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LYNDA BuRKE |
HISTORY bUFFS WA’s colonial
history is writ large here with
tales of struggle and survival
at almost every turn. The local
historical societies are active and
the many heritage-listed buildings
are fascinating to explore - and you
can stay in many.
1. Start the day relaxing over
breakfast. Enjoy the region’s
magical mornings, with views of
bucolic splendour, fat sheep and
peaceful cattle dotted pleasingly
over rolling green hills. Early
morning mists roll through the
valleys in winter. For the more
energetic, this is a perfect time
for a stroll along the river or one
of the myriad creeks that wind
through the valleys.
several – of the region’s cottage
industries. Lynda suggests the
olive and lavender farm in West
Toodyay (follow the Julimar Road
out of town): “Get there when
the morning mist is still biting
the tips of the lavender,” she says,
poetically. Here, you can admire
the gardens, browse through a
range of products and enjoy a
pot of lavender tea. Nearby, there
is also an organic olive oil farm
where you can be shown around
the farm, watch the processing
and taste the products.
3. Toodyay has several truly
beautiful gardens that are
usually open to the public as part
of the open garden scheme in
spring (go to www.opengarden.
org.au), and others open year-
round. While you are in West
Toodyay, take a visit to Cartref
Park Country Gardens, 2.5ha of
inspiration with native gardens,
wetlands and a beautiful country
garden (see the wisteria in bloom
in July, then roses in spring).
4. Head back to town for lunch at
a restaurant, one of the three
country cafes, or stop by one
of our historic pubs.
5. Stroll down the main street,
browsing through antiques,
bric-a -brac and homewares.
6. Visit Coorinja winery, 5km out
of town. Established in the 1870s,
it is one of the State’s oldest
wineries and has a wonderful
undergound cellar. Specialising
in fortifieds, such as sherry,
port and green ginger wine, it
will warm you up for winter.
7. If you still have time and
energy, swing over to Kytren’s
goat farm at Morangup (west
of Toodyay) to pick up some fine
goat’s milk and cheese. There
are organic fruit and vegetable
growers in the region, as well,
and this is a great place for a
picnic by the river (perhaps
with your cheese and your
sherry in hand). A great idea for
enjoying the Avon Descent. Visit
COUNTRY LOVERS The air is clean
and the nights crisp. Everything
you love about country life, from
warm hospitality and friendly
people, to beautiful views and
outlooks, and bounteous country
gardens can be found in the Avon
Valley. Take a drive to see the best.
CANOEISTS + KAYAKERS
This is the river to tackle. With
broad stretches of open water,
rapids, rocks, tea-trees and bridges
to negotiate, there are challenges
for paddlers of all levels to tackle.
The Avon Descent is August 7-8,
2010, from Northam.
DAYTRIPPERS + WEEKENDERS
You can happily pop up to the
Valley for a daytrip from Perth
it’s about 1.5hrs to Toodyay or
Northam, but it would be so much
better to spend a weekend and take
the chance to relax and properly
explore this fascinating region.
View over Toodyay
from Pelham reserve.
Lynda is a passionate Toodyay advocate who makes the most of this region’s
bounty, from the food (she owns black Wattle Retreat and Top of the Terrace
Restaurant) to the outdoor experiences in this picturesque spot.
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