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Attractions in Avon Valley Region


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Arts & Crafts Building Tour

A walking tour of six arts and crafts buildings in York.

  • Tour Price:$10
  • Type:Tours
  • Suited For:Adults (18+)

Details

Description

York is fortunate to have six splendid Arts and Crafts buildings, all designed by Government Architect, George Temple-Poole.  These include the National Trust owned Courthouse.  Some buildings that are normally private may be entered.

Tour guide Rob Garton Smith, will discuss the Arts and Crafts movement and architecture, and take the group on a walk to each of the six Arts and Crafts buildings in York.  The last building requires a short drive in your car.  

 

Tickets available online.  $10 adults/$5 concessions/National Trust members $9/Children U16 free.

Avon River Walking Tour

Bilya Bidi (Nyungar for "River & Paths")- Avon River Town Pool Walking Guided Tour in Northam 2014

  • Activity:Bush Walking
  • Type:Tours

Details

Description

Bilya Bidi Tours - Join experienced and knowledgeable local guides on the Avon River Pool Walking Tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history. Discover the Avon River & all that it has bought to the Avon Valley.  Discover the formation and evolution of the Avon River catchment and become familiar with the native flora and fauna of the district. 

This tour takes approx. 90 minutes

Please bring: Sunscreen, hat, water bottle, sturdy shoes, comfortable & appropriate clothing, camera and a sense of adventure. 

*ALL tours subject to numbers & weather conditions. Credit given for the next available tour if tour cancelled.* Please call for alternative dates for this Avon River Pool Walking tour, Dorntj Koorliny tour, Historical Building Bus tour & our Cemetery tour.  

For more information, bookings & enquiries please contact: Northam Visitor Centre, 2 Grey St. (P.O. Box 613), Northam, W.A., 6401, P: (08) 9622 2100 or F: (08) 9622 5490 or E: [email protected]

If your group has an alternative date in mind, please ring and alternative arrangements can be made suitable.

Bilya Koort Boodja

This regional tourist attraction offers an interactive educational experience that recognises the rich Aboriginal and environmental presence in the Nyoongar Ballardong region.

  • Suited For:Seniors,Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+),Wheelchairs
  • Open days/Times:Daily
  • Tour Price:$5 - $25
  • Type:Tours
  • Activity:Aboriginal Bushfoods,Aboriginal Music, Art & Dance,Aboriginal Owned & Operated

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • Tour Locations:Northam

Description

The centre will include an interpretive space, exhibition space, shop/ gallery, venue hire, and will host regular tours & activities. The Centre will also be responsible for assisting with local aboriginal small business development.

Key Experiences

-Visit sacred and historical sites with a local Nyoongar tour guide
Interpretive Space
-Annual calendarof workshops, activities, events, and exhibitions
-Discover the culture of the local Nyoongar people and their connections with the local environment through tours, training and cultural activities
-Visit an Aboriginal art gallery and retail shop with authentic arts & crafts, bushfoods, resources and bush medicines

Delta Force Paintball Muchea

Visit Delta Force Muchea for the ultimate paintball experience! Get your friends together for an action-packed paintball adventure that you''ll never forget.

  • Activity:Paintballing
  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Delta Force Paintball Muchea has raised the bar for paintballing standards not only in Perth, but Australia wide. Come and play at this amazing outdoor paintball centre and be blown away by the incredible game zones, professional staff and impeccable facilities on offer!

Get the ultimate paintball experience at Muchea! You can attempt to capture the ancient relic from the pyramid, shoot the enemy from our newly built sniper tower, and battle it out with all the ferocity paintball warriors possess in our speedball game zone!

Delta Force Muchea offers a truly unforgettable day for your friends and family. Delta Force Paintball has a 100% safety record and values the safety of our customers and staff above anything else. 

For a day of adrenaline-fuelled action you can't go past Delta Force Paintball!

Free Range Emu Farm

Oldest emu farm in the world.

  • Open days/Times:Open Daily 10am - 4pm
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12)
  • Activity:Animal Farm
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday

Description

"The Free Range Emu Farm" usually runs approximately 100 emus - producing 50 chicks each year.

Visitors will be able to view adult emus, nests and chicks in their enclosed but natural bush setting, the incubation and hatching process in season. Emus lay their eggs from April through to August and chicks may hatch from July through to October.

The emu shop offers products, such as leather garments, carved and non-craved eggs, therapeutic oils, cosmetics, soap, feathers and emu meat. Ice-creams, cool drinks, tea and coffee are also available. Inside and outside tables and chairs, barbecues and toilet facilities are available.

