Avon River, Suzanne Long / Auscape International

Population 6007

Northam lies in the heart of the fertile Avon Valley. The Avon River winds its way through the town and on its waters you'll find white swans, a most unusual sight in a state where the emblem is a black swan. White swans were brought to Northam from England in the 1900s and have flourished here. Northam is also synonymous with hot-air ballooning as it is one of the few areas in Western Australia ideally suited to this pastime. Northam is home to the famous Avon Descent, a 133-kilometre whitewater race down the Avon and Swan rivers to Perth.

Visitor Information

2 Grey St; (08) 9622 2100

Nearby national parks

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

Nearby towns

  • Toodyay

    This National Trust–classified town is nestled in the Avon Valley surrounded by picturesque farming country and bushland. The name...more

  • York WA

    On the banks of the Avon River in the fertile Avon Valley, York is one of the best preserved and restored 19th-century towns in Australia....more

  • Mundaring

    Mundaring is virtually an outer suburb of Perth, being only 34 kilometres east. Nearby, the picturesque Mundaring Weir is the water source...more

In Town

Historic buildings Of the many historic buildings in Northam, 2 are particularly noteworthy: Morby Cottage (1836) on Avon Dr, the home of Northam's first settler, John Morrell, now a museum and open 10.30am–4pm Sun or by appt; and the National Trust–classified Sir James Mitchell House (1905), cnr Duke and Hawes sts, with its elaborate Italianate architecture. Take the 90-min self-guided walk for the full tour of the town. Contact visitor centre for map.

Old Railway Station Museum: displays include a steam engine and renovated carriages, plus numerous artefacts from the early 1900s; open 10am–4pm Sun or by appt; Fitzgerald St West.

Visitor centre: exhibition showcasing the area's significant postwar migrant history; Grey St.

Suspension bridge: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Australia crosses the Avon River adjacent to the visitor centre.


Mt Ommanney Lookout: excellent views of the township and agricultural areas beyond; 1.5 km W.

Hot-air ballooning: Northam Airfield; Mar–Nov; bookings essential; 2 km NE.

Meckering: small town made famous in 1968 when an earthquake left a huge fault line in its wake; 35 km E.

Cunderdin Museum: The museum housed in the No. 3 pumping station has displays on the pipeline, wheat-belt farming and the Meckering earthquake; 50 km E.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 89 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 68 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Perth Zoo 86 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 87 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Diving around Perth 99 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Vines Resort & Country Club (Lakes course) 64 km

Few courses in Australia let you walk in the footsteps of the game’s best players simply by booking a tee time and paying your green fee. The Vines, as the stage for such events as the Heineken Classic, Johnnie... Find out more

Araluen Golf Resort 78 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 81 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 83 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 88 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 88 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 93 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Avon Bridge Hotel

In Northam’s oldest pub, this restaurant serves seafood, steaks and homemade delights. Centrally located and built in 1858, the hotel has been restored to include many features of the era, such as wooden floors,... Find out more

Cafe Yasou

A taste of Greece is an unexpected find in the country town of Northam. Café Yasou serves the Mediterranean flavours of Cyprus and Greece within a vibrant setting of lime green walls adorned with Greek goddesses.... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 99 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Feral Brewing Company 63 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Mash Brewing Company 66 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 66 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 67 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Swan Brewery 86 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 92 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 95 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 99 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 99 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Homestead camping area 40 km

Homestead camping area is adjacent to a small creek in wandoo forest. To find it, head 30 km west of Toodyay and 55 km north-east of Midland via Governors Dr, off Quarry Rd.... Find out more

Valley camping area 42 km

Valley camping area is at the bottom of a valley near the Avon River. It’s reached via Forty-One Mile Rd, off Quarry Rd. Note: access to the river is restricted due to the main east–west railway line.... Find out more

Sappers camping area 42 km

Sappers camping area is 25 km west of Toodyay on Sappers Rd, off Plunket Rd. Bring drinking water and come in a 4WD. Note: this camping area may be closed in winter.... Find out more

Drummonds camping area 43 km

Drummonds camping area is set among wandoo woodlands overlooking the Avon Valley. Access in is steep, so you’ll need a 4WD tow if you’re bringing in a campervan. The campsite is to the west of... Find out more

Bald Hill camping area 43 km

Bald Hill camping area is near the top of a hill overlooking the Avon Valley to the west of Drummonds camping area, reached via  Governors Dr off Quarry Rd. A short walk onto the stony outcrops provides... Find out more

Lake Leschenaultia camping area 46 km

Lake Leschenaultia, 2 km west of Chidlow via Rosedale Rd, dates to 1897, when it was constructed as a water supply for the railways. Nowadays it is a haven for birds and wildlife, and offers visitors activities such as... Find out more

Thirty-Seven Mile Road camping area 47 km

There’s no surprise that this camping area is on Thirty-Seven Mile Rd. You’ll find it off Plunket Rd, 40 km west of Toodyay. Bring your own supply of drinking water.... Find out more

Ball Creek camping area 54 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Ball Creek camping area is 10.6 km from Hewetts Hill camping area and 8.6 km from Helena camping area.... Find out more

Helena camping area 55 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Helena campsite is 8.6 km from Ball Creek campsite and 9.5 km from Waalegh campsite.... Find out more

Patens Brook camping area (walk-in camping) 56 km

Patens Brook campsite is 3 km from the Perth Hills National Parks Centre on Patens Brook Trail, 6 km south of Mundaring via Mundaring Weir Rd and Allen Rd. Walk-in campers will find basic facilities in a beautiful bush... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Banksia Tourist Park 69 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 72 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 75 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 87 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Avon Bridge Hotel

Enjoy a stay in not only a traditional Australian outback pub, but in fact Northam’s oldest pub, built in 1858. Both the motel and hotel rooms include air-conditioning and the motel rooms have private ensuites. The... Find out more

Brackson House B&B

Brackson House was built in 1903, but the private guest wing is a recent addition and includes many of the original homestead’s wonderful features. The four rooms include plush details like luxury linens,... Find out more

Egoline Reflections

Set in beautiful grounds, Egoline Reflections is a classic homestead offering country hospitality. Built in 1850 and classified by the National Trust, B&B-style rooms and a self-contained cottage are available.... Find out more

Uralia Cottage

Established in 1902, heritage-listed Uralia Homestead is a town landmark, showcasing the wealth of a bygone era. The period style has been carried through to self-contained Uralia Cottage, which has one bedroom and... Find out more

Mystique Maison

With 14 bedrooms and six bathrooms, Mystique Maison is ideal for group retreats. Murder Mystery nights are a specialty, which isn’t hard to imagine in this heritage-style homestead. Hopefully all the guests survive... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Eadine Springs rest area 15 km

9km E of Bakers Hill (L) or 14km W of Northam (R)

Secluded picnic area among trees. Well off the highway.

Bakers Hill park area 23 km

At Bakers Hill  

Adjacent to the highway at the information bay on the west side of town.

Meckering park area 32 km

At Meckering

Adjacent to the highway. At the earthquake display site.

Forsyths Mill rest area 46 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Cunderdin park area 54 km

At Cunderdin

Adjacent to the highway and near the museum.

Bindoon Hill rest area 61 km

10km N of Bindoon (L) or 41km S of New Norcia (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

Gleneagle rest area 84 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Sullivan Rock rest area 90 km

37km SE of Armadale (R) or 95km NW of Williams (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Kellerberrin park area 99 km

At Kellerberrin

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

What's on around town

Vintage Car Swap Meet: Feb.

Avon Descent: Aug.

Northam Cup: Oct.

Motorcycle Festival: Nov.

Wheatbelt Cultural Festival: Dec.

comments powered by Disqus