"Keeweechic's Swan Valley" Upper Swan by keeweechic

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The Swan Valley is Western Australia’s oldest wine growing area and only 30 minutes from downtown Perth. Because of the Mediterranean climate and rich soil, the valley has something like forty wineries, many of which are award winners and many are family run. There are also several breweries in the area including 5 microbrew outlets as well as 2 distilleries offering handcrafted gin, whiskey, vodka, rum and liquers.

There are many activities on offer in the Swan Valley including horse riding, golf, bush walking and cycling.

The Swan Valley offers a pleasant retreat and a gastronomic experience. Take a tour or just do your own driving around the many places to wine taste or enjoy all the valley has to offer.

Whiteman Park is an area 20kms northeast of Perth in the Swan Valley which has set aside for conservation and covers 10,000 acres of untouched bushland. The Park’s name derives from a prominent local resident, Mr Lew Whiteman who lived from 1903-1994. The Whiteman family arrived from England in the late 19th century and settled in Guildford. During 1940’s Lew Whiteman bought land around Mussel Pool . During 1978 the State Government purchased both his land as well as land from other private owners and formed Whiteman Park. The purpose was to protect a major underground drinking water source which supplied the Perth Metro area.

The park is a favourite place for families and nature lovers to enjoy as well as birdwatchers. Some bird species found in the park are Painted button-quail, Elegant Parrot, Red-capped Parrot, robin, wood swallow, cuckoo’s and even wedge-tailed eagles have been seen from time to time. Within the park there are numerous picnic grounds, carparks, playgrounds, a motor museum, tractor museum and the bus preservation society. There are walking tracks and cycle paths also plus a new area for dogs off-leash exercising. Journey the park via the old electric tram which connects different areas such as the grasslands, swamp, bushlands and mussel pool. Whiteman Park Map Within the park is the Caversham Wildlife Park which covers its own 4300 hectares within Whiteman Park and who's breeding program is officially recognised by Australian Zoos. The park has bred its own wombats, Tasmanian devils and koalas.

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. (c) keeweechic 2001-2007 (copyright)

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  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2005 at 7:49 PM

    amazing..you see KW, I have seen already so much of WA, but then.. sooo little. I sure have an other trip to make, the Caversham Park sure on the list. excellent tips and pix, tks KW..you're looking quite happy in front of the camera *..^

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 6:21 AM

    Fantastic page CB.. I love the photos.. especially the white kangaroo and white peacock. Ohh.. the wombat is so cute.. lol

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2005 at 12:37 PM

    I loved the picture of the dingo their faces are so lovely. Not too sure about the fruit bat though! A great page

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2005 at 6:41 AM

    Great page KeeWee! Love the White peacock’s, never heard of them before. You in a picture? Very helpful information and coverage, wonderful photos as always! Sounds like a lot of fun and relaxing. :o)

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 4:45 AM

    Excellent pages; with those rare animals. I love the masked owl, and the albino Kangaroos. lovely pictures.


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