could feed all the animals.

They gave us buckets of food so we could feed all the animals.

The rabbits and guinea pigs were more welcoming than the sheep and goats.

The guinea pigs were shy at first.

But we got a few cuddles.

But we got a few cuddles in the end.

And the chicks were okay.  But I really, really, really didn't like the goats.  Mum had to rescue me from there!

The chicks also were reasonably friendly. But I really, really, really didn’t like the goats. Mum had to rescue me from their house.

The bikes, bounce house and play ground was also fun.

We got a sweat up on the bikes, bounce house and play ground.

And the train.  But by the end of all of that we were getting hungry!

And had a good time on the train. But by the end of all of that we were getting hungry!

Stop 3: The Cheese Barrel

The Cheese Barrel is the cafe connected to The Olive Vineyard which was the first to plant vines in 1829.  The lunch and wine (according to Mum and Papi) was delicious.

The Cheese Barrel is the cafe on site at Olive Farm Wines which was the first winery in WA, planting vines in 1829. The lunch and wine (according to Mum and Papi) was delicious.

Fortunately Mum and Papi were happy to sit and wait whilst Rafa and I had a leisurely play in the sandpit.

Fortunately Mum and Papi were content to sit and wait whilst Rafa and I had a leisurely play in the sandpit.

Stop 4: Whistler’s Chocolate Company

Didn't I mention Mum did a great job of planning this day for us?  Whistler's Chocolate Factory gave us more chocolate samples.

Mum said we could have a fourth stop at another chocolate place if we were good at lunch.  I’m sure that’s called bribery but we were cool with that.

Clearly we were VERY good at lunch because we even scored another babycino.

Clearly we were VERY good at lunch because we even scored another babycino.

And time to run around and build more sandcastles.

And even some extra time to run around and build more sandcastles.

Stops 5, 6 and 7.  Looking for Lucy.

Found her!

Found her!  Actually she was at Whistler’s but I thought she was still buried in the sandpit at the Cheese Barrel so there was a bit of a back tracking trying to find her.

The day was as long as this post but a really happy one.  After being reunited with Lucy all of us in the back seat slept soundly on the drive back to Perth.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Swan Valley”

  1. Bree @ meandmy2guys Says:

    When Guy was 3 I took him over to Perth to meet up with his dad who was doing lots of work there. We did a very similar trip through the Swan complete with a stop at the Animal Farm. On that day Guy got attacked by an alpaca and I had to rescue him and got attacked myself. Then I tried to show him that not all animals were nasty so I patted a piglet who promptly bit my finger! His favourite part of the day was the train ride.

  2. Abuela Says:

    I noticed Lucy peering over the counter at the Margaret River Chocolatier. I thought she had maybe decided that was a good place to settle in for the day. I would gladly have looked after her there!

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Sounds like lots of fun! I am sure that Grandpa John will want to take the very same trek – so looking forward to the chocolate, lunch and patting the guinea pigs! On your recommendation, we will skip the goats!

  4. iggytheaviator Says:

    I would have a good stern talk to Lucy. I’d tell her to pay attention to what is happening and keep up with the family.

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