Boasting some of Western Australia's finest examples of 19th century heritage, Toodyay and the Avon Valley will take you on a journey back in time, through some of Perth's most picturesque countryside.
It's just a 90 minute drive or train ride east of Perth to reach Toodyay, making it a perfect day or weekend escape to immerse yourself in natural beauty and cultural heritage.
The town's architecture is reminiscent of its early convict era, with attractions such as the Old Newcastle Gaol Museum and Connors Mill - Australia's finest example of a 1870s steam-driven flour mill - each showcasing a colourful past.
A scenic drive through the Chittering and Avon valleys is a must at any time of year, but if your visit coincides with the first weekend in August, you'll get to witness one of Western Australia's most unique sporting events - the Avon Descent. Thrill seekers from across the nation and the world make their way to the Avon Valley to compete in this gruelling two day time trial.
Continue your journey by visiting the nearby towns of Northam and York, while taking in the breathtaking valley scenery. Tour the region's wineries. Try your hand at archery, canoeing and fishing. Enjoy a lazy riverside picnic or barbeque in Duidgee Park. Or take a stroll through beautiful country gardens, lavender fields, olive groves and the carpets of wildflowers that light up the Avon Valley National Park in spring.
Art lovers seeking an original piece should head for Toodyay's sculpture, pottery and art studios, which offer individually crafted works. Or, if your appetite craves a quick snack or hearty meal, make a beeline for the historic hotels, tearooms and alfresco cafes along Stirling Terrace.
For your overnight stay, charming bed and breakfasts and luxury accommodation make for a romantic getaway, while caravan parks and camping grounds offer the ideal opportunity to sleep under a canopy of stars.