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 60 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. Visit the Newcastle Gaol Museum to discover where the legend of Moondyne Joe began as well as other colourful historic tales. Explore Connors Mill, Australia’s finest example of an 1870s steam-driven flour mill.

A scenic drive through the Avon Valley is a must at any time of year, but Spring is the best time to experience the beautiful wildflowers that are in abundance. Take a stroll through beautiful country gardens and nature reserves to reconnect with nature. Continue your journey by visiting the nearby towns of Northam and York, while taking in the breathtaking valley scenery.

Toodyay has many annual events including the Moondyne Festival, Fibre Festival, Toodyay International Food Festival and Family Fun Day (which coincides with the Avon Descent), Toodyay Picnic Races and the Toodyay Agricultural Show. Monthly farmers markets ensure there is always something happening.

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.

Visit Toodyay: A valley for all seasons