Day Trip to Northam Western Australia
A Day Trip to Northam is a walk into Westralian history. One of the town’s truly great attractions is the Avon River. The river is home to the unusual white swans. The Avon River in Northam is the only place in Australia where these large birds have found a natural breeding ground. At present, there are about 80 of these birds on the river.
Another attraction on the Avon is the Suspension Bridge, which crosses the river near the Fitzgerald Street Bridge. The locals proudly claim that their suspension bridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Australia.
Northam Heritage Trail
There is an excellent and very detailed Northam/Katrine Heritage Trail booklet which includes three trails:
- 2 km town walk, which includes the Post Office, Town Hall, Clearview House, St John’s Church, the Northam Club, and Shamrock Hotel;
- 4 km town drive, which includes the Flour Mill, West Northam Station Museum, St James Anglican Church, the Club Tavern, Byfield House and Mitchell House;
- 16 km drive along the banks of the river to Katrine.
Mitchell House, on the corner of Hawes and Duke streets, is another Italianate mansion. Built-in 1905 for Sir James Mitchell, who was the local member of Parliament from 1905 to 1933.
On Cemetery Road heading north out of town is Morby Cottage, built out of mud brick and hessian sacking in 1836. It is the oldest building in the area. The town council currently runs the cottage. It is open on Sundays from 10.30–4.00.
Day Trip to Northam. Heading north on the Katrine and Irishtown Roads the traveler passes the massive Buckland homestead built in 1874 and is regarded by many as the most majestic home in the state. It certainly is a marvellous example of stately Victorian architecture. It now houses valuable collections of art and antiques.
The Avon Valley is the ultimate place to watch the world awaken below you in the magical light of the sun’s waking rays as you float over Northam in a hot air balloon. Get to your launch site from the Northam Airfield to board your balloon. Traverse over the rural setting of the erect hills, lush green fields, meandering streams, farms, and forests at sunrise, taking in the serenity of it all. Return to Northam for a sumptuous champagne breakfast.
Northam Aquatic Centre
The Northam Aquatic Facility complex is located on Peel Terrace, Northam.
The facility consists of a 50 metre, 8-lane outdoor solar heated Olympic pool with ramp access, 25 metre 4 lane solar heated leisure pool with ramp access, four slides, Splash pad and children’s play area, Outdoor showers, Change rooms, showers, Unisex Accessible Change facilities, Grandstand and viewing areas, Multipurpose Room and General shaded areas and BBQ’s.