Located in the heart of the pretty Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions, including hot air ballooning, cultural experiences, wildflowers, tours & trails, historic buildings, horse racing, white swans, and much, much more. The Avon River flows through the town and has an abundance of bird life, including the unique white swan. Spanning the river next to the Visitor Centre is the pedestrian suspension bridge, which is the longest of its kind in Australia.
Northam is home to a multitude of historical, cultural, and modern attractions, ranging from the second-largest collection of historically significant buildings in WA to exciting new public art pieces. Alongside a vibrant calendar of regular events, Northam often also hosts larger-scale external events such as a variety of national and world ballooning championships, the start of the annual Avon Descent, and many more.
Activities around town exist for all visitors, ranging from nature trails to adventure activities, and drive trails highlighting our beautiful large-scale public artworks, and many historical assets. Reserves provide you with the chance to view the region’s unique flora and fauna, with spring being the best time to view wildflowers- don’t miss the opportunity to take in the beautiful vistas from the Mt Ommanney Lookout, situated just outside the Northam townsite.
Northam Visitor Centre
The Northam Visitor Centre is located at 2 Grey Street in Northam on the banks of the Avon River.
The friendly staff at the Visitor Centre will be able to offer advice on places to see, stay, and eat while you are in the area, as well as information on heritage sites and the places of interest that you may enjoy during your stay.
The Northam Visitor Centre includes free Wi-fi, an interpretive space featuring the “Sense of Place” Migrant Exhibition, a history of ballooning, and environmental displays. Visit the Centre for advice on places to see, stay and eat while you are in the area, information on activities, a wide range of local produce and artwork, and a great selection of souvenirs and gifts.
Northam is home to two museums: the Northam Heritage Centre (Old Northam Railway Station) and Morby Cottage. Both of these sites offer an exciting insight into Northam’s rich and varied history.
By car, Northam is a leisurely 90-minute drive from Perth along the Great Eastern Highway, travelling through the forest and rolling farmland. Airport transfers, taxi services and car hire are available in Northam. You can get here via the Avonlink, Merredinlink, or Prospector train services, giving you the opportunity to relax and take in the beautiful scenery along the way. With free Wi-Fi on board, this is the perfect way to round off your trip to Northam. Tickets are available online, at train stations, or at the Northam Visitor Centre.
For more information on activities and attractions, or for suggested itineraries, contact the Northam Visitor Centre, or search Visit Northam on Facebook & Instagram.