Avon Valley attractions

Top Choice Cultural Centre in Northam

Bilya Koort Boodja

Next to the 117m pedestrian suspension bridge over the Avon, this striking black-clad centre honours the history, culture and environmental know-how of local Ballardong tribes and the broader Noongar nation. A seque…
Historic Site in Northam

Burlong Pool

This natural pool on the Avon River is a significant Aboriginal site – as legend has it, the summer home of the Wargal, the giant snakelike creature that created waterways and brought life to the land. It's customar…
Public Art in Northam

Northam Silo Art

Part of WA's series of seven brilliant silo-art installations, spangled across the southwest wheat-belt region, Northam's towering rank of 16 silos has a fabulously weird future-fantasy scene on one end by London ar…
Museum in Toodyay

Newcastle Gaol Museum

Built in the 1860s using convict labour, this stone complex includes a courtroom, cells and stables, and operated as the Toodyay (then Newcastle) lock-up until 1907. The whole place then fell into ruin until it was …
Viewpoint in York

Mt Brown Lookout

For a cracking view over York, the Avon River and the surrounding hills and wheatfields, find your way out past the town cemetery on the eastern side of the river, continuing to the end of Pioneer Dr and the summit …
Museum in York

York Motor Museum

A must for old-car enthusiasts (vintage, veteran and classic – do you know the difference?), York's main-street motor museum has everything from a basic billycart to a hippy-painted 1951 Ford Prefect and a 1966 Vali…
Museum in York

Residency Museum

Built in 1858, this museum houses some intriguing historical exhibits, paying respect to Ballardong culture, and has plenty of poignant old black-and-white photos of York (no, it's not inside the amazing two-storey …
National Park in Toodyay

Avon Valley National Park

Featuring granite outcrops, forests and bountiful fauna, the Avon Valley's eponymous national park is most easily accessed vie Toodyay on Morangup Rd, 23km to the southwest. The Avon River chugs through the centre o…
Historic Building in Northam

Morby Cottage

On the outskirts of town, this mud-brick and hessian-sacking cottage was built in 1836 to house John Morrell, the first white fella to arrive in Northam. The cottage also served as the town's first church, school, c…
Historic Building in York

York Courthouse Complex

York's imposing red-brick-and-stone courthouse has hosted plenty of nefarious characters since it started presiding over the town's moral standards in 1852. The cells here remained in use until 1981. These days you …