For such a big state, there’s so much to see and do within an hour or two of Perth. You can sample and enjoy fine wines in Margaret River or you can get a taste of the famous landscape of Western Australia by visiting the Avon Valley National Park. Once you have finished exploring Perth, take a short north east drive in your rental car and check out VroomVroomVroom’s list of top five things to do in the Avon Valley National Park.
The Avon Valley National Park showcases Australia’s heartiest tree and plant species and all those magnificent colours that are quintessentially Australian. From the wetter Jarrah forests of the south to the drier north and the lush life along the flood plains of the Avon River, the park offers a fascinating and varied ecosystem.
1. Enjoy camping with family and friends
There are plenty of campsites with barbecue facilities and pit toilets in the park. Picnic and camping spots are located at Bald Hill, Drummonds, Valley and Homestead campgrounds. Make sure to stop at the Gidgegannup Bakery & Cafe situated along Toodyay Road to enjoy some pies and a cup of coffee.
2. Go birdwatching
The park has over 90 species of birds such as rufous treecreepers, grey fantails, western yellow robins and several types of honeyeaters — making it an ideal place for birdwatching.
3. Stop and smell the wildflowers
If you want to enjoy a variety of spectacular wildflowers including numerous native orchids, the end of August through October are the perfect months to visit.
4. Try your hand at white water rafting
For the more adventurous traveller, white water rafting tours are offered along the famous Avon River. Time your visit in August to watch the thrilling Avon Descent Race.
5. Immerse yourself in nature
Feel recharged and relaxed by spending time in the park. Take a walk, feel the wