Darlington Estate Winery
This boutique winery based at Darlington in the Perth Hills also operates as a restaurant and reception centre for smaller weddings. They get great reviews. There is a unique feel to the venue which has large eucalyptus trees surrounding the rustic buildings with an outlook down to the Helena River valley across the vineyard. The character buildings and furniture complement the surroundings. When heading to a reception it is always a thrill when the wedding limousines emerge from the narrow tree lined drive into the winery perched on the top of the escarpment.
Staff at Darlington Estate Winery are always friendly and helpful. From the reports of couples leaving at the end of the night is that the atmosphere created helps to generate a great night.
Darling Estate is a boutique wine maker producing (relatively) small quantities of good quality wine from the estate vineyards. Darlington Estate is not included in Belle Classic Swan Valley wine tours because of the distance from the valley, but it is a great lunch destination for a weekend drive and the wine tasting is an added bonus.
Wedding limousine access
The end of Nelson Road leading into the Darlington Estate Winery is a narrow winding track which in several places is only one lane wide. it ends in the winery car park which has limited capacity for the size of many weddings it hosts. When the car park is full the the turning space in the winery can be very limited. This is rarely an issue for the small classic wedding cars such as Rolls Royce bridal cars and smaller Rolls Royce limousines, but it can be a limiting problem for stretch limousines like Chrysler and Hummer limos which have a long heel base and need a lot of room to do a three point turn (especially at night with restricted vision).
It is wise to reserve a suitable arrival and turning space for your wedding vehicles near the winery building, especially if you are using longer stretch limos.
Night time at Darlington Estate Winery needs a special consideration all of its own. The Perth Hills are home to 1000’s of kangaroos and driving through the back streets of Darlington and surrounding suburbs at night it is more likely that you will encounter kangaroos jumping across the road than not. If you book a late night get-away from Belle Limousines expect a very slow drive through the streets in the Darlington area until you are back on the great Eastern Highway.
Parking at Darlington Estate Winery
There is limited guest parking at Darlington Estate Winery. Whilst sufficient for most weddings if you have a large number of guests who will be driving to the venue it is worth doing your sums. If the number of your guests’ cars is greater than the available bays they are forced to park along the rough road skirt along the road into the venue with a long walk to the reception and ceremony areas.
More important is that when the car park fills guests will sometimes park outside the designated bays in the space near the winery buildings. This may cause complications for your wedding cars (especially if you have chosen limousines) because of the limited turning area available near the winery. If it becomes congested with cars stretch limousines may not be able to turn around in the winery and it is too difficult to reverse back out through a congested car park.
End of night chauffeur car service
Darlington Estate Winery is one venue where it is essential to pre-book an end of night chauffeur car for the bride and groom. We also recommend that special guests are also advised to book end of night transport if they are not driving home.
Couples often book a bus to drive a group of guests from the venue to a central location.
Short call taxi and Uber services are difficult to attract to Darlington Estate Winery. It is quite a distance from the popular city and Swan Valley pick-up areas and if your wedding is on a busy Friday or Saturday night there will be 100s of other potential customers closer and more accessible for the cars to attend to. Being caught at the Darlington winery late at night when the staff are ready to leave is not for the faint hearted.
Limousines at Darlington Estate Winery
Darlington Estate Winery is one of the most picturesque wedding locations in Perth. Perched high above the Helena River valley is beautiful but also means it is serviced by a very narrow winding road through the bush and car park.
Driving at night near the winery
Whilst easy to find during the day, it becomes a difficult area to safely navigate to and from at night because of the poorly lit adjoining streets and encroaching bush which makes adjoining roads difficult to gauge until you are actually at the intersection. Coupled with large kangaroo populations it means that travelling along the roads near the winery at night needs to be slow and vigilant.
The winery is well suited to classic wedding cars and small limousines. With limited turning room near the winery buildings when the car park is full, the smaller vehicles can turn easily.
Be wary of the steep drive into the winery. The handbrakes on the Jaguar Mk5 wedding cars is not designed to hold the cars on a very steep gradient so park across the gradient if necessary.
As noted earlier stretch Chrysler limousines may have difficulty turning at the end of the car park if guests have used the open space near the winery to park there cars. If the area is congested seek somebody to help get the cars moved so you can turn the limousine safely rather than try to navigate the limousine in a too small space. If this is at night when visibility is poor enlist the help of a guest or staff from the winery to assist with indicating distances as you turn the limousine.
Darlington Estate Winery contact details
A 1495 Nelson Road Darlington
T (08) 9299 6268