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Northam Bilya Festival

Join us on the 11th August 2023 from 5pm and take part in our 'Winter Wonderland' themed Northam Bilya (River) Festival celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Avon Descent.

The Festival takes place on Minson Avenue in the front of the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre.

There will be:
- Fireworks💥
- Street Parade🏆 (from 6pm along Fitzgerald Street)
- Free activities for kids🎉
- Amusement Rides🎡🎠
- Snow Pit❄️
- Ice sculptures🧊
- Roaming Entertainment 🎪
- Music🎼
- Food Trucks🌭🍭
and more!

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.

APM Chill Out Zone

APM Chill Out Zone is a quiet space for people to use if they need a break from the event.

Some people have difficulties with sensory regulation in loud and unpredictable environments.

This Chill Out Zone provides a quiet space for people to visit so they can regulate their sensory needs before heading back to the event. APM understands that people of all ages can experience sensory challenges, so we have provided a reduced stimulation environment that allows people to calm, relax, and refocus before being able to re-enter and enjoy the event.


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]


It's almost that time of the year again where we celebrate the start of the Avon Descent with the the Avon Bilya River Festival - and we would love to see you, your school, community group or organisation in the parade!
The Theme for this year’s 50th anniversary of the Avon Descent festival is ‘Winter Wonderland’. So lots of gold, white and pretty lights!
There is no restriction on the number of float applications – the more the merrier!
Deadline for applications is Friday 28 July 2023 (5pm) please email [email protected] with your entry forms and if you want any more details.
We can’t wait to see your creativity shine!✨