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With the horse racing season still underway, the golf courses are
beckoning, the hot-air balloons rising, and the parachutes ready for
your skydive adventure, so head to the Avon for an adrenaline fix.
Wildflower spotting across the
valley; York for all things aviation
and keeping it cosy in Toodyay.
AVON VALLEY NATIONAL PARK |
Spanning 16,000ha, this national park is known for
its large number of orchid species. It straddles the
Avon River and the turn off (Morangup Road) is
42km east of Midland via Toodyay Road.
JULIMAR NATIONAL FOREST | Tackle
a walking trail and experience the magnificent
range of colours, shapes, textures and scents of
this 28,000ha jarrah, marri and wandoo woodland.
Picnic at one of the pit stops, including Noble Falls.
TOODYAY | Rural retreats and intimate B&Bs
abound in Toodyay. If you prefer to stay in all
weekend, some provide massage, reiki and
re flexology treatments. For a fix of romance, visit
soul-warming log-fire restaurants and pubs, and
quaint old-world sites.
SKYDIVING IN YORK | Skydive Express
operates a world class skydiving centre out of York,
which comprises a purpose-built 1,000 square-
metre, air conditioned complex and private airfield,
manned with two custom aircrafts.
Drive the Julimar Strip
Cruise the peaceful strip made up of
wineries, shops, pottery studios and retreats.
Framed by the Julimar Forest, there are
plenty of trails and picnic spots as well.
Even the most seasoned player will be
challenged by the line up of sand, greens
and flat, long courses at Northam Golf
Course. BYO clubs and tee off at the course,
which runs on an honour payment system. It
can be dry, so choose your playing days well.
Many buildings in the Avon Valley have been
lovingly restored and are now classfied
by the National Trust. Each town has a
history museum unique to its forefathers
and backstory, for example Northam has
the second highest number of registered
heritage buildings in the state while York is
the oldest inland settlement in WA.
Catch the races
The season runs until the end of November,
so you’re just in time for some spring racing
at the Northam Race Club. Operating on
Thursdays, some Sundays and Wednesdays,
the old course is perched on the edge of the
The last ‘feature’ event on
the calender, the XXXX
Gold Northam Cup is one
of the main races on the
Northam Race Club
working sheep dogs,
and food and market stalls
at the annual Beverley
Avondale Discovery Farm
The community celebrates
the festive season together
at the Avon Christmas
Cheer in Northam.
December 8, Bernard Park
(Photography Avon Valley Tourism).
Avon Valley ballooning.
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