The Avon Valley is Western Australia's first inland settlement and is filled with interesting heritage towns and buildings.
As you meander through the rolling green hills and fields of golden canola, explore the lovingly restored historic buildings and many museums and a journey back in time at one of the regions museums, each having a tale to tell of our pioneering heritage. Experience these unique stories along a heritage walking trail.
Beverley Town Heritage Trail
Beverley is a peaceful one and a half hour drive from Perth through the Helena National Park or Mundaring State Forrest. This wonderful trail guides you on a tour of the heritage buildings in beautiful Beverley. Admire the the variety of architecture, from Art Deco to Georgian to the newly built Cornerstone building, home of the visitor centre. The walk will take around one hour, starting at the Dead Finish Museum. Trail details are included in the Beverley Booklet, available from the Beverley Visitor Centre or downloadable here.
Goomalling Heritage Walk
The area's first European settler was George Slater in 1854 and his homestead was used as a stopover by explorers during the gold rush days of the 1880s. After the railway line opened, Goomalling was established as a townsite in 1903. The Goomalling Heritage Walk, an initiative of the Goomalling Historical Society, will lead you for an hour's stroll around town and describe the history of various sites including Aerated Waters (the old cordial factory), the powerhouse and ice-works, the Goomalling Convent built in 1913 and more. A brochure can be downloaded online or is available from the Shire of Goomalling. Find out more.
Greenhills Heritage Trail
Discover the rich history of this rural area on the Greenhills Heritage Trail. Explore the historic townsites and let the trail take you back one hundred years and more. A trail in two parts with interpretive signage at all points of interest, the main section is an inviting short 1.5 kilometre walking exploration of the present-day hamlet of Greenhills. A short 3 kilometre drive takes you to the old townsite section of the trail which centres on St.Andrew's Church at the crossroads of Penny Drive and the York - Quairading Road. Find out more.
York Heritage Trails
York, WA’s first inland town, just 97kms from Perth. Follow one of the towns historic walk trails to discover their wonderful attractions and interesting history. The Grand Designs Walk looks at the pubs and parapets that give York's main street its unique character. Tour the undiscovered jewels of York's sidestreets on the Hidden Gems Walk. And follow the footsteps of York's convicts and those who lived here in the convict era on the Convicts and Crossings Walk - feeling intrepid? cross the river by suspension bridge or the ancient ford in summertime. Find out more.
Toodyay Living History Walk Trails
Toodyay is one of the oldest inland towns in Western Australia and much of its heritage is preserved. The Living History Walk Trails take you on a path of discovery of the town's rich history. There are four trails and maps can be picked up from the Toodyay Visitor Centre or downloaded here.
- GREEN TRAIL: takes you past Connor's Mill, Butterly Cottage and through Duidgee Park before returning via the banks of the Avon River and St Stephen's Anglican Church and Stirling Terrace.
- ORANGE TRAIL: is an optional extension of the green trail along Stirling Terrace that takes you past numerous historic sites and to the Catholic Precinct.
- YELLOW TRAIL: takes you via the railway station and Anzac Memorial Park to the Newcastle Gaol Museum, and returns to the Visitor Centre via Duke Street North and Charcoal Lane. This walk also has sections of moderately steep hills on Clinton Street.
- BLUE TRAIL: an optional extension of the yellow trail along Duke Street, past the old hospital up to an impressive lookout at Pelham reserve. This walk will appeal to nature lovers. Please be advised that it includes steep hills and a moderate level of fitness is required.
Toodyay Pioneer Heritage Trail
The Toodyay Pioneer Heritage Trail is a 20km drive from the intersection of Toodyay Road & Morangup Road to Duidgee Park. The trail traces the route of the first settlers in the area, to what is now known as West Toodyay. At a leisurely pace the trail offers a pleasant two hour drive with opportunities for picnicking and bushwalking. It follows Morangup Road, River Road, Lovers Lane, Sandplain Road, Folewood Road and West Toodyay Road. West Toodyay was the original site of the Toodyay settlement, unfortunately the historic buildings are long gone due to regular flooding of the area. Boulders with plaques have been placed along the West Toodyay Road, Fitzgerald Terrace & Picnic Hill Road, to depict where these buildings once stood. Find out more.