Festival a harvest joy

Three local girls prepared for the Harvest festival by making a scarecrow for the competition held at one of the vineyards.
Three local girls prepared for the Harvest festival by making a scarecrow for the competition held at one of the vineyards.

Held this weekend, the 18th Bickley Valley Harvest Festival will offer myriad colours in the vineyards, orchards, the abundant deciduous trees and glorious gardens.

Visitors can partake in a variety of activities such as enjoying the local artistic talent or indulging in tastings from boutique owner-operated wineries with hand-crafted wines.

Take home fresh local produce or treat yourself with delicious lunches � all while taking the time to admire the magnificent surroundings of the Bickley Valley.

About 35 minutes drive east of Perth in the Darling Ranges, the beautiful Bickley Valley forms a crucial part of the Hills tourist industry.

Forests, extraordinary wildflowers, tranquil bushwalking trails, bird and animal life, creeks and waterfalls, are some of the scenic attractions.

Vistas of vineyards and orchards in the valleys make motoring a delight and driving into the Hills to sample the vintners� wares is a pleasant day out.

There are roadside fruit stalls, asparagus straight from the farm, beautiful open gardens and fresh flowers.

Visitors can stay at any of the country-style bed and breakfast establishments for peace and relaxation, explore the forest from the back of a camel or buy a memento from one of the local potteries or art and craft stops.

All of what makes this region so special is celebrated at the annual festival, so get in to the spirit and taste all that the valley offers.