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Heart of the Avon Valley

Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions, including hot air ballooning, cultural experiences, wildflowers, tours & trails, historic buildings, horse racing, white swans, and much, much more. 

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Events

Ballooning in Northam

Hot air ballooning came to Northam in April 1977 when members of the Hong Kong Balloon and Airship Club were looking for a location to set altitude, distance and duration records for hot air balloons. 

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Choose your Adventure

Spend a day in Northam

Explore the many picturesque walk trails and photography opportunities. On your travels, you will find wildflowers, important historical sites, and possibly encounter some of the local wildlife.

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Spend a weekend in Northam

Take an exciting morning balloon flight over the picturesque Avon Valley and get out into nature and explore Northam’s unique landscape on one of the many walking trails

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More to Explore

The Shire of Northam certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to adventure. Try out one of our adventure experiences for a trip you’ll never forget.

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Explore

Whether you're visiting for a day or a weekend, the Shire of Northam has a great deal to explore. 

The Local's Knowledge

Randle Beavis
Long time local Randle loves life here- so much so that his family has lived in the area for over 120 years! Read on to find out how he'd spend a visit.
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Jess Joy
Cafe owner Jess is a true Northam advocate who has lived here for over 20 years. Read on to find out some of her top tips.
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Clary Lowe
In 2019, Clary was diagnosed with a Grade 3 brain tumour. Grade 3 is a fast-growing cancer; his was big and not all was able to be removed. The usual prognosis is 5 years to live. However, after 6 weeks of daily radiology and a year of chemo, he is still in remission. Daily and social life has changed for Clary since his diagnosis. It had been his dream to be a mechanic and work on cars, but with an unreliable short-term memory, there were too many safety risks to continue down this path. Instead, Clary has turned his passions to Bicycles, founding Blue House Bikes, and creating a community of people who enjoy riding bikes and learning how to make their own repairs. This outlet is helpful for both Clary’s mental health and is a huge asset to the Northam community. Weekly social rides and meet-ups help nurture this community and give opportunities to people of all ages and abilities to participate in enjoying the natural beauty of the Avon Valley while biking through the region. Blue House Bikes is a project that fosters connection foremost, and all the bicycles are priced affordably just to cover costs. Donations and sponsorship help keep Clary doing what he loves and creating opportunities for the Northam residents. Questions Favourite place in the Shire to spend time: Favourite thing about living in the Shire of Northam: What is your top tip for visitors to Northam: Tell us about your favourite hidden treasure in the Shire: What is a ‘must do’ experience if you are only here for one day?
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