Welcome to Avon Valley
The meandering – and before summer takes hold, lush and green – Avon Valley is Ballardong country. European settlers moved into the area in early 1830 after food shortages forced Governor Stirling to dispatch Ensign Dale to search the Darling Range for arable land. What he found was the upper reaches of the Swan River, which he presumed was a separate waterway (which is why the river's name changes from the Swan to the Avon in Walyunga National Park). And so, just a year after Perth was founded, homesteads began to appear in the newly named Avon Valley. Many historic stone buildings still stand in the towns and countryside here: it's an atmospheric place, with Ballardong culture still esteemed and celebrated.