Northam Travel Guide

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Northam Things to Do

  • Longest pedestrian suspension bridge in...

    It has a 117 metre span,It's 16 metres high,It can hold 400 people evenly spaced out,It can withstand 150 kph wind.It does sway in a strong breeze.It costs nothing to cross.It get's full to capacity when the Avon Descent (the world famous whitewater kayaking event) starts in early August each year just 50 metres upstream. If you could get a spot on...

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  • Heritage Walk

    Northam is said to have the largest number of historic buildings in Western Australia (other than Fremantle). There is a 90 minute walk you can take following a map provided by the Tourist Centre. The starting point of the walk is at the Avon Valley Visitors Centre in Grey St.

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  • Northam Visitor's Centre

    The visitor centres is right on the banks of the Avon River and is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00.pm. There are public amenities including a shower and parents room. The centre has a large range of brochures and history items as well as the usual local gifts and souvenirs. In the same building is a cafe and conference facilities and a museum. All...

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  • Bernard Park

    Bernard Park is adjacent to the Avon Valley Visitor Centre and on the shores of the Avon River. There is a childrens playground, bbq and picnic facilties as well as many large sculptures. The rotunda in the park was built in 1915.

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  • Byfield House

    Byfield House was built in 1902 for an important resident of Northam, James Byfield. The home displays the wealth which was acquired by Byfield as a direct result of the gold boom era.

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  • Avon Valley Art Society

    The Avon Valley Art Society is located in what was once the old post office which was built in 1872. It was also home of the 10th Light Horse for 70 years. The society has three galleries which feature local and touring exhibitions and are open from 10.00am to 4.00pm 7 days a week. You will find a display of local arts and crafts for sale.

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  • The Historic Route

    The Avon Drive was the original route between the towns of Beverley, York, Northam and Toodyay. This scenic drive goes along route 254 (just follow the brown and white 'Avon Drive' signs) and features a number of places of interests including some which are now private properties so respect is needed. A map can be obtained from the Visitor Centre.

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  • Morby Cottage

    The old mud brick cottage was built in 1836 and was the home of the former founder of Northam, John Morrel. The home has been restored and features the Morrell family heirlooms as well as other early Northem photos and memorabilia. It is the oldest building in the area.John Morrell was 50 when he left his country (England) bound for Australia. He...

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  • Old Railway Station Museum

    The Old Railway Station was built in 1884 to service the Goldfields and Eastern Districts. Today the station is now a museum housing artefacts and pieces of railway history, as well as radios and household appliances. There are old steam engine and carriages also on display. The building has been restored and is listed with the National. The museum...

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  • Old Post Office

    Postal services to the eastern districts began from Perth in 1840. The first post office to be built in Northam was in 1972. The replacement was built in 1892. The old post office houses a large display of arts and crafts and touring exhibitions.

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  • Old Union Bank Building

    The old Union Bank Building was built in 1905/06 and is now the home of the ANZ bank. One of Northams unique historical buildings with features of gabled roof, decorative mouldings and arched head windows. An extension on the side was added to the original building. Some modern alterations have been made such as the dark glass windows at the end...

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  • Northam Advertiser

    The local newspaper during Northam's early days was the Northam Advertiser. Hal Colebatch bought the newspaper in 1904 and continued to run it until 1923 when he handed it over to his sons although he still continued to contribute to the publication. Colebatch was Mayor of Northam from 1909 to 1912. The building was constructed in 1893.

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  • St John's Church Hall

    The church hall belong to St Johns was built in 1897. Along with the church and church hall is the former rectory. All the buildings have asbestos shingle gabled roofs.

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  • St John's Anglican Church

    St John's Anglican Church is set back from the town's main street. The church was constructed using locally quarried stone between 1885 to 1890. The style is Gothic Revival but during the earthquake in 1968, large cracks appeared in the walls. The church has stained glass wndows with the east windows having insets of Ste George's Cathedral and Old...

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  • The Suspension Bridge

    The suspension bridge was built in 1975 and spans the Avon River in the centre of town It is the longest pedestrian bridge of its kind in Australia. The bridge crosses over to Broome Terrace

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  • Avon River

    The Avon River, a beautiful feature in the Avon Valley, runs it course through Northam. All through its route you will be able to see a variety of Australian birdlife including the white swans. There are plenty of picnic spots also. Australia's longest pedestrian suspension bridge, also spans the river in Northam.

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  • On Display

    There is a permanent exhibition called, 'A Sense of Place', which outlines the Northam area and their important post-war migrant history.

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    The show also include a variety of "champion " animal display. For instance, this is the 1s t prize winner for Turkey category.

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Northam Transportation

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    Northam is located just over an hour's drive (approx 97km) north east from Perth. Travel along the Great Eastern highway from Midland. A perfect day trip from Perth

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Northam Local Customs

  • Local Events

    Northam hosts a variety of events throughout the year. There is the monthly markets. Also annual events such as the Flying 50, Avon River Festival and Summer Siesta Concert Series with the council working on several more annual events for the years ahead.

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  • Health Risk Tale

    In 1933 there was a notable scandal which occurred in Northam. The town's entire Aboriginal population were gathered up by the local police and dumped in the Moore River Settlement. The official reason given by the Northam Shire Council said they had scabies and were a health risk.

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Northam Off The Beaten Path

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    by keeweechic Updated Feb 12, 2006

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    Just halfway between Toodyay and Northam is the Avonlea Park Alpaca Stud farm. While there are other animals there, the farm is primarily for alpaca's. You will be able to get close to the animals and feed them as well as be provided with interesting information. Other animals include donkey's, coloured sheep and goats. The Farm serves morning, afternoon teas and light lunches. You can also purchase alpaca gardments as well as wool and other local crafts.

    Open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm March - November.

    Location : Toodyay-Northam Road

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Northam Sports & Outdoors

  • Northam Racecourse

    The racing club was established in 1863 and is located on the perimeter of the Mortlock River. Race meetings are held from May to October. The Gold Northam Cup is held in October at the end of the season.

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  • Spectacular Views

    The Avon Valley is spectacular with just the smallest amount of mist clinging to the trees as the early morning sun rises. Ours was a particularly cold morning and the sudden bursts from the flame burner were a welcomed bit of warmth. Going higher certainly doesn’t mean getting colder as the temperature really doesn’t change.

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  • Up Up and Away..

    Finally the balloon takes off in a gentle uplifting as it glides slowly up and over the fields and ponds, gently ascending into the mist and blue skies. If you had any worries about going up in a balloon, you soon forget as it is the most gentlest of rides. It is so quiet except for the odd burst from the propane burner.

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