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Marshall Park is a popular park and picnic area on the banks of the Swan River. The picnic area has wood barbecues and picnic tables, a kids playground and gravel parking area. A large oval is nearby. The John George Walk Trail leads from the picnic area to Regional Bond Reserve in Middle Swan. This riverside trail takes in views across to the vineyards of Riverbank Estate and Sandalford Wines.
Situated at edge of the Swan River, this proves a charming spot to visit. Woodbridge House was the family home of Charles Harper, a parliamentarian and well-known personality in the late 1800s. Built in 1885, the house is a two-story brick building with lace ironwork. The interior features jarrah floors and many wonderful old paintings, photographs and antiques, some of which belonged to the Harper family. The former Woodbridge stables have been converted into a cafe. For more details, call ahead.
A favorite with outdoor enthusiasts, this is one of the longest walking tracks in Australia. It stretches 598.38 miles (963 kilometres) from Kalamunda to Albany. The track winds and climbs through spectacular scenery including Jarrah and Karri forests unique to Western Australia. For those not keen to spend six weeks on their feet, the return trip from Kalamunda to Mundaring Weir Hotel proves a comfortable day walk.
The Hills Forest Activity Centre opened in 1990. As its name suggests, the center offers enjoyable activities undertaken in the hills and the forest. While the center opens daily, it is a good idea to phone ahead for details on scheduled activities. You can join a night walk or 'Meet the Marsupials'. For the more adventurous, try abseiling under the full moon. A local favorite is the summer music series.
Escape from your hectic schedule and head to Lilac Hill Park to relax and unwind amidst nature. Stroll around the lush green park or simply enjoy a picnic with family and friends. This place is also witness to the international cricket match which is annually held here. All in all, the serene and pristine surroundings calm your senses.
Swan Valley has been captivating visitors with its beauty since the very first explorer set foot on its rich soil. Captain James Stirling, who discovered the area in 1827, remarked in his diary that it was "as beautiful as anything" he had ever seen, and folks continue to rave about Swan Valley today. The site is best known for being the oldest wine region in the state, and its establishments offer both unforgettable vintages and mouth-watering gastronomy. Given its beauty and fertility, Swan Valley is also a great place for easygoing outdoor recreation. Check out the Food and Wine Trail, Heritage Trail, or both! This natural and cultural oasis is a perfect destination for day-trippers in Western Australian.
The town of Guildford boasts many historical buildings, particularly in the area surrounding the original town square. One of these buildings, the Guildford Old Town Gaol, dates back to 1841. Located next to the Old Court House and Pioneer Settlers Cottage, the gaol provides a fascinating insight into the early settler era. Visitors interested in a guided tour should enquire at the Old Court House. The Swan Guildford Historical Society, based in the court house, run a small museum and offer tours of the gaol.