Historic Toodyay – the jewel in the Avon Valley
There’s a lot to discover in the historic town of Toodyay.
With its 1683 square kilometres Toodyay offers some magnificent examples of natural and cultural heritage in Western Australia.
The town-site of Toodyay is located approximately 85 kilometres east of Perth – a pleasant hour’s drive from Perth. The name is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word “Duidgee” meaning “place of plenty” which refers to the richness and fertility of the region.
Enjoy the ambience of this historic town, take a walk in one of our many nature reserves or drive through the countryside - Toodyay will enchant you !
Founded in 1836 and declared an historic town by the National Trust in 1980, the town today still displays fine examples of 19th century history, with architecture reflecting the early convict era. Historic buildings include the Old Courthouse, the Mechanics Institute, Connors Mill and Newcastle Gaol. Connors Mill, with its historic machinery and Newcastle Gaol are open to the public for a minimal admission fee.
Toodyay, with its architectural heritage, boasts a variety of accommodation options, ranging from top of the range retreats and cabins to quiet shady caravan parks with beautiful views. Stay in one of Toodyay’s charming old style hotels or spend a night or two in one of our delightful B&B’s and enjoy the clear night sky away from the city lights.
Things to do
Visit the award winning Newcastle Gaol and Connor’s Mill or take the “Living History” walk along the main street. Browse the quaint shops, galleries, local produce outlets and wineries or enjoy a drink on the verandah of a country pub. There are bush and river walks for the more energetic, or take a drive out of town to visit wineries, olive groves, natural attractions and local artisans. Commune with nature at The Avon Valley National Park and other conversation parks and nature reserves whilst enjoying an abundance of wildflowers during the Winter and Spring months. For the young and young at heart there’s an archery park, emu farm and miniature train rides.
Sit back and have a coffee or lunch at one of our café’s, tempt your taste buds with unique traditional European cuisine or enjoy a hearty country meal at one of our pubs. Duidgee Park nestled on the banks of the Avon River offers undercover areas with gas BBQ’s for a wonderful family outing.
Toodyay Tourist Information