Tucked away in Perth’s east, you’ll discover the beautiful riverside suburb of Viveash. Home to the new master planned community in Rivermark, it’s a place that offers beautiful residences and an enviable riverside lifestyle.
But despite its small size, Viveash is big on things to see and do. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of local favourites and hidden gems for you to experience and enjoy.
From exploring nature to indulging in some delicious food, here are the top 10 things to see and do in Viveash, Perth.
1. Explore the Swan River
Fronting a quiet bend on the meandering Swan River, Rivermark Viveash residents get to experience everything this enviable riverside lifestyle has to offer. But it’s not just residents who get to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Swan. A great place to relax and unwind, it’s perfect for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride along its banks. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not explore the river's picturesque waterways with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard - both available for hire if you don’t have your own.
The John George Trail is a great way to experience the beauty of the Swan River with a 5.5km dual use pathway weaving its way along its shores. With access for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs and prams, the trail offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a variety of flora, wildlife and history, as well as stunning views.
2. Sample the delights at Sandalford Wines
Founded in 1840, Sandalford Wines is one of the Swan Valley’s oldest and most iconic wineries. Producing a wide range of premium wines, it’s an absolute must for locals and visitors to the area. A visit to their Cellar Door allows you to sample and purchase all five superb ranges of Sandalford Wine.
If you’d like to stay a bit longer the Sandalford Bar and Restaurant will not disappoint. Serving up a marriage of modern Australian and contemporary European cuisine, you’ll enjoy the absolute best of WA’s seasonal produce, enhanced by hand-rolled pasta, wood-fired pizza and artisanal products.
3. Get up close to the wildlife at Caversham Wildlife Park
Located just a 15 minute drive from Rivermark Viveash, Caversham Wildlife Park offers the perfect day out with the opportunity to meet some of Australia's most iconic animals, including kangaroos, koalas, and wombats.
The Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm is another unforgettable experience for the kids with their petting zoo, pony rides and bouncy castle, plus the opportunity to feed lambs & guinea pigs.
4. Discover the rich stories of Chapel Farm
If you’re wanting to experience true rustic style Swan Valley charm, you simply can’t go past Chael Farm. The Victorian homestead gracing the front of Chapel Farm’s extensive property has been converted, respecting all original features, into a funky little bar and restaurant offering shared foods and meals.
Known simply as The Tap, it’s the perfect place to gather, graze and share with a menu designed to encompass the warmth felt in enjoying good food with friends and family.
5. Experience caffeine fueled innovation at the Crooked Spire Coffee & Art House
What happens when you mix award-winning coffee with urban art culture? You get the Crooked Spire, a communal space for a meeting of minds; a place where creativity, tunes, and coffee are in constant supply. The café boasts a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the artwork on display. With a menu that includes delicious homemade treats, Crooked Spire Coffee & Art House is the ideal spot for a quick catch-up with friends or a relaxing solo visit.
The café also hosts regular art exhibitions and events, providing a platform for local artists to showcase their work. Whether you're a coffee lover, art enthusiast, or simply looking for a cozy spot to relax, Crooked Spire Coffee & Art House is definitely worth a visit.
Throughout the year, the café also hosts art exhibitions and events, providing the ideal platform for local artists to exhibit their work.
6. Explore the John Forrest National Park
Located just a short drive from Rivermark Viveash, John Forrest National Park is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts with no shortage of activities or attractions to enjoy. Whether you’re a nature lover or adventure seeker you won’t be disappointed with a stunning mix of scenery, including waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife. A great place for a day of exploring, there are also numerous walking trails and picnic spots to choose from.
Here are some of our favourite things to do in the park:
- Hiking: The park offers several hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. The Eagle View Trail and the National Park Falls Trail are popular choices among hikers.
- Picnicking: Relax with family and friends in a shady spot surrounded by stunning natural scenery.
- Wildlife spotting: Home to a variety of native wildlife, you could be lucky enough to experience kangaroos, wallabies, and a range of beautiful bird species, visible from the hiking trails or designated viewing areas.
- Cycling: Pedal your way through the park with a network of mountain biking trails that cater to riders of all levels, from beginners to experts.
- Aboriginal culture: The park has several sites that showcase the culture and history of the local Noongar people, including the interpretive walk at the Swan View Tunnel and the sculpture trail at the Mundaring Weir.
7. Experience fine wine and fine food at Mandoon Estate
Mandoon Estate is a must-visit destination for wine lovers and foodies, offering a unique blend of award-winning wines, delicious food, and stunning natural surroundings. Known for its commitment to sustainable viticulture practices and innovative winemaking techniques, Mandoon Estate produces premium wines that reflect the region's uniqueness.
Equally renowned for its fine food, you have to visit the estate's restaurant, Wild Swan, for a true culinary experience. Offering a modern Australian menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and seasonal produce, complemented by a selection of Mandoon Estate's finest wines, it's a worthy addition to any foodie's bucket list.
8. Take a Swan Valley wine tour
The Swan Valley is known for its excellent wine with no shortage of exceptional wineries in the area that offer tastings and tours. But with 40 world-class wineries to choose from, planning your day can be overwhelming. For those wanting to experience a day out in the Valley without the worries, Swan Valley Tours has you covered. With their public and private tours available, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you sample your way through the best WA gourmet spots the Swan Valley has to offer, including wineries, microbreweries, and cheese and chocolate factories.
Whether you prefer a full-day tour with lunch or a half-day tour, there’s something for everyone. With Swan Valley Tours, you can cruise the Swan River on a boat, take a coach trip, or combine the two for a truly unforgettable Valley experience.
9. Taste the difference with fresh produce from Midland Town Hall Farmers Markets
As one of Perth's longest running farmers markets, the Midland Farmers Market is the perfect place to get fresh, local produce.
The market is held every Sunday in the historic town hall building, which adds to its charm and character and offers a wide range of locally grown and produced goods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, artisanal bread, honey, jams, and handmade crafts.
Located just a 5 minute drive from Rivermark Viveash, it’s the perfect start to your Sunday and a great place to spend a Sunday morning with family and friends.
10. Get acquainted with the new Guildford Hotel
It might have a new look but it’s the same Guildford Hotel philosophy: good food and drink!
Originally built in 1886, the hotel underwent an extensive renovation combining the original heritage features with a stunning modern look. The Guildford Hotel offers a casual menu, mixing pub classics with a modern twist, with plenty of smoked meats straight from our in-house smoker.
The outdoor beer garden is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, and the hotel also has a variety of event spaces available for functions and weddings. With its beautiful architecture, rich history and vibrant new look, the Guildford Hotel is definitely worth a visit.
With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why Viveash has fast become a sought-after suburb for those looking for the ultimate home and lifestyle package. From exploring the natural beauty to indulging in some local food and wine, there is something for everyone in Viveash.
With land currently for sale in Viveash, you could soon be enjoying everything this charming suburb has to offer.