In the heart of Western Australia's oldest wine region, Caversham rests along the Swan River sharing close encounters of the cuddly kind at its wildlife park and a feast of fresh local flavours. Caversham and the Swan Valley are ideal self-drive destinations located 25 minutes by road from Perth, or 15 minutes from the airport. Or take a full or half day boat cruise from Perth's Barrack Street Jetty and wind your way inland along the Swan River. Once you arrive in the valley, an abundance of touring options and more than 150 attractions await. Whether you hit the self-drive Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail or climb aboard a shuttle bus, coach, or even horse-drawn carriage, you can spend the day sampling premium wines, gourmet produce, boutique beers, fine chocolates and other local delights. There are also plenty of walking and cycling trails through the bush and along the river's edge, so get your boots on or hire a bike and enjoy the great outdoors. For an experience with nature you'll never forget, head for Caversham Wildlife Park where you're invited to cuddle a wombat, feed the kangaroos or get friendly with a koala. Surrounded by 3,935 hectare Whiteman Park, there are also opportunities to spot flora and fauna beyond the wildlife park. On the river, you'll find Caversham House perched above the water and steeped in history. If you're arriving by boat, pull up to the private jetty and let the limestone stairs lead you past the four-storey waterfall to the terraced gardens. After you've worked up an appetite, satisfy your hunger at one of the many eateries, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafes. Why not extend your visit with a stay at a holiday park, bed and breakfast, farmstay or resort, and give yourself time to taste all the valley has to offer. If you're visiting in August, check out the dates for one of Australia's most unique sporting events - the Avon Descent. For decades this gruelling two day time trial over 133 kilometres has wowed crowds and challenged participants from all over the world.