Margaret River has always been synonymous with Western Australia’s wine region. However, Margaret River is also at least a three-hour drive away from Perth City, which means more time on the road and less time enjoying wine. Too many visitors to Western Australia tend to overlook the fact that there actually is a much closer wine region to the city: Perth Hills. In fact, it’s so close that it’s only a 30-minute drive away from the city.
Perth Hills finds its home within the Darling Range and is home to many of the city’s best-kept secrets including wineries owned by generations of families, cideries, amazing restaurants, and cafes. If you look hard enough, you’ll be able to find wineries and cellar doors scattered all around from the Chittering Valley, to central Perth Hills, Bickley Valley, and Serpentine Valley. In fact, Bickley Valley is so saturated with wineries and cideries that it is possible to do a wine trail with over 15 places to visit.
One of the best ways to experience the cellar doors of Perth Hills is to either hire a driver to bring you around or rent a car and drive yourself around. However, there are strict alcohol regulations in the country and the staff at the cellar door will likely not offer you any wine should you be the designated driver. If you want to fully experience everything that the cellar doors have to offer, it’s best to hire a driver.
Now that you’re equipped with the know-how on getting around Perth Hills, here are several notable cellar doors and wineries you’ll need to visit during your time up there.