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York Information Services

Tel. 61 8 9641 1301
Historic Town Hall
81 Avon Terrace, York

Northam Visitor Centre

Tel. 61 8 9622 2100
2 Grey Street, Northam

Toodyay Visitor Centre

Tel. 61 8 9574 2435
7 Piesse Street, Toodyay

WA Visitor Centre

T: 61 8 9483 1111
1300 361 35 (Toll free in Australia)
55 William Street, Perth

Avon Valley

Avon Valley

The Avon Valley - a patchwork of green rolling hills, babbling brooks and historic country towns...

The Avon Valley region, a comfortable drive east of Perth, was the first inland settlement in Western Australia and is the perfect destination for exploring country towns, pottering through craft shops and museums, picnicking on the banks of the Avon River, hot air ballooning at dawn or setting out on bush walks.

The Valley is also host to a fantastic range of festivals and events the whole year round which make great excuses to visit. Stop in at a local cafe or restaurant some showcasing local produce such as james, olives, chocolate and honey. Or enjoy a drink at a historical pub - you'll find one in nearly every town of the Avon Valley.

With so much to see and do, why not spend a night or two? There are many charming accommodation options available, including historic hotels and bed and breakfasts, where you can relax and enjoy the warm country hospitality.

Visiting the vintage towns of Northam, Toodyay, York, Goomalling, Beverley and Brookton by road is a great way to explore the charming Avon Valley region and all of the towns are only a 30 minute drive from each other.

THINGS TO DO

  • TAKE a scenic drive and enjoy the valley's quaint and historical townships.
  • BE adventurous and try hot air ballooning, skydiving, gliding or paragliding.
  • EXPLORE museums, art galleries, historical attractions, antique shops.
  • PICNIC beside the beautiful Avon River.
  • BE part of the festivities during the world famous Avon Descent.
  • ENJOY country cuisine or a beer at the local historic pub.
  • SAMPLE a variety of wines, olive oil and lavender grown in the region.
  • ENJOY the spectacular and colourful wildflowers in spring.
  • ENJOY a variety of scenic walk trails through native bush and parks
  • TRY white water rafting on the Avon River's fast flowing waters during winter

NORTHAM

Located just over an hour from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway, Northam provides a great base from which to explore the Avon Valley. Northam is WA's largest inland town and is home to over 185 heritage listed buildings. Exploring the towns architecture on foot is a rewarding experience and along the way you'll also discover many craft and curio shops. There's also a wide range of cafes and restaurants from alfresco to fine dining.

The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft grassy banks and shady trees. Picnicking beside the river is a popular pastime and it is here that you can also observe the activities of the elegant white swans which were brought here by settlers over 150 years ago. Or, you can spy on the swans from the heady heights of the pedestrian suspension bridge which passes over the Avon - the longest of its kind in Australia.

There are many activities to choose from in Northam such as hot air ballooning, hang gliding or white water rafting. To learn more about this beautiful town, why not join one of the Shire of Northam's Bilya Bidi guided tours. Join experienced and knowledgeable local guides on walking or bus tours to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

YORK

Located just 97km east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway, the township of York, established in 1831, was the first inland European settlement in WA. While still remaining distinct from other towns in the region, York is yet another fine example of colonial architecture and is renowned for its heritage precint. Wildflowers and birdlife compliment the open gardens and there's a wide range of experiences on offer including food and wine festivals, country racing, local produce and plenty of arts and crafts.

Visitors to York can enjoy lovingly preserved buildings and sites providing charm and character to the town. There are a couple of fine churches and many other historic buildings like the Town Hall which houses the tourist information centre. The York Residency Museum, Old Gaol & Courthouse and York Motor Museum are all well worth a visit.

Straddling the Avon River, York is bordered by outstanding natural beauty with several Heritage Walking Trails available. The York Information Services is a free WI-FI hot spot and you can download a free walking app which gives you details of the history of the buildings you can see on your walk. You can also pick up booklets on the trails here. Adrenalin junkies can also get their pulses racing with a range of aerial pursuits such as skydiving, paragliding and ultra light flights in the area.

TOODYAY

Toodyay is located around 85km north east of Perth and is nestled in a valley between scenic hills and on the banks of the Avon River. The village presents some perfect examples of 19th century architecture, while at the same time retaining its own unique country charm with verandah-clad pubs and shops.

In fact, Toodyay oozes colonial history and architecture. Connor's Mill is a fine example, and is your only opportunity in WA to witness working historical machinery demonstrating antiquated flour milling processes. You can also visit the intriguing Old Gaol built in the 1860s, which now houses a museum dedicated to the varied history of the region.

In town you will find fine examples of locally worked art, woodwork and photography and there are also a number of places to stop for a bite to eat. Accommodation is varied and includes anything from historical pub stays in the centre of town or informal caravan parks where you can sleep under the stars, to luxuriously appointed bed and breakfasts and self contained chalets.

Heading further out of town will reward you with some magnificent scenery and there are a number of lovely country roads to travel on. Along the way and located amongst the pretty undulating hills surrounding Toodyay, you will find a multitude of olive groves, lavender fields, local artisans, rambling country gardens and vineyards old and new producing their own unique blends.

GOOMALLING

Just 132km north east of Perth, Goomalling is a delightful rural settlement and amongst the first established in WA. Enveloped by seemingly endless open countryside, the town had its beginning in the 1890's, springing up from beside the train line which was used to ferry miners through to the goldrush towns further north. Giant wheat domes provide a striking landmark in Goomalling, while art & crafts, country markets and a colourful history add to the rural feel. A trip to the School House Museum, Heritage Town Walk and Old Railway Station will transport visitors back in time, as will Slater Homestead.

BEVERLEY

The township of Beverley, 130km east of Perth is believed to be named for Beverley near York in the United Kingdom and is amongst the first established in WA. Marked by fine examples of colonial architecture, Beverley is steeped in tales of pioneering triumphs and tribulations. Perhaps surprisingly, you can also visit an Aeronautical Museum here. With its excellent display of full scale aircraft and aerial paraphernalia, the museum is an absorbing tribute to aviators of Western Australia.

BROOKTON

Founded in the 1830's by early settlers in search of good grazing lands, Brookton, 139kms south east of Perth, is rich in colonial history as amongst the first established in WA. The Police Station Museum and the Railway Station which also houses a fine display of local crafts as well as the tourist information centre, are definitely worth a visit. Wildflowers abound in springtime, making the local area a picturesque haven for visitors.

WHAT'S ON

Check out some of the great events and festivals taking place in the Avon Valley.
  • IHC Markets and Swap Meet, Lower Chittering

    Lower Chittering | Dates: 09 May – 12 Dec, 2015
    Visit us in Lower Chittering for the IHC Markets and Swap Meet every 2nd Saturday of the month (except January) from 8.30am - 1pm. Browse through stalls offering a range of fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, cakes, honey, pickles, food, plants, books, crafts, bric-a-brac, furniture and much more!
  • Toodyay Farmers Market

    Toodyay | Dates: 21 Jun – 30 Nov, 2015
    The Toodyay Farmers Markets will be held on the 3rd Sunday each month at Stirling Park in Toodyay. Come and experience a wonderful array of unique local and regional artisan and fresh produce stalls from around the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt areas.
  • Avon Descent Family Fun Days

    Northam, Toodyay, Belmont & Bayswater | Dates: 31 Jul – 02 Aug, 2015
    Spectators can enjoy action on the water of the Avon Descent from riverbank events with race commentary, free entertainment and much more to be found at the Avon Descent Family Fun Days in Northam, Toodyay, Belmont and Bayswater.
  • Shire of Northam Avon River Festival

    Northam | Dates: 31 – 31 Jul, 2015
    The excitement of the 2015 Avon Descent kicks off in Northam with the Avon River Festival on Friday 31 July. The Northam River Festival provides a chance for spectators and competitors to come together and enjoy a street parade, food stalls, entertainment, rides, sideshow alley, live music, plus an amazing fireworks display.

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Avon Valley accommodation

Avon Valley accommodation

Head to the Avon Valley to find charming accommodation where you can relax and enjoy the warm country hospitality. Choose from hotels and historic cottages to farmstays and bed and breakfasts.
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Avon Valley attractions

Avon Valley attractions

The Avon Valley is the perfect destination for exploring quaint village streets, pottering through craft shops and museums and picnicing on the banks of the Avon River.
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Avon Valley tours

Avon Valley tours

Be adventurous in the Avon Valley with hot air ballooning, skydiving, paragliding and gliding. A small bus tour will also take you to the top spots in the region.
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Avon Valley self drive

Avon Valley self-drive

This self drive will take you to all the major townships in the Avon Valley, starting in Toodyay and visiting Goomalling, Northam, York, Beverley and Brookton.
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Toodyay

Toodyay Winter Escapes

Toodyay - the ideal winter reatreat less than an hour from Perth. Tranquillity, hospitality, heritage, unique artisans and eateries and amazing valley views, make Toodyay the ideal day trip or weekend or mid-week winter retreat.
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