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Region size: 1424sqkm
Distance from Perth: 100km
Winter and spring are the perfect
times to rug up against the chill
and enjoy the spectacular views
of Arcadian splendour around this
lovely corner of the state. Most of
the farms were established back
in the earliest days of the Swan
River Colony. Home to broad
paddocks of fat sheep and cattle,
waving green wheat crops or vivid
yellow canola, they are some of
the most productive in the State.
The landscape, which features
tree-lined hills and large granite
outcrops, offers plenty of places
for picnics by the river, bushwalks
and great country views. While the
valley’s towns, lined with historic
buildings, are great to explore.
With old-fashioned pubs, featuring
crackling wood fires and big comfy
beds, the Avon Valley is the perfect
place to experience all the delights
of a proper winter.
One of the valley’s beautiful
farms at Clackline.
REASONS TO GO
With two ballooning companies
operating in Northam, and skydiving
and paragliding on offer in York, there
is no reason to stay on the ground. The
blanket of cool air over the valley in
winter makes conditions perfect, if a
little bracing. Or, you might go for a joy
ride in a plane at York or try gliding in
Beverley. If you prefer to admire planes
from ground level, head to the WA
Aeronautical Museum at Beverley.
The early settlers knew that no town
was complete without a good place
to drink, dine and rest. Several of the
old pubs that line the streets of the
Avon Valley’s towns have been lovingly
restored and now offer fine wines and
excellent food, as well as good old-
fashioned hospitality in rooms often
decorated with fine antique furniture.
Many cater for larger functions and
weddings, as well.
The 4800ha park has three camping
sites with barbecues and sheltered
picnic spots. There are bushwalking
trails and 4WD tracks to the north (the
main road to the river from the north
is currently closed). A railway line runs
along the river, restricting access to the
water. But with permission from the
ranger, you can go 4WDing and bush
camping in this lovely bush park.
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In this historic region of WA, you’ll find
an established farming area (some of
WA’s oldest farming families live here),
and an increasingly popular weekend
destination due to its proximity to Perth
and its character accommodation.
ENJOY... country living, fine old
homes, lovingly restored pubs,
gorgeous gardens, gentle paddling or
racing rapids on the Avon River.
• 60 minutes drive east of Perth.
• 4 Avonlink and Prospector train
services run daily from Perth to the
• Home of the 267km Avon River.
• Avon catchment actually extends
over 125,000sqkm from Dalwallinu to
Southern Cross and Lake King.
• One of Australia’s top ballooning sites.
• Weekenders for some of Perth’s elite,
including Premier Colin Barnett.
• Bushranger Moondyne Joe roamed
these hills back in the 1860s
CLIMATE Warm in summer and cool in
winter. Northam’s average max in
January is 34.1 and a winter max of 16.9.
THINGS TO DO
Avon Valley | July to December 2010.
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