Northam - WA's Largest Inland Town, Home to Many Heritage Listed Buildings.

Located just over an hour from Perth on the Great Eastern Highway, Northam is a great base from which to explore the Avon Valley.

Exploring the towns architecture on foot is a rewarding experience and along the way you'll also discover many craft and curio shops. There's also a wide range of cafes and restaurants from alfresco to fine dining.

The Avon River flows through the town and is fringed by soft grassy banks and shady trees. Picnicking beside the river is a popular pastime and it is here that you can also observe the activities of the elegant white swans which were brought here by settlers over 100 years ago. Or, you can spy on the swans from the heady heights of the pedestrian suspension bridge which passes over the Avon River.

There are many activities to choose from in Northam such as hot air ballooning, horse riding or white water rafting. To learn more about this beautiful town, why not join one of the Shire of Northam's river and heritage tours. Join experienced and knowledgeable local guides on walking or bus tours to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

Things To See and Do in Northam

  • Catch the AvonLink train from Perth to Northam with Transwa
  • Stop in at the Northam Visitor Centre for brochures, information and bookings
  • Go hot air ballooning with Windward Balloon Adventures
  • Discover Northam's many heritage listed buildings
  • Potter through the many craft and curio stores
  • Picnic on the banks of the Avon River
  • View the white swans from the pedestrian suspension bridge

Stargazing in Northam

Culture & the Stars

Bilya Koort Boodja: Centre for Nyoongar Culture & Environmental Knowledge is the ideal location to start your stargazing journey in Northam. Visit the centre to learn about the Nyoongar connection with the night sky, and how this has informed their beliefs and culture. Occasionally, you can also participate in one of their stargazing-themed events.

Observing Site

Bert Hawke Oval is the perfect site to set up a telescope or use binoculars to watch the ever-changing night skies. Ample parking is available, as well as a playground for children, and you can reach this site by following Clarke Street past Burwood Park.

Astrophotography Hotspot

Although Northam has a wealth of areas for you to capture breathtaking photographs of our night skies, Katrine Road is the perfect location for snaps you won’t get anywhere else. With no light pollution, an abundance of natural beauty and historic buildings, as well as the iconic Glenfield Homestead, Katrine Road will offer you the perfect backdrop for that night sky image you’ve always wanted to capture.

Visit Northam

Find out what to do and where to stay in Northam.
  • With almost 30 years of experience in ballooning, Liberty Balloon Flights has operations in WA, meeting in Northam in the Avon Valley, just one hour...
  • Bilya Koort Boodja (River, Heart, Land) is a place like no other, where tradition meets technology on the banks of the Avon River. Established in...
  • Proudly racing since 1863, the Northam Race Club hosts its race meetings at the Northam Racecourse and is celebrated as one of WA’s premier provincial...
  • Stargazing on Perth's doorstep is a world-class experience! Escape bright city lights and experience the wonder of WA’s stunning Milky Way stars on...
  • The Northam Visitor Centre is located in the Avon Valley region. As an accredited Visitor Centre they offer a one stop shop of information provided by...
  • Experience the peace and tranquillity of lighter than air flight with the experienced team at Windward Balloon Adventures. Windward conducts champagne...

Explore the Avon Valley

Plan your trip to the Avon Valley, and don't miss these must visit destinations.
Last Swans Mural, Northam


Located just over an hour east from Perth, Northam is WA's largest inland town and is home to over 185 heritage listed buildings and provides the perfect base to explore the region.


Nestled in a valley between scenic hills and on the banks of the Avon River, Toodyay presents some perfect examples of 19th century architecture, while retaining its own unique country charm.


The township of York, established in 1831, was the first inland European settlement in WA and is renowned for its colonial architecture and heritage precints.

New Norcia, Avon Valley

New Norcia

A true escape, this unique hamlet 130km north east of Perth is Australia's only monastic town. Everyone, regardless of their beliefs, will be stilled by the soul of this tranquil community.


Beverly is one of Western Australia's oldest settlements. Take a two hour drive east of Perth, through picturesque farmland, paddocks and forests and be transported back in time.


Experience Yesteryear in Historic Goomalling. Goomalling’s rural charm and the friendliness of its people have visitors returning time and time again. Whether driving through or staying over, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

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