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Closer to Perth Events 2009 -- 2010
Rockingham Family New Year's Eve Celebration: December 31, 2009.
See www.rockinghamvisitorcentre.com.au for more.
Blues Alive Festival: March 14, 2010.
Musselfest: March 27 to 28, 2010. See www.musselfest.com.au for more.
Mundaring Sunday Markets, every second Sunday of the month.
See www.mundaringtourism.com.au for more.
Mundaring Weir Summer Festival 2010: Diesel, January 8; James
Morrison, January 16; BABBA (Abba Tribute), January 23; Wendy
Matthews, January 30; The Black Sorrows, February 6; Glenn Shorrock
and Mental as Anything, February 13; David Helfgott, February 20; Kate
Ceberano, February 27; Boney M, March 6; Lulo Reinhardt, March 14;
Jane Rutter and Peter Cousins, March 19; The Whitlams, March 27.
See www.mundaringweirhotel.com.au for ticketing details.
WA Smoke Free Jazz in the Park: Season runs from February 2 to April 1.
See www.kysb.org for more.
Perth Autumn Festival: April to May 2010.
See www.cmsevents.com.au for more.
Mundaring Truffle Festival and Perth Hills Wine Show: July/August 2010.
Dates to be confirmed,
Check www.perthhillswine.com and www.trufflefestival.mundaring.wa.gov.au
The Bachelors Resurgence Tour: February 27, 2010.
Wild Oats Music Festival: March 13, 2010.
Wild Oats Ute Muster: March 13 to 14, 2010.
Brookton Old Time Motor Show: March 27, 2010. See www.otms.org.au.
Moondyne Festival: May 2, 2010. See www.moondynefestival.com.
Avondale Clydesdale and Vintage Day: June, dates to be advised.
Avon Descent: August 7 to 8, 2010. See www.avondescent.com.au.
Anyone who has taken a holiday will understand: there's nothing
quite so sad as the crushing blow dealt by the quick return to
reality after time spent away from the stress of day to day life.
While we're not exactly procrastination advocates (never!), how
about loosening the vice grip of real life by taking a mini break on your way
Yes, we are suggesting a holiday after your holiday, but when you visit the
Avon Valley, you'll understand why it's a fairly brilliant idea.
Right on the way back to Perth from destinations like Monkey Mia, the Valley
offers the contrast of green undulating countryside, intense skies and rich, red
earth -- it's like Australia as imagined by Baz.
It's simple visual beauty that draws visitors -- especially international visitors --
to the Valley, and it's the hospitable accommodation, delectable fare, fascinating
history and adrenalin-pumping activities that keeps them coming back.
Toodyay is one of our oldest towns, famous as the stomping ground of
bushranger Moondyne Joe, and where they still celebrate his colourful Houdini-
esque ways every year with the Moondyne Festival, held on the first Sunday
in May. You can even stay where he did -- at The Victoria Hotel Motel (116
Stirling Tce, Toodyay), a heritage-listed building offering delicious home-
cooked meals and comfortable self contained apartments to hang your hat in.
As well as 19th Century buildings and sites, there are plenty of other activities
to explore, including a surprisingly large number of wineries. The geography
of the Avon Valley is incredibly varied, lending itself to rich, full-bodied wines
worth a try or three.
They are no stranger to five-star accommodation, either -- the Black Wattle
Retreat (Lot 3, Blackwattle Rd, Toodyay) is a Bed and Breakfast with Terrace
123, the gold-plate award-winner offering cafe-style food by day, and fine
dining at night.
For another dose of history, take a peek at York -- Western Australia's first
inland settlement and classified as a historic town by the Australian Heritage
Commission and National Trust of Australia. Little wonder then, that York
is packed full of beautifully restored heritage buildings and museums to be
discovered. Take a self-guided tour -- there are four available at the visitor centre
(81 Avon Tce, York) and check out some of the fascinating remnants of York's
The Hillside Country Retreat (30 Forrest St, York) has captured a piece
of the splendour and history and is offering it to you -- set on an expansive
property, the grand 1911 homestead has been converted into a bed and
breakfast, with self contained cottages available. Relax in picturesque surrounds
and wander their 161-hectare property. Not too bad for a mini break, eh?
Northam might be known as the starting point for the ever-popular Avon
Descent, but that's not the only exhilarating attraction they have to offer --
horse riding, aviation and hot air ballooning are amongst the throng of fun.
Northam and hot air ballooning actually have a little shared history -- with this
town and it's ideal hills and valleys as the starting point for the first around the
world balloon solo flight. For your own taste of the graceful, floating of hot air
ballooning, give Avon Valley Ballooning a visit at 100 Fitzgerald St, Northam.
It must be said that part of the authentic Aussie experience lies at the
bottom of a glass of something frosty, and some languid exchange of stories.
If you feel like a bit of a dance, try the Avon Bridge Hotel (Cnr Fitzgerald
and Gairdner Sts, Northam). It might be Northam's oldest pub, but that
doesn't mean it's forgotten how to party.
With a live DJ or band every Friday and massive event nights, the ABH
(as it's affectionately known) is one to see.
TIMELESS: (far left) The Old Mill at Northam, image courtesy Tourism WA; (then from
top image left) On the road to Toodyay, image courtesy Tourism WA; The Avon Bridge
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