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Northam Bilya River Festival

The Avon Descent weekend kicks off each year on the Friday evening with the Northam Bilya River Festival!

The action begins at midday when audiences can witness a steady stream of watercraft pass through Bernard Park as entrants register for the race. A themed community float parade takes place to start the evening’s festivities, followed by a blessing of the river to welcome the coming race.


The Northam Bilya Festival is a unique way to highlight the importance of the River in cultural terms as well as celebrating the start of one of Australia’s most exciting events, and includes fun family entertainment, a side show alley, marshmallow toasting and live performances throughout the evening.



Road closures are in place for this event. For full road closure details, head to

For more information on what you can see and do around town, contact the Visit Northam Visitor Centre on 9622 2100 or [email protected]