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Avon Historic Tourist Drive

2WD inPerth & Surrounds

Avon Valley,

  • Full day
  • 98 km

Avon Historic Tourist Drive, is a scenic route through the Avon Valley and surrounding countryside. The 98 kilometre route travels alongside the Avon River and is an excellent day out from Perth with plenty of interesting stops and opportunities for a nice lunch along the way.

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Visitors Centre Piesse St Toodyay, which is 85km (1hr 15min) north east of Perth.

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This self drive itinerary will take you to all the major townships in the Avon Valley region, starting in Toodyay and visiting Northam, York and Beverley.

From Perth travel north east via The Great Northern Highway and Toodyay Road to the quaint country town of Toodyay.

Stop for morning tea before visiting the Old Gaol Museum, which will take you back 150 years to the time of Moondyne Joe. Wander the cells and take in the history of the old police stables. Also visit Connor's Mill, a fine example of colonial history and architecture.


Northam is your next stop, the home of the famous white swans and the starting point for the popular Avon Descent race. Northam is the largest inland town in Western Australia and the commercial centre for the surrounding farming district.

For the history enthusiast or architecture fan Northam also has a rich collection of historic buildings. Make time to visit Australia's longest suspension bridge which crosses the Avon River. This is a great spot to stop for a picnic lunch or find a nice cafe.

After some exploring and a rest, continue the drive to York. Dating back to 1831, the township of York has museums to be discovered, galleries to wander and plenty more for the whole family.

Travel south from York towards Beverley marked by fine examples of colonial architecture and steeped in tales of pioneering history. Visit the Aeronautical Museum, which has an excellent display of full scale aircraft and aerial paraphernalia.

Head back to Perth along the Brookton Highway.

York Visitor Centre

(08) 9641 1301

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    Comprehensive information on the Perth region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.

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Time / Duration

Full day to visit all the towns


98km one way

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

Visitors Centre Piesse St Toodyay, which is 85km (1hr 15min) north east of Perth.

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Trail End


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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Bicycle Locker
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Kiosk
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

All year round

Trail Access

Drive to Toodyay or Beverley

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1 trail goers have rated Avon Historic Tourist Drive as 3 out of 5!

We love to hear from people who've been on our Western Australian trails, so it would be most appreciated it if you wanted to leave a review.

Kim D'Alton

Reviewed 3 Nov 2018, 11:25am

The written description for this trail say that the trail goes from Toodyay to Goomalling, to Northam, to York and finishing in Beveley. Yet the map route on Trails WA goes nowhere near Goomalling?

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