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Avon Descent

Experience the excitement of the world's greatest white water event at the Avon Descent- a 124km race through some of Western Australia's most picturesque scenery on 5 & 6 August.

This incredible race takes paddlers and power craft drivers down the Avon River through the historic farming regions of Northam and Toodyay, the steep and spectacular gorges of the Avon Valley, Swan Valley wineries and eventually into the tidal waters of the Swan River. For more information visit

Avon Descent Family Fun Days

The Avon Descent Family Fun Days are a series of family-orientated events held annually, alongside the race and are a perfect opportunity for family and friends to get outdoors and experience the excitement of the race. Find out more about the Avon Descent and the family fun days below.

Avon River Festival

Celebrate the excitement of the start of the Avon Descent at the Shire of Northam's Avon River Festival on Friday 4 August, 4pm - 9pm at Bernard Park.

The Northam River Festival provides a chance for spectators and competitors to come together and enjoy rides, food vans, roving entertainment, concerts and more. This year's highlights include:

  • Huge fireworks display on the Avon River
  • Stage show featuring a variety of local talent
  • Family fun zone
  • Rides for all the family
  • Sideshow alley and roving entertainment
  • Game vault
  • Community street parade
  • Markets for avid shoppers
  • Local food venues and street food

For more information call the Northam Visitor Centre on +61 8 9622 2100 or visit

The Avon Descent is a spectacular 124km race over two days through some of Western Australia's most picturesque scenery.

For further race and spectator information visit
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