Gingin Observatory

At Gingin Observatory visitors experience the wonders of space by viewing through telescopes, engaging with astronomers & by interacting during a big screen presentation that highlights our Universe.

  • Activity:Star Gazing,Discovery Centre,Observatory
  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Kids (4 - 12),Families
  • Open days/Times:Night Visits from 7 - 9pm Fri & Sat

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Gingin Observatory was opened as a public observatory in October 2001 and has always been operated as a private business, co-located with the Gravity Discovery Centre, an hour drive north of Perth. The founding Astronomer was Mr David Nicolson.

The business is now operated by Bella Wunderlin (aka "Quasar") and Hans Wunderlin (aka "Hans Solo")! On the 3rd of Febuary 2012 , the opportunity to buy Gingin Observatory came up . We are following the foot steps of those  who previously owned the Observatory who has taught us so much about this great business and with a love of astronomy in their back pockets, they took this special chance to take on a new business with lots of potential.

At Gingin Observatory visitors experience the wonders of space by viewing through telescopes, engaging with astronomers and by interacting during a big screen presentation that highlights our Universe.

The building is split into two areas. The space observatory (with a fully retractable roof) houses 5 large telescopes, including the largest in Australia for public access, and 6 pairs of high magnification binoculars. The other half of the building is a theatre room that also contains a reception and shop.

In addition to these facilities, the new $1M science grade Zadko Telescope, committed to Gamma Ray Burst research, is situated next door to the observatory in its own dedicated dome. It is the largest telescope for public access in the Southern Hemisphere and is integrated into stargazing nights at Gingin Observatory.

One hour away from bright city lights means dark night skies for wondrous views of stars, planets, galaxies and more. It’s fun for the whole family.

 

Historical Building Bus Tours

Bilya Bidi (Nyungar for "River & Paths) - Northam Historical Building Bus Tour 2014

  • Activity:Driving
  • Type:Tours
  • Suited For:Adults (18+)

Details

Description

Bilya Bidi Tour -  Historical Building Bus Tour come join experienced and knowledegable local guides on our bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history. Northam is only 2nd to Fremantle in our registered heritage listed magnificent building structures. Settled in the early 1830's, Northam is one of WA's earliest regional townships. Visit Morby Cottage, the home of Northam's first white settler, John Morrell. This tour highlights many public buildings and homes of historical and architectual interest.

This tour takes approx. 1.5 hours. 

Dates for this tour include: 22nd March, 2014. 

Please bring: sunscreen, hat, water bottle, sturdy shoes, comfortable & appropriate clothing, insect repellant, camera and a sense of adventure.

*ALL tours are subject to numbers & weather conditions. Credit given for next available tour, if tour is cancelled.* Please call for alternative dates for this Historical Building bus tour, our Avon River Town Pool Walking tour, our Cemetery tour and our Dorntj Koorliny tour.

For more information, bookings & enquiries please contact: Northam Visitor Centre, 2 Grey St. (P.O. Box 613), Northam, W.A., 6401, P: (08) 9622 2100 or F: (08) 9622 5490 or E: [email protected]

If you have another date for a group of people wanting to book this tour please ring and arrangements can be made to suit.

Hoddywell Archery Park

Archery park set in attractive bush setting.

  • Open days/Times:Open Sat to Wed 9.30am - 5pm
  • Activity:Archery
  • Suited For:Families,Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
  • Type:Attractions

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Hoddywell Archery Park caters for all and was established in 1978 on 70 acres of bushland. Hoddywell has three shooting trails: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Toilets, barbeques, picnic shelters are all provided and there are powered sites, camping sites and laundry facilities.

Northam Cemetery Bus Tour

Bilya Bidi - Guided Tours (Nyungar for "River & Paths"), Northam Cemetery Walking tour, 2014.

  • Activity:Driving
  • Type:Tours

Details

Description

Bilya Bidi Tour - Northam Cemetery Walking Tour departing at 4:30pm from the Northam Cemetery, Katrine Rd, Northam (please be ready by 4:15pm). Join experienced and knowledgeable local guides on this tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history. Uncover some little known secrets of the region's early settlers and the hardships endured by convicts. Discover the significance of Northam in WA's political history and gain insight into the un-consecrated graves.

This tours take approx. 1.5 hours. You must book for this tour. 

Dates for this tour include: 8th March, 2014 & 14th June, 2014.

Please bring: Sunscreen, Hat, Water Bottle, Sturdy Shoes, Comfortable and appropriate clothing, Torch, Camera and a sense of adventure.

*ALL tours are subject to numbers and weather conditions. Credit given if this tour is cancelled for the next available tour.* Please ring for alternative dates for this Cemetery tour, our Avon River Pool Walking tour, our Historical Building Bus tour and our Dorntj Koorliny tour.

For more information, bookings & enquiries please contact: Northam Visitor Centre, 2 Grey St. (P.O. Box 613), Northam, W.A., 6401,

P: (08) 9622 2100
F: (08) 9622 5490
E: [email protected]

If you have a group wishing to tour on a different date, please ring for suitable arrangements to be made.

Northam Silo Art

International artists HENSE (USA) and Phlegm (UK) transformed eight CBH Group grain silos into iconic works of art dramatically responding to the unique landscape of the Wheatbelt town of Northam.

  • Activity:Art & Craft
  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Families,Adults (18+)

Details

  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:FORM

Description

The silos were painted each at a height of 35 metres (an area of roughly 5500 square feet) over 16 days and using around 740 litres of paint, creating Australia’s first silo mural.

The project was completed In March 2015 as part of FORM’s PUBLIC festival of art and ideas. 

Oliomio Olive and Lavender Farm

Situated in West Tooyay, Oliomio Farm is just a 20 minute drive from Toodyay and 20 minute drive from the Chittering end of Julimar Road and 5km down Parkland Drive.

  • Activity:Olive Oil Producer,Flower Farm
  • Type:Attractions
  • Suited For:Families,Seniors,Wheelchairs
  • Open days/Times:Call 9574 5786 to check

Details

  • Open Days:Public Holidays,School holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Open for tastings of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

For Perth visitors, a phone call (9574 5786) to check that we are open for tastings and sales of our unique olive oils. 

For local customers, we have signs out at the corner of Julimar Road/ Parkland Drive to indicate that we are open  

Windward Balloon Adventures

Enjoy the enchanting experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the picturesque Avon Valley, near Perth, WA with the Tourism Award winning team at Windward Balloon Adventures.

  • Activity:Ballooning
  • Suited For:Families,Kids (4 - 12),Teens (13 - 17),Adults (18+)
  • Type:Tours

Details

Description

Celebrating over 28 years of flying, Windward Balloon Adventures is Western Australia's Premier hot air ballooning company, holding a prestigious position as the oldest and most experienced operator.

Our reputation for professionalism, safety and excellence is at the heart of our operations as we continuously strive to exceed our passengers’ expectations, delivering a quality adventure experience and leaving them with memories that will last a life time.

Operating between April and November, Windward invites you to experience the romance and adventure of the worlds oldest and most pure form of flight. Departing from Northam, a short drive from Perth, flights lift off just before sunrise, allowing you to witness from the air the first signs of dawn shedding light over the patchwork of colours within the Avon Valley.

Drifting gently over the valley for up to an hour allows you plenty of time to take in the panoramic views of this rural landscape with its rolling hills, lush green fields and meandering streams.

After the flight celebrate in style with a sumptuous breakfast and champagne in the French tradition.

Scenic Flights Daily from April to late November

Windward Balloon Adventures offers guests the enchanting experience of a deluxe sunrise balloon flight over the picturesque Avon Valley.

Your adventure begins just before sunrise in the departure lounge of the Windward ballooning hangar at the Northam Airfield. Following check-in and a hot coffee (or two!), guests are transferred out to the launch site on-board the Windward bus.

At the launch site it's all hands on deck as the pilot and ground crew unload the basket and inflate the balloon.

Once aboard the balloon, your pilot will run through vital in-flight Information including balloon safety and the importance of ballast! We wait a few moments for some final happy snaps and a quick wave to the ground crew before the balloon is released and we drift gently towards the clouds. Once aloft enjoy the spectacle of seeing the first signs of dawn shed light over the Avon Valley, a glorious patchwork of colours.

Drifting over the valley for up to an hour allows you plenty of time to take in the panoramic views of this rural landscape with its rolling hills, lush green fields and meandering streams. Flying low over rivers and streams, you can catch a reflection of the colourful balloon shimmering on the water, or pick leaves from the tops of nearby trees! As you gently float over the fields of the Avon your Pilot will provide an informative commentary on the region and the activities it hosts, as well as the history of ballooning and the science behind flying.

After disembarking its all hands on deck once again as you discover the art of repacking the balloon before being taken to the Fountain Restaurant at historic Fitzgeralds Hotel to celebrate your experience in style with a sumptuous breakfast, champagne and certificate of flight presentation by your Pilot.

Beautifully Presented Gift Certificates.

If you are searching for the ultimate 'gift with a lift' for someone special in Perth or WA, then look no further. We have it all wrapped up!

Our gift certificates can be personalised. For that extra special touch let us know who it’s for, the occasion and who it’s from.

This is one present that they will remember for a life time!

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