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Chart your own path on a scenic self-drive adventure!

Pack the car, hit the road, and embark on self-drive journey through the Avon Valley, where winding country roads reveal hidden gems, charming towns, and stunning vistas. From rugged national park tracks to contemporary art trails, this region offers a mix of outdoor exploration and cultural immersion. Wind through a diverse landscape of rolling hills, rivers, and bushland, with options for both leisurely day trips and more adventure-packed escapades. Experience the allure of the Avon Valley at your own pace, cruising the open road and crafting unforgettable memories amidst Australia's breathtaking countryside.

Avon Historic Tourist Drive

Avon Historic Tourist Drive, is a scenic route through the Avon Valley and surrounding countryside, and will take you to all the major townships in the Avon Valley region, starting in Toodyay and visiting Northam, York and Beverley. The 98 kilometre route travels alongside the Avon River and is an excellent day out from Perth with plenty of interesting stops and opportunities for a nice lunch along the way. 

Beverley Streetscape

Avon Valley Art Trail

The Avon Valley Art Trail, a self-discover trails outlines public art pieces in Beverley, Goomalling, Northam, Toodyay and York. 

Beverley: Take a stroll down the main street of Beverley and admire the historic buildings and murals painted by James Giddy. You will also find other murals at the Station Gallery Gardens, IGA, The Art Garden and Red Vault. The Beverley Station Arts and Platform Theatre is a multipurpose cultural precinct at the Victorian Tudor style Railway Station that houses the Shire of Beverley art collection. The Art Garden, featuring a fascinating sculpture garden and East End Gallery, with an extensive range of paintings, jewellery and craft available for sale, are also worth visiting.

Goomalling: Mosaics, murals, sculptures and other public artworks adorn the walls and spaces around Goomalling. The Wheatbelt Wander Wall on Railway Tce is the result of a community project art project coordinated and installed by local artist Fleur Schell. The artwork draws inspiration from the C.Y. O'Connor pipeline and includes ceramic tiles created by community members. 

Northam: With a variety of murals, sculptures, and exhibitions from local art groups, Northam has a wealth of public art for you to discover on your travels around town. Meander down the main street and you will notice 12 sculptures placed outside historically significant places, that highlight some of the interesting stories of Northam's past. There are a variety of murals throughout the region, from the stunning mural on the historic Northam Flour Mill, to FORM's PUBLIC Silo Trail that begins in Northam, and brings world class murals to grain silos, transformer boxes and iconic infrastructure in unexpected towns right across the state. 

Toodyay: Admire Toodyay's public murals in Charcoal Lane behind IGA including the bright birds mural, a joint venture between Toodyay Tidy Towns and the Shire of Toodyay following Toodyay's win at the 2015 National Tidy Towns awards. The Bushells sign dating back to the 1930s and is situated behind the heritage listed Jager Store which has undergone a number of business changes since it was built in 1897. Uniquely Toodyay is a cooperative of local artists and producers located in the Old Post Office where you can browse original artworks and creations and discover local produce and products.

York: York's Historic Flour Mill precinct offers insta-worthy motives and features the Flour Mill emporium - a collective of local artists and craftspeople.

Beverley James Giddy

Avon Valley 500 Loop

Find beauty, romance and a slice of old Spain on a relaxing weekend trip to York, Toodyay and New Norcia. Soak up the serenity of Australia’s only monastic town, the heritage of WA’s first inland settlement and the Avon Valley’s natural beauty, all within less than two hours’ drive from Perth. View the brochure and map for more information.

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Toodyay Food and Picnic Trail

A unique country experience an hour’s drive from Perth.  The Toodyay Food & Picnic Trail is a self-drive journey providing access to your choice of locally grown seasonal produce for your picnic basket. Along this trail, you will meet the growers and producers of dates, olive oil, wine, breads, pastured meats and condiments to fill your picnic basket… along with a camel experience!

Coorinja Winery

Toodyay Lovers Lane Scenic Drive

The Lovers Lane Scenic Drive is an alternative 17 kilometre route to/from Toodyay, down Lovers Lane and River Roads to Julimar Road and can be undertaken in either direction. The drive offers a scenic drive through farmland and natural bush, with much of the route following the Avon River. A small detour down Cobbler Pool Road will bring you to a scenic spot with a view of Posselt's Ford, one of the viewing locations for the Avon Descent. Sections of the road are unsealed but the majority is bitumen. In winter there may be water over the road near the intersection of Lovers Lane and Morangup Road. A brochure on more Toodyay drive trails can be found at the Toodyay Visitor Centre.

Overlooking Toodyay from Lookout

York To the East Drive Trail

Start off by setting the scene for your trip with panoramic views from the top of Wongborel (Mt. Brown) where the vistas stretch over the Avon Valley.

Resting at the foot of the hill are many early settlers under fascinating monuments, modest to majestic, in York Cemetery's best Gothic style. Peer down the same well where C19th prospectors would have drawn water and set off in their footsteps along the Goldfields road. The trail forms two loops and you may choose to do all 71 kilometres, the 47km top loop or the 57km lower loop.  Each loop includes approximately 10 kilometres of gravel road. Time your return to York to finish up by looking around the York Residency Museum, which has intriguing exhibitions of Ballardong Noongar culture, convict and settler stories. This route can be linked with the York Self Drive 'Sky O'the North' route via Burges Siding Road. 

York Mount Brown Avon Valley

York South of My Day’s Circle Drive Trail

This trail follows the Avon River through some of the most fertile farmland to Beverley and returns along a high scenic route. 

Follow the Avon River and see signs in the landscape of the Ballardong Noongar culture that predates white settlement by thousands of years. Travelling through some of the earliest settled farmland you'll encounter tiny Churches, barns and bridges, all poignant pointers to life in early settlement days.

Beverley makes a great lunch stop with top country pubs; have fun spotting the unexpected Art Deco architecture, aeroplane, murals and even a number of art galleries and quiant stores. Return to York along the Top Beverley road for some of the best views of the Avon Valley and its unspoilt landscape. Explore this circle route further here.

Beverley Town Hall

York The Wonder of The West Drive Trail

A scenic tour of undulating farmland, with spectacular granite outcrops crowned by Wandoo and Salmon Gums.

This scenic drive through the beautiful Talbot area offers three options. The nucleus of the drive is a 40km loop taking in the Talbot Hall and Reserve, one of the Shire's most unspoilt Nature Reserves, providing a perfect insight into this scenic area and some great photographic opportunities.  It can be combined with an upper loop of 80km travelling through the Wandoo National Park, calling at a number of Nature Reserves and the historic St. Ronan's Well. This section is ideal for wildflower season during August and September and can be linked to the York Self Drive 'Sky O'the North' route.

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