School holiday fun to be found in the valley


Children can follow the black swan mascots on the Great Valley Rally trail.
Children can follow the black swan mascots on the Great Valley Rally trail.

CITY of Swan is promoting fun trails in the Swan Valley as an activity to keep children occupied these school holidays.

The Great Valley Rally and the Amazing Valley Chase are similar to a treasure hunt and a car rally, taking families with young children on an exploration of the region.

Both trails have distinct mascots and unusual places to visit, allowing children to interact with the family friendly attractions they will find along the way.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the trails were a way to get young people to enjoy the natural wonders of the Swan Valley.

“We have so many activities on offer for young families in the Swan Valley,” he said.

“These new trails are designed to get children to indulge in their love of nature, run, play, enjoy the great outdoors and learn something along the way.”

The Great Valley Rally is guided by Stirling the black swan, named after Captain James Stirling, the first Governor of WA.

Families can follow Stirling’s cryptic clues, stopping at 10 checkpoints where another part of the puzzle will be revealed to help solve his mystery question.

On The Amazing Valley Chase, Taylor Tortoise guides people around Swan Valley attractions.

Taylor is a western swamp tortoise named after an early pioneering family – the species calls the Swan Valley home and is critically endangered.

Just like the rally, families can follow clues and chase down the answers to Taylor’s riddle.

At the end of each trail, families will receive a certificate and a prize.

Swan Valley Gidgegannup Ward councillor Rod Henderson said the trails were an opportunity for families to explore.

“If you’re staying close to home these school holidays, why not take a day trip and see what’s right on the city’s doorstep?” Cr Henderson said.

“We think families will be surprised and delighted by what they find in the Swan Valley.”

The revamped family fun trails are a free activity that can be taken anytime; instructions and a clue sheet can be found here or collected at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford.