The Avon Valley is packed with vintage finds, a thriving art scene, farmland scapes that run into bushland vistas, a rich history and Indigenous culture, that unmistakeable aroma of a country bakery and much more – there’s so much to see and do.
So, it just makes good sense to linger a little longer, turning a day trip into a weekender. Take the time to really delve into this wonderful West Aussie region, just one hour from Perth, that is the gateway to the Wheatbelt. Visit the towns of Beverley, York, Toodyay, Goomalling and Northam; all have something new and unexpected to uncover.
Whether you're seeking a romantic retreat with your other half, a fun family farm stay, or friends planning an adventurous group getaway (why not book a hot air ballooning experience?), the Avon Valley has accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
Located behind the Arts Station in the heart of town, the Beverley Caravan Park offers newly built self-contained cabins that are as cosy as they are modern and comfortable. If you prefer camping to cabins, there are 19 powered sites, some of them found under shady gum trees. The caravan park is a great base for exploring the town’s main street – bursting with murals, heritage architecture, and vibrant art galleries with a country bakery, plus a couple of pubs thrown in for good measure.
Found between York and Beverley, the kiddos are sure to love Lavendale Country Retreat as much as the adults! The working farm on the Avon River is home to cosy one, two and three-bedroom, self-contained cottages to experience a taste of rural life. The whole family will get to play farmer, collecting fresh-laid eggs, taking a tractor ride and feeding friendly farm animals: ponies, donkeys, sheep, chickens, ducks, alpacas, cows, pigs, goats and even an ostrich. Lavendale Country Retreat is a beautiful spot to soak up country life.
If you're a fan of tiny living or simply want a unique eco experience, check into Heyscape Tiny Cabins. The tiny cabins, located in the rolling hills of Toodyay, cater to couples and families. Staying in a secluded spot on this 1000+ hectare working farm is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature. You’ll most likely wake up to calls of kookaburras and be surrounded by a herd of sheep! By night, toast marshmallows over the firepit (in cooler months) underneath a sky full of stars. My tip; stay during canola flowering season (around August) when the surrounding fields will be full of bright yellow flowers.
Love the idea of camping but don’t want to rough it? The good news is that you can experience the great outdoors in style at the grand Buckland Estate! This historical spot offers glamping tents, so that you can camp with all your creature comforts, including comfortable beds with quality linen. If you’d prefer something more secluded than the 20-tent glamping village, then maybe a stay in one of their stone-built cottages is for you and your love? It’s no coincidence that Buckland Estate is one of WA’s premier destination wedding venues – it’s just so dam romantic.
Located in the heart of town, Toodyay Manor offers something for everyone with various room types (with ensuite and shared bathroom options) to suit couples, solo travellers and families. Your toes will sink into the plush carpet in the chic French-provincial-styled rooms, making you feel right at home. Once the old Newcastle Hotel, later the Toodyay Tavern, this boutique hotel brings a blend of character and modern comfort with air conditioning, TVs with streaming, plus there's a well-equipped communal kitchen and cosy guest lounge.
The 150-year-old Farmers’ Home Hotel in Northam offers boutique luxury accommodation with 16 beautifully appointed bedrooms. The Temperance Bar (a cheeky nod to the town’s prohibition past) and Dome café provide drinking and dining offerings that complement the vintage yet vibrant experience. Immerse yourself in history while enjoying the modern comforts of a small luxury hotel.
Ever dreamed of staying at a grand estate? For those seeking luxury and with a touch of elegance, Laurelville Manor is the perfect choice. The reception rooms of this beautifully decorated house feature high ornate ceilings, open fireplaces, and polished timber floors, while the classy king bedrooms have ensuites, some even including claw-foot baths. Unwind with a spa treatment at ParlourOne, found in the cottage behind the manor. The stunning setting also plays host to small weddings, making it on-point for a romantic getaway.
If you're traveling with a group of friends, family, or it’s just the two of you, be sure to book a two-bedroom luxury home near York. Talbot Lodge, Mansfield Cottage and The Barn, by Wheatbelt Luxury Escapes feature cosy fireplaces, hardwood timber floors and chefs’ kitchens. These homes are a short drive from York and provide a secluded setting to escape from it all and enjoy the peace of the Avon Valley countryside.
Ever dreamt of time-travelling? Well, you can (sort-of) at Slater Homestead, near Goomalling! The historic bed and breakfast and tearooms gives guests an “early world experience”, plus a warm country welcome. The rooms have been lovingly refurbished to combine modern-day comfort with period charm. It’s a lovely spot to base yourself if you’re exploring the northern Avon Valley region.
The beautiful Avon Valley offers up so many quality accommodation choices that are sure to suit all needs. Whether you're looking for a cosy cabin, a luxurious manor, a farm retreat, or a historic hotel, the Avon Valley truly has it all. Plan your trip, stay a few days and uncover the gems of this region for yourself. This is a country stay with convenience - found so close to the city, the Avon Valley awaits your visit!