Northam, situated on the Avon River in the heart of the Avon Valley and less than 100 km from Perth, is the perfect base from which to explore the Avon Valley and the Wheatbelt region. Whether for a day trip, relaxed weekend getaway or extended stay, Northam offers something for everyone. Located on the banks of the Avon River, the Northam Visitor Centre can provide you with the most recent information on where to stay and what to do.
The people of the Ballardong tribe, who are part of the Nyungar race, have inhabited the Northam area since long before European settlement. The Avon River (Gulgulga Bilya) has retained its cultural significance to the traditional Nyungar people and there are numerous Aboriginal heritage sites along its banks.
European settlers started to take up holdings in the area in the early 1830s, when surveyor Ensign Dale noted the fertility of the land, particularly in comparison to the sandy plains of the settlements around Perth. The town of Northam was gazetted in 1836 and, in Western Australia, is second only to Fremantle for the number of heritage listed buildings.
Northam offers a wide range of accommodation options, including charming colonial homesteads, quaint bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, comfortable self-contained budget accommodation and a caravan park.
Things to do
The picturesque Avon Valley country side is ideal for enjoying nature, with a range of walking tracks available in and around Northam. The Avon River environment abounds in birdlife, and there are accessible pathways along the river, as well as a suspension footbridge that provides an ideal vantage point for admiring the scenery and wildlife. The 18km long Dorntj Koorliny trail follows the river and includes interpretation of the environment and aboriginal history.
For those interested in built heritage, there are many magnificent historic buildings and the Visitor Centre offers both guided and self-guided tours. Historic Morby Cottage and the Old Northam Railway Station are open to the public, and together with the interpretation centre at the Visitor Centre provide visitors with an insight into Northam’s natural and cultural history.
The Avon Valley Arts Society gallery is situated in the Northam Visitor Centre, displaying fine arts by the region’s renowned artists.
For those seeking adventure, there are opportunities for ballooning and gliding and the Avon River at Northam is ideal for paddlers of all abilities.
Northam offers an array of dining options, including fine dining, hearty pub style meals, Chinese, Indian, cafes and a wide range of take-away outlets.
Northam Tourist Information
Northam Visitor Centre 2 Grey St Northam WA 6401 Ph: 08 9622 2100 E: email@example.com