Marvel at Western Australia’s aviation history at the Aeronautical Museum and the magnificent machines of the industrial age at Avondale Discovery Farm in Beverly. One of Western Australia’s oldest settlements, this rural heritage town in the wheat-sheep belt sits on the banks of the Avon River, surrounded by tranquil rolling hills, pastures and native bushland.
Take a two hour drive east of Perth, through picturesque farmland, paddocks and forests to the country town of Beverly and be transported back in time.
Stroll down the main street and admire the variety of heritage architectural styles. Visit the Dead Finish Museum (open from March to November), which chronicles the early settler history of the town. Or stop by the Aeronautical Museum, where you’ll be welcomed by a Vampire jet.
If exploring Western Australia’s aviation history at the museum inspires your inner aviator, you can also book a glider flight from Beverley – a great way to take in the breathtaking landscape.
Alternatively, if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, head for the Station Gallery to view the art collection and meet the artist in residence. Indulge in a coffee, tuck into a hearty country meal, or enjoy a walk and picnic on the banks of the river.
Six kilometres west of town, Avondale Discovery Farm invites you to take in one of the largest collections of farm machinery in Western Australia, or drive around the farm to learn about a host of agricultural activities. It’s all free, and you might meet the resident kangaroos and emus too.
Beverly is also the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and towns, from York to Northam to Avon Valley National Park. Select from a range of accommodation, including bed and breakfasts, hotels and authentic farm stays – the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rural experience.