Just over an hour from Perth lies the picturesque Avon Valley, a charming region filled with quaint, quintessential Western Australian towns.

The Avon Valley is perfect for a day trip and longer road trips. Explore historic Toodyay, York, Northam, Beverley and Goomalling on a self-drive trail oozing authentic country vibes.

Here at Destination Perth, we’ve done the legwork and mapped out an epic 3 night self-drive itinerary. Sit back, strap in and start the car – it’s time to hit the road for the ultimate Avon Valley road trip.

Toodyay | Avon Valley
Toodyay | Avon Valley

Day 1: Shire of Toodyay

Arrive in the historic town of Toodyay after a short scenic drive from Perth. Head straight to the Toodyay Visitor Centre to discover the town’s highlights and all there is to see and do in one of the oldest inland towns in WA.

History is alive in Toodyay. Explore the Newcastle Gaol Museum, the iconic Connor’s Mill Museum, monumental World War II sites and epic walking trails.

In spring, the wildflower season puts on a show at the Pelham Reserve, Dawn Atwell Reserve and Wongamine Nature Reserve. Spectacular walking trails are peppered throughout and are all yours to wander. The popular Bilya Walking Track begins in town and tracks alongside the Avon River behind town and out to secluded, serene bush land. 

Toodyay is known for its parks, nature reserves and natural bushland – so expect this in abundance. Bring your picnic basket, stock it up at local producers and head to one of the many picturesque locations for an afternoon of natural bliss. Be sure to bypass the historical Coorinja Winery and choose your favourite drop to enjoy under the shade of the trees.

If the kids are in tow, head to Hoddywell Archery Park for some serious (family friendly) fun.

Rest easy overnight at one of Toodyay’s accommodation options such as Pecan Hill Bed and Breakfast, Heavenly Waters or the adorable Heyscape Tiny Cabins

Connor's Mill & The Newcastle Gaol Museum | Toodyay
Connor's Mill & The Newcastle Gaol Museum | Toodyay

Day 2: Shire of Goomalling

On your way from Toodyay to Northam, pause at the humble wheatbelt town of Goomalling. From July to September, the streets are lined with bright wildflowers and orchids. Spend the morning exploring the Goomalling Schoolhouse Museum, then visit the Gabby Quoi Quoi lookout and check out the walk trail, wetlands and gnamma holes at Oak Park.

Afterwards, embrace old world charm at Mary's Tearoom within Slater Homestead, one of WA's best kept secrets. Unwind with warm country hospitality as you sip Devonshire Tea and devour a delicious homemade cake for morning tea.

Shire of Northam

Arrive at Northam in time for lunch. Feast your eyes on the bright public artwork and unique architecture before stopping by the Northam Visitor Centre. Here, gather all the information you’ll need to explore this historic town.

Be sure to visit the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge on the foreshore of the Avon River. This regional tourist attraction offers an interactive educational experience that recognises the rich Aboriginal and environmental presence in the region. While you’re by the river, look out for white swans – this is the only place in WA that they call home.

Northam comes alive with vibrant events and attractions throughout the year. From May to the end of October, you can enjoy a super fun day out at one of WA’s premier racecourses, Northam Race Club.

Northam is an official Astrotourism Town, so once the sun sets, out-of-this-world stargazing experiences are waiting for you. Northam’s dark night skies allow you to enjoy the Milky Way at its finest.

There are loads of great places to rest your head for the night in Northam, including The Farmers Hotel, Buckland Estate, Duke’s Inn and Riverside Hotel.

The next morning, create memories that will last a lifetime on a hot air balloon flight with Windward Balloon Adventures or Liberty Balloons Flights. Enjoy a spectacular sunrise flight to take in the majestic sights of the Avon Valley in the early morning light.

Liberty Balloon Flights | Northam
Liberty Balloon Flights | Northam

Day 3: Shire of York

First up, visit the York Visitor Centre to plan your perfect itinerary for the day ahead.

Our suggestions? Dive deep into York’s history and explore some of WA’s most iconic buildings at the York Town Hall and the York Courthouse Precinct. For the adventurous, take a Gyrocopter Tour with Gyrocopter Flights WA.

Afterwards, check out the York Motor Museum (it’s the only community owned and operated motor museum in Australia), then head to Mount Brown Lookout. Mount Brown Lookout provides a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of York and its surrounds, and is the perfect spot for a picnic. Fire up the free onsite gas barbecue and unwind before an afternoon stroll.

York boasts a number of walk and cycle trails to explore. Discover grand designs on York’s main street, historic gems hidden down side streets or walk in the footsteps of the convicts and those who lived here during the convict era. Feeling daring? Cross the river by suspension bridge or the ancient ford in summer.

Stay overnight in the amazing Laurelville Manor, Lavendale Country Retreat or The Nosh and Nod. For families, the York Cottages and Burnley House or Wheatbelt Luxury Escapes holiday homes offer ideal self-contained accommodation options.

Laurelville Manor | York
Laurelville Manor | York

Day 4: Shire of Beverley

On the cruisy drive back to Perth, stop by the vibrant heritage town of Beverley.

First stop: the Beverley Visitor Centre. Learn about the rich history of Beverley at one of the museums or exhibitions before embarking on a peaceful walking trail. The Shire of Beverley provides a fantastic opportunity for a wide range of trails with its varied landscapes and diverse vegetation and agricultural practices.

Afterwards, check out Moort Wabiny Park. Complete with nature play, skate park, pump track, basketball court and shaded seating areas – it’s the perfect spot for the whole family to play and picnic.

If you decide to stay an extra night (you know you want to!), the Beverley Caravan Park boasts brand new luxury cabins with modern furnishings and super comfy king beds – perfect for one last night on the road.

Let Destination Perth be your guide to the ultimate Avon Valley road trip – it’s right in your own backyard and is waiting to be explored!

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