Northam is the heart of the Avon Valley, the gateway to the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Its history began as a small agricultural village in 1836.
Northam, the major town of the Avon Valley, is Western Australia's largest inland town and the commercial hub for the areas rich farmlands. It is also the events capital of the Wheatbelt! Located just over one hour drive from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway, Northam makes a perfect day trip, weekender or central base from which to explore the valley.
The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft grassy banks and shady trees - providing numerous picturesque spots where you can relax, stretch out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river. The river is also home to an abundance of bird life including the unique and much revered White Swans. Spanning the river, Northams pedestrian suspension bridge is the longest of its kind in Australia and makes an ideal spot from which to view and photograph the swans. The Northam Visitor Centre is ideally placed to take advantage of this beautiful setting. Annually from March to November, tours are available of the Avon River, Historical Buildings, Dorntj Koorliny (Aboriginal) and the Cemetary tours, please feel free to enquire before you come up for your adventure.
It houses the Visitor Information Centre, a cafe with alfresco dining, Avon Valley Arts Society (AVAS) display & sales, a Migrant exhibition "A Sense of Place", an Aboriginal Interperative exhibition & a National Resource Management (NRM) CARE - (Conserving the Avon River Environment) exhibition . There are extensive public amenities including showers and a parents room, viewing platform with great views of the Avon River - all with access for the disabled. Opening hours are Mon. to Sun. 9am to 4pm, please check for public holiday closure days. For more information on Northam please contact the Northam Visitor Centre on P (08)9622 2100, F (08) 9622 5490, W www.visitnortham.com.au or E firstname.lastname@example.org
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