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Bow and arrows
Embrace your inner Robin Hood and try your hand
at archery. Hoddywell Archery Park in Toodyay is
designed with a ‘have a go’ mentality; instructors
teach you the basics before you hit the archery trail.
There’s a beginner’s trail if you’re after light-hearted
fun (great for families) but if you want to unleash
your competitive streak there are two other trails
to advance to. At the park there are toilets,
disabled facilities, a kiosk and campgrounds.
Cola Café and Museum
The cola collection at the Cola Café and Museum
in Toodyay was started over 45 years ago and has
since evolved into cola-mania. The 1950s style café
is decked out in red, white and black, and every nook
and cranny is filled with memorabilia... from a Coca-
Cola delivery truck to every bottle ever produced.
Time spent looking at the soft-drink inspired
museum is likely to make you thirsty (and induce
Coke cravings). You can grab a drink from the onsite
café, which also serves breakfast, brunch and lunch.
You’ll pour blood, sweat
and tears into this mud-
themed challenge. The
gruelling course takes three
to four hours to complete
but is definitely worth the
adrenalin rush and team
camaraderie. Once the
hard slog is over, there’s an
after party with live music,
contests and awards.
WPC Farm, Copely,
Experience one of the
premier sporting events at
Northam Race Club. Dress
to impress for the ‘Fashions
on the Field’ competition
– classy accessories and
heels will stand you in
good stead. Be sure to
don an attention-grabbing
fascinator to stand out
amongst the competition.
Northam Race Club,
Enjoy a variety of tartan-
clad Scottish entertainment
including Scottish fiddle
chamber music, bagpipes
and flame throwing by
The Bad Piper, and
Beverley, Nov 2.
Don your chain mail and
polish your armour for the
York Medieval Banquet
– a three-course, long-
table banquet dinner.
The feast also features live
entertainment, and there’s
prizes for best dressed.
The York Mill Gallery,
If your little rascals can’t
get enough of swords
and knights they’ll be in
their element at the York
Medieval Fayre. Activities
and displays include face
painting, modern fencing,
blacksmiths, and lords
and ladies in costume. A
highlight is the Birds of Prey
exhibition where both kids
and adults can entertain
their pet eagle fantasies.
Avon Park, York, Nov 3.
Visitors have an opportunity
to see harvesting in action
and experience rural
activities. In previous years
the event has included
demonstrations of the
history of harvesting,
with Clydesdale horses
and vintage equipment,
vintage vehicles, wood
chopping, Highland cattle,
blacksmiths and farriers,
and working sheepdogs.
Beverley, Nov 24.
Celebrate the festive
season with face painting,
a Christmas pageant,
bouncy castles and baby
animals. Northam, Dec 7.
The pedestrian suspension bridge in Northam is
one of the longest of its kind in Australia and stretches
across the Avon River. The sign above the bridge
will teach the kids something as well (ideal for
a school holiday excursion). For instance, you’d
never guess that it’s capable of holding 400 people!
Grab your 4x4, take to the Julimar Forest and
prepare to get filthy... the car, that is. After rain,
the forest track is full of ditches, puddles and a lot
of mud, making it an entertaining excursion - you
won’t be hearing the kids’ whinging during this drive.
If you’re new to four-wheel driving, the best time to
tackle the track is in spring as the mud starts to dry
and the puddles aren’t as deep. During any season,
even with advanced skills, it’s best to plan your
daytrip as a convoy in case you get bogged (doh!).
Learn how to fly a micro-light or an ultra-light
aircraft with Sky Sports Flying School in York.
Training is hard-core, so much so that the school
even has onsite accommodation (training is best
in three- to four-day blocks). If you’re umming
and ahhing about booking a course, there are
instructional training flights available so you
can make your decision after taking a flight
and learning more about the aircrafts. If you’re
keen as a bean to get in the air, enquiries can
be made through the website (skysports.net.au).
Northam’s Bernard Park is nestled among
100-year-old pine trees on the banks of the
Avon River and is the only natural breeding
ground in Australia for white swans. Pack
a picnic or take a stroll to see the graceful
birds on the river or in the enclosure on the
eastern side. The park is also home to the
Northam Community Markets, which are
held on the first Saturday of every month.
Suspension bridge in Northam
The Northam Cup.
The York Mill
WHAT TO DO
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