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The region’s biggest festival
stems from the legend of
Moondyne Joe who was
a highwayman in the area
during the colonial times. First
Sunday every year. Jan.
Come along and enjoy the
day in the fabulous setting of
This world-famous event is one of
the most difficult and punishing
river races in Australia. Competitors
take on the 124km stretch of rapids
over two long days. Aug.
Combine the thrill of the
Avon Descent with delicious
international cuisine. Tempt your
taste buds at dozens of stalls as
the main stage comes to life. Free
family activities all day. Aug.
A Taste of
Sip regional wines, shop at local
market stalls, savour lunch in the
country air, see free entertainment,
and enjoy the activities. Aug.
Sixteen renowned West Australian
authors gather over the weekend,
to present talks and workshops for
aspiring authors at the Toodyay
Public Library. Sep.
York Bzzaar Art
and Craft Fair
A wonderful showcase of lovingly
decked stalls of handmade art
and crafts, held in the beautiful
York Town Hall, plus craft
workshops, magic shows and
even camel rides. Sep.
In spring, when the countryside
is ablaze with colourful blooms,
more than 200 wildflowers are
displayed in Bindoon Town Hall,
with the opportunity to purchase
seeds and other local produce,
arts and crafts. Be sure to check
out the photography exhibition,
and the classic cars, with activities
for the kids too. Sep.
A family day of fun and
entertainment under the majestic
shade of Mt Bakewell in York. Nov.
Z Spend the day at Duidgee Park in Toodyay. Ride the miniature railway
along the river, and take a spin in the skate park.
Z Hoddywell Archery Park caters to shooters of all ages and levels.
Z Visit WA’s last remaining sock factory and the old fashioned Lolly
Shop, then dress up as a convict at York’s Residency Museum.
EAT AND DRINK
The country cuisine offered in this
region is deliciously fresh, produced
and served by proud, hospitable
locals. Visit a bakery for fresh bread
bread before heading to one of the
many olive farms for famously pure
olive oil. Take your newly bought
bread, oil and fresh fruits to picnic
beside the Avon River, or up at the
iconic Julimar Lookout – what could
be more heavenly? Head into town
if your appetite demands something
more wholesome, and enjoy
generously sized pub meals among
LEANNE, CO-OWNER OF
THE BINDOON BAKEHAUS
“This region actually produces the
most fruit and vegies in all of WA...
The development for agriculture in
this area is huge. The more we tap
into that, the more we can use our
TASTE THE FRUIT OF THE VINE
Follow a short (76km long) but
enjoyable wine trail through the rolling
green hills of the Chittering Valley.
Incorporating four wineries, each
with their own unique character and
style, the trail allows plenty of time
to savour the wines on offer while
enjoying the scenic views. Start with
Kyotmunga Estate, overlooking
Brockman River and Avon National
Park (you can also taste home-
grown extra-virgin olive oil and
Kalamata olives here), then head onto
Stringybark Winery, before stopping at
Briery Estate, and finally Riseborough
Estate in Gingin.
Don’t leave withouT...
This is prime citrus-growing country,
so make sure you take the opportunity
to pick your own fruit. At Golden
Grove Orchard, you can also buy
freshly squeezed 100 per cent orange,
lemon, lime or grapefruit juice (when
seasonally available), and lemon
squash. Homemade Devonshire teas
are served in an old packing shed on
weekends from April to November.
ROCCO, GOLDEN GROVE
ORCHARD IN CHITTERING
“You get visitors coming for the
first time and they’re always
overwhelmed by the region. We don’t
use fertiliser, we don’t use chemicals,
we don’t spray our fruit – it’s just
the flavour of the fruit.”
GETTING THERE Drive up the Great Eastern Highway,
100km northeast of Perth to Northam. To get to York, turn off from Great
Eastern onto Great Southern Highway. Follow Great Southern past York,
and head south to reach Beverley.
STAY Caravan parks are scattered across the region. Numerous
farm stays offer the best of country living, from fruit picking to the rooster
crowing at sunrise. For a romantic weekend, pick one of the contained
cottages or B&Bs for a quaint, quiet getaway. Immerse yourself in the
prevalent heritage of the region, and stay at a colonial homestead or
a restored hotel. Many of these accommodation options may also offer
access to hiking trails and encounters with local wildlife.
Briery Estate, Chittering.
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