WA's greatest river race is back in 2021 from the 13-15 August. The powerboats, the paddlers, the festivals and all the excitement of the river.
The Avon Descent is one of WA's most iconic and longest running multisport races. It is a two day 124km adventure river race from Northam to Bayswater of Powerboat, Kayak, Ski or SUP as a Single, Double or Relay Team.
The two day course starts with a 52 kilometre stretch beginning at the Town of Northam, 100 kilometres east of Perth. The course proceeds downriver through the town of Toodyay into the upper reaches of the Darling Range escarpment. The overnight stop is the Boral Campsite located at Cobbler Pool 20 kilometres west of Toodyay.
Day 2 is 72 kilometres long and sees competitors tackle the valley containing the major white water obstacles and challenges of the event including Supershoot, Emu Falls, Championship Rapids and Bells Rapids. The rush of the valley leaves competitors with the marathon 30 kilometre, flat water stretch to Bayswater. While the victorious burst their way over the Finish Line the achievers are happy just to finish.
Avon Descent Family Fun Days
For some perfect family fun over the Avon Descent weekend, check out the Family Fun Days! During the annual Avon Descent weekend spectators get to enjoy all the action from the river bank in Northam, Toodyay, Swan Valley and Bayswater - enjoy race commentary, free entertainment and much more.
Avon Descent Community Day – Armadale
Sunday 1 August 2021, 11am – 3pm
Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Armadale
In partnership with the Avon Descent, the City of Armadale is proud to present the Avon Descent Community day at the world-class Champion Lakes Regatta Centre as the first official event of the Avon Descent! Come and try dragon boating, kayak and ski sprint races to watch, live music, activities for all ages, club stalls, food trucks and much more!
Northam Bilya Festival Avon Descent Start Line Festival
Friday 13 August 2021, 5pm - 9pm
Bilya Koort Boodja Centre Garden, Northam
Join the action at the Start Line of the world’s greatest white water race! This year the reimagined Northam Bilya Festival highlights the cultural significance of the Avon River flowing through Nyoongar Ballardong country. The evening's celebrations start with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and river blessing for a safe Avon Descent weekend. The festivities continue with the annual community street parade, the ceremonial turning on of the lights on Australia’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Avon River, and more family fun activities.
Toodyay International Food Festival and Family Fun Day
Saturday, 14 August 2021, 10am - 4pm
Stirling and Duidgee Parks, Toodyay
Combine the thrill of the Avon Descent with delicious cuisine. Enjoy mouth-watering food and free family entertainment at the Toodyay International Food Festival. Held on the banks of the Avon River, it’s the perfect location to watch the Avon Descent race. Highlights include food trucks, food stalls, on-stage entertainment, face painting, bouncing castles, animal far, and roving entertainment.
City of Swan Avon Descent Festival
Sunday 15 August 2021, 10am - 3pm
Lilac Hill Park, Caversham
With a cracking onstage line up on the Brabham Estate main stage including Coby Grant, Josephine and Goggles, Fliptease Circus and big screens showing live race footage from Bells Rapids! Plus grab some delish eats from the food truck line up and kick back in the Movida Estate chill zone, take in the Artisan and Retro Markets, a stack of free rides, amusements and more! A prime vantage point and free family activities galore? It doesn’t get any better on Avon Descent weekend.
City of Bayswater Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day 2021
Sunday 15 August 2021, 11am - 6pm
Riverside Gardens, Milne Street, Bayswater
Join support crews and spectators to welcome competitors over the Finish Line at the City of Bayswater Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day. Enjoy a sensational FREE day out with bouncy castles, children’s rides, face painting and live commentary over the loud speakers.