For as long as I can remember I have worried about my size and weight. It’s so sad to think that even when I was 13 I was obsessed with wanting to be a certain shape and size. Of course all those bullying kids didn’t help. I was so young, but also so naive.
Admittedly over 15 years later I still probably worry about it just as much, but at least now I can look past that and aim to be a healthier person rather than a certain size. Healthy living is the way to go, but I am not one of those people who will go to extremes, and you guys know that!
I love my wine (okay I admit it, I’m obsessed) and I love my food. Realistically, that is never going to change so I accept it with a big huge smile on my face. I just know that I need to balance all that glorious eating and drinking out with healthy living. And I do this with a lot of water drinking, exercising and a good old positive attitude.
So what I like to do, is mix the healthy with my lifestyle. Yep you know what I’m talking about!
So on my vendetta to a healthy lifestyle I have come up with a Swan Valley Self-Guided Walking Tour! The best bit is that it starts from the Guildford train station, so no sober driver needed! Plus it’s a good excuse to go shopping at Lorna Jane or Lululemon so you’re looking good for your day out in the Valley.
On this tour that I have put together and tested (just a few times to make sure it’s good enough for you guys!) you’ll visit 3 wineries and a brewery with a few optional stops along the way. You can most definitely take a bike on this tour if you want to move a bit quicker however I prefer to be on foot as I’m ultra unco on bikes!
The total distance is just under 13km – easy peasy! I’ve popped in a couple of extra options too like a brekkie stop, map stop and a dinner stop!
So without further adieu…
Stop 1 – Champagne Breakfast at Jezebelle – 400 metres
After you arrive at Guildford Train Station you can pop over the road for a much-needed full breakie with Champagne of course.
Stop 2 – Swan Valley Visitor Centre – 350metres
Just incase you want to grab a map or extra info the team at the visitor centre are fantastic.
Stop 3 – Riverbank Estate – 2.7km
Wine tasting stop number 1, wohoo! They also do food if you’re peckish.
Stop 4- Ambrook Estate – 2km
A great spot for a cheese platter (awesome value) and wine tasting.
Stop 5 – Pinelli Estate – 2.2km
A bit of a hill up to the cellar door, but there is wine tasting at the end!
Stop 6 – Ironbark Brewery – 1.1km
Finish the day off with a beer, cider or wine at this cute, off-the-beaten-path spot.
Stop 7 – Alfred’s Burger Kitchen – 3.6km
After making your way back to Guildford, you definitely deserve to stop in at Alfred’s for one of their tasty burgers or pot of soup. And then a short 450 metres and you’re back to the Guildford Train Station!
Very important items you should take:
- Comfy shoes!
- Backpack for your wallet and personal items + room for unexpected purchases!
- Water bottle (I am sure the wineries will kindly fill it up for you, there is also a Caversham Store on West Swan Road if you need to purchase some)
- Sunscreen and a hat, we do live in WA after all!