Why the Swan Valley is weekend lunch central

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Why the Swan Valley is weekend lunch central.

Long, lazy lunches over our precious weekends are something to look forward to – whether it’s family time with young kids, or couple time. Of course the welcoming, laid back Swan Valley is the ultimate spot,

From world-class wineries and award-winning boutique breweries, to delectable fresh produce, it’s a destination to tantalise our tastebuds. So put these top lunch tables on your list today:

Mandoon Estate

This boutique winery is a firm family favourite. Take your place at the table in their stylish restaurant with a menu featuring local produce in a tempting array of dishes. Mandoon is home to a grassed outdoor beer garden with picnic tables and woodfired pizzas for hungry tummies. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, so relax in the sun and sample plenty of great wines and craft beers.


The classic rolling vineyards of the Swan Valley surround Sitella, which is a charming, must-do destination for long lunches. The restaurant is Tuscan inspired, so don’t bypass the legendary risotto with roasted vegetables. The wine list offers plenty to enjoy, and on your out, stop in at the cellar door to take home a memory, such as their Tinta Rouge Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo.

Elmars in the Valley

With a passion for traditional German beers, Elmars is a destination worth planning for. This Swan Valley brewery is home to the largest glass micro-brewery kettle in the southern hemisphere, and it produces award winning beers brewed in strict accordance with the 1516 German Beer Purity Law. Enjoy an a la carte menu in the restaurant with legendary dishes. Or experience the amazing beer garden menu for a memorable day out.

Feral Brewing Company

It’s said you haven’t lived until you’ve visited this legendary artisanal brewery! Whether you enjoy weekend lunch here as a group of friends, a couple, or a family with energetic kids and dogs, you’ll find plenty to love. Taste a wide range of beers, well known for their irreverent descriptions. The restaurant menu is extensive and deserves time to savour local delicacies. The beer garden menu is ideal for relaxed fun time in the summer or winter sun.


It’s hard to think of the Swan Valley without this classic winery set mong beautiful grounds. Houghton Café is perfect for relaxed lunches with friends. The menu is seasonal and you’ll find shared plates, hearty mains and a range of tasty sides to keep you there for hours. Don’t forget to drop in at the wonderful cellar door, and find something among their crisp, fresh, citrusy whites or their rich, fruity reds.

And don’t miss these post-lunch stops! Take home a taste of the Swan Valley from:

  • The Cheese Barrel: An astounding array of internationally inspired soft and hard cheeses.
  • The Margaret River Chocolate Factory: Lose yourself in this wonderland of smooth treats.
  • Maison St Honore Patisserie: Heavenly handmade sensations, like macarons.

Remember, if you’d like to have all these and more Swan Valley experiences on your doorstep, consider the wonderful lifestyle of Balwyn Private Estate.

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