This picturesque area is an hour’s drive from Perth, making it a perfect destination for a day trip from the city. You can sample local produce such as wine, jams, honey, lavender, olive oil and chocolate or enjoy some country cuisine at quaint cafes and historic pubs. The region boasts a range of festivals and events throughout the year and wildflowers make a spectacular appearance each spring.
The Avon River flows through Northam and is home to a colony of white swans, something of a rarity in WA. In August each year, Northam comes alive with the Avon Descent, a 124km gruelling white water event from Northam to Perth for canoes and motor boats. The towns in the region – Northam, York, Beverley, Bindoon, Goomalling, Toodyay and New Norcia – are within an easy drive from each other so it’s easy to explore several of them in one day. Or you could spend a night or two in your choice of accommodation – everything from heritage listed hotels to farmstays to caravan parks is on offer.