Northam, the major town of the Avon Valley, is Western Australia's largest inland town and the commercial hub for the areas rich farmlands. It is also the events capital of the Wheatbelt! Located just over one hour drive from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway, Northam makes a perfect day trip, weekender or central base from which to explore the valley. The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft grassy banks and shady trees - providing numerous picturesque spots where you can relax, stretch out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. The river is also home to an abundance of bird life including the unique and much revered White Swans. Spanning the river, Northams pedestrian suspension bridge is the longest of its kind in Australia and makes an ideal spot from which to view and photograph the swans. The Northam Visitor Centre is ideally placed to take advantage of this beautiful setting. It houses the Visitor Information Centre, a cafe with alfresco dining and a permanent exhibition "A Sense of Place" . There are extensive public amenities including showers and a parents room, all with access for the disabled. Opening hours are weekdays 9am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 9am – 4pm. For more information on Northam please contact the Northam Visitor Centre on (08)9622 2100 or