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Northam & Avon Valley Region


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. The Avon River flows through the town and has an abundance of bird life, including the unique white swan.  Spanning the river next to the Visitor Centre is the pedestrian suspension bridge, which is the longest of its kind in Australia.

Northam is home to a multitude of historical, cultural, and modern attractions, ranging from the second largest collection of historically significant buildings in WA to exciting new public art pieces. Alongside a vibrant calendar of regular events, Northam often also hosts larger scale external events such as a variety of national and world ballooning championships, the start of the annual Avon Descent, and many more.

Activities around town exist for all visitors, ranging from nature trails, to adventure activities, and drive trails highlighting our beautiful large-scale public artworks, and many historical assets. Reserves provide you with the chance to view the region’s unique flora and fauna, with spring being the best time to view wildflowers- don’t miss the opportunity to take in the beautiful vistas from the Mt Ommanney Lookout, situated just outside the Northam townsite.

Located just an hour’s drive east of Perth, WA is the picturesque Avon Valley. A colourful patchwork of gently rolling hills and winding streams set the backdrop for peaceful drives and countryside getaways. The Avon Valley is a perfect destination for a day trip from Perth or for a weekend getaway in WA.

Stretching from Beverley in the south to New Norcia and Victoria Plains in the North, the Avon Valley region boasts seven intriguing localities for you to explore; Northam, Beverley, Goomalling, Toodyay, York, New Norcia and Victoria Plains.

A unique contrast of old and new the Avon Valley offers a wide variety of experiences for the discerning traveller. Whether you are tempted by an adventure holiday, a romantic weekend, a family getaway or the chance to explore some of the Avon Valley's rich history, the Avon Valley is the place to be as you discover a new holiday experience close to Perth in WA.

For your trip to the Avon Valley, why not take the train? The AvonLink is the perfect way to start or end your adventure. Travel in comfort through the picturesque Avon Valley and share your journey with friends and family with the free on-board Wi-Fi. For enquiries, please call TransWA on 1300 662 205 or visit www.transwa.wa.gov.au.

Visitor Centre Displays

2 Grey Street, Northam

08 9622 2100


Open 7 days (9am-4pm)


The friendly staff at the Visitor Centre will be able to offer advice on places to see, stay and eat while you are in the area, information on heritage sites and the places of interest that you may enjoy during your stay.

The Centre includes an interpretive space featuring the “Sense of Place” Migrant Exhibition and a History of Ballooning display. While you are at the Centre you will also have the opportunity to browse through a wide range of local produce and artwork, and a great selection of souvenirs and gifts to remember your time in Northam. Free Wi-fi is also available at the centre.