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If you want to drop the pace, see no one, take in some fresh country air and enjoy
quality local produce, the Avon Valley is your answer. It’s also the answer if you’re after
an adrenalin-pumping adventure: whitewater rafting, skydiving, paragliding and hot-air
ballooning are among the region’s most popular activities.
This patchwork of rolling hills and winding streams provides inspiration for photographers,
artists and romantics – particularly in spring, when the wildflowers and the canola are blooming.
Relax in boutique homesteads, retreats, farm stays and B&Bs, spending your days exploring
the towns of Brookton, Beverley, Goomalling, New Norcia, Northam, Toodyay and York. As
the first inland settlement in Western Australia, the region has plenty of history to discover.
The eating experiences are legion. Brood over a cuppa in a small-town cafe, indulge in
lunch at an historic pub, or enjoy a sophisticated European meal of local produce at a winery
restaurant. There is also a stellar line-up of events and festivals year-round, from country music
and jazz concerts to harvest festivals, vintage car races, antique fairs and food festivals.
“As the first inland settlement
in Wester n Australia, t he region
has plenty of hist or y”
Check out heritage buildings,
homesteads and museums
Drive t he Jul imar strip
See the native bird life at
Take a tour ofthe
Benedictine monaster y
Picnic in a stunning
national par k
Spring Racing Carnival in the Avon Valley is a great time
to visit. Northam is the heart of racing in the region, with
meets every Thursday from May to October, as well as a few
Sundays and Wednesdays to spice the season up. The Toodyay
Racecourse comes alive just once a year for the Picnic Races.
Head to Beverley to check out the Aeronautical Museum, commemorating the original
airfield built during WW2. Take a flight in the area with the Beverley Soaring Society,
enjoy hot air ballooning in Northam, or skydive in York.
Wi l dfl owers | Spanning 16,000ha, the Avon Valley
National Park is noted for its large variety of
wildflowers in spring, including a number of native
orchid species. The park straddles the Avon River and
the turn off (Morangup Road) is 42km east of Midland
via Toodyay Road. In Toodyay, a simple stroll down
Stirling Terrace opens up a view to a magnificent range
of colours, shapes, textures and smells. Venture outside
of the area to the Julimar National Forest and take a
walking trail to see more of this spectacular array. The
township of Beverley is also home to an impressive
wildflower site, adjacent to the cemetery.
Cosy weekends | Rural retreats and intimate B&Bs make
the Avon Valley an ideal getaway in the cooler months.
The winter rains turn the valley into a green oasis, it’s
lush and misty, perfect for enjoying that local bottle
of wine by a log fire. Some of the accommodation
facilities in York and Toodyay provide massage, reiki
and reflexology treatments so you can effectively stay
in all weekend. But if you want to see more on your
stay, head to York or Northam, have a coffee and visit
the shops and galleries along the main streets, before
venturing out to a winery-restaurant or pub for lunch.
The York countryside (Photography Laurelville).
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