Connors Mill, Ken Stepnell / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1068

This National Trust–classified town is nestled in the Avon Valley surrounded by picturesque farming country and bushland. The name originates from 'Duidgee', which means the 'place of plenty'. Founded in 1836, Toodyay was one of the first inland towns to be established in the colony. It was a favourite haunt of Western Australia's most famous bushranger, Joseph Bolitho Johns, who was more commonly known as 'Moondyne Joe'.

Visitor Information

7 Piesse St, nr Stirling Tce; (08) 9574 2435

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

  • Northam

    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...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 Some original buildings from the early settlement of Toodyay still stand, including Stirling House (1908), Connor's Mill (1870s) with displays of working flour-milling equipment, the Old Newcastle Gaol (1865) built by convict labour and where Moondyne Joe was imprisoned, and the Police Stables (1870) built by convict labour from random rubblestone. Self-guided walk available; pamphlet at visitor centre.

Duidgee Park: popular picnic spot on the banks of the river has a miniature railway and a walking track; check at visitor centre for running times; Harper Rd.

Newcastle Park: contains a unique stone monument of Charlotte Davies, the first white female to set foot on the soil of the Swan River Colony. Also has a children's playground; Stirling Tce.

Pelham Reserve and Lookout: nature walks, a lookout with views over the town and a memorial to James Drummond, the town's first resident botanist; Duke St.


Avon Valley National Park In the 1860s, bushranger Moondyne Joe hid in the forests, caves and wildflower fields of the lush Avon Valley. The park retains this landscape, offering spectacular scenery with abundant wildflowers in season. Being at the northern limit of the jarrah forests, the jarrah and marri trees mingle with wandoo woodland. This mix of trees creates diverse habitats for fauna, including a wide variety of birdlife. The Avon River, which in summer and autumn is a series of pools, swells to become impressive rapids during winter and spring. These rapids provide the backdrop for the Avon Descent, a well-known annual whitewater race held every Aug, which begins in Northam and passes through the park. The park is ideal for camping, bushwalking, canoeing and picnicking, although all roads are unsealed. Whitewater rafting tours are available. 25 km SW.

Pecan Hill Tearoom Museum: tearoom and museum set in a pecan-nut orchard with a lookout offering spectacular views over the Avon Valley; Julimar Rd; 4 km NW.

Coorinja Winery: dating from the 1870s; open for tastings and sales; closed Sun; 4 km SW.

Ringa Railway Bridge: constructed in 1888, this timber bridge has 18 spans, but is not readily accessible; details from visitor centre; 6 km SW.

Windmill Hill Cutting: the deepest railway cutting in Australia; 6 km SE.

Avonlea Park Alpaca Farm: alpacas and other farm animals, and sales of alpaca wool products; 12 km SE.

Emu Farm: one of the oldest in Australia. Birds range free in natural bushland. Also crafts and emu products for sale; 15 km SW.

Cartref Park Country Garden: 2 ha park of English-style landscaped gardens and native plants, with prolific birdlife; 16 km NW.

Oliomio Farm: olive and lavendar farm offering tastings and sales; Parkland Dr; 20 km NW.

Wyening Mission: this Benedictine farm and winery runs tours of their mission, cellars and grounds; by appt; (08) 9364 6463; 38 km N.

Toodyay Pioneer Heritage Trail: honouring the pioneering spirit in the Avon Valley, this 20 km self-drive trail retraces the route of the first settlers; contact visitor centre for map.

Avon Valley Tourist Drive: 95 km scenic drive includes Toodyay, Northam, York and Beverley; contact visitor centre for map.

Hotham Valley Steam Railway: the famous steam-train service runs special trips including a monthly 'murder-mystery' night; contact visitor centre for details.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 78 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 61 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 75 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 76 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 88 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) 50 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

Mt Lawley Golf Club 69 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 70 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

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 72 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

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 73 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

Araluen Golf Resort 75 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

Cottesloe Golf Club 81 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

Cola Cafe and Museum

The themed Cola Cafe and Museum is a 1950s-style cafe offering an all-day menu. Located in the heart of town, diners sit on the terrace while enjoying a hearty breakfast, lunch or morning or afternoon tea. The museum... Find out more

Victoria Restaurant

Situated in the historic Victoria Hotel and built in 1888, the Victoria Restaurant serves hearty meals and country hospitality. Located in the heart of town, patrons watch passers-by until they join in with the... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 89 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 49 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 53 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 53 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 54 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 78 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 82 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 85 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 88 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 89 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 20 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

Sappers camping area 22 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

Valley camping area 22 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

Drummonds camping area 23 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 24 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

Thirty-Seven Mile Road camping area 28 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

Lake Leschenaultia camping area 40 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

Walyunga camping area 42 km

Walyunga camping area offers tent-based camping only, in a natural bush environment that is popular with bushwalkers and birdwatchers. To get here, head 17 km north of Midland via Walyunga Rd from the Great Northern Hwy.... Find out more

Munda Biddi Trail campsites – Mundaring to Collie 49 km

The Munda Biddi Trail is a long distance cycling trail that will eventually stretch from Mundaring, north east of Perth, to Albany on the south coast. Currently, it winds through forests and parks along bush tracks and... Find out more

Ball Creek camping area 50 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

Caravan parks around town

Banksia Tourist Park 60 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 60 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 66 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 73 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

Woodman Point Holiday Park 92 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Guilderton Caravan Park 94 km

Located in a picturesque setting at the mouth of the Moore River, this popular beachside holiday park is on the water’s edge and has good camping and caravan sites. Amenities are basic and a small shop and cafe are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Avondale Estate

If you’re looking for a cosy country retreat in a historic building, don’t overlook Avondale Estate. This romantic home, nestled on the Avon River, includes all the charm you would expect of the era with... Find out more

Boshack Farm

Live like the squatters used to in the bush at Boshack Farm, just 90 minutes from the CBD. Surrounded by bushland, the rustic cabins are nestled by the lake under a starlit sky. Pre-order a barbecue pack or BYO food and... Find out more

Ipswich View Homestead

Set on several hectares of countryside, 1890s Ipswich View Homestead has five guest rooms, all with ensuites, and there is also a self-contained unit. B&B includes a swimming pool, tennis court and minigolf.... Find out more

Mountain Park Retreat

With uninterrupted views of rolling hills, the Mountain Park Retreat is a two-storey Queenslander-style home sleeping ten people. The five-bedroom and two-bathroom home is tastefully decorated and has several living... Find out more

Toodyay Farmstay

The elevated timber cottage here is an ideal rural retreat, situated 6 kilometres from town. The Avon River is only 200 metres away, where the Avon Descent white-water rafting competition flies past every year. The... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Eadine Springs rest area 19 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 22 km

At Bakers Hill  

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

Bindoon Hill rest area 39 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.

Forsyths Mill rest area 41 km

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

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Meckering park area 52 km

At Meckering

Adjacent to the highway. At the earthquake display site.

Cunderdin park area 74 km

At Cunderdin

Adjacent to the highway and near the museum.

Gleneagle rest area 86 km

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

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Nature Trail rest area 87 km

11km S of Regans Ford (R) or 37km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Sullivan Rock rest area 94 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Information Bay rest area 94 km

3km S of Regans Ford (R) or 45km N of Gingin (L)

Secluded behind trees just off the highway.

Regans Ford park area 96 km

At Regans Ford

Just off the highway under shady trees. Opposite the roadhouse.

What's on around town

Moondyne Festival: May.

Avon Descent: whitewater rafting; Aug.

Kombi Konnection: Sept.

Music Festival: Sept.

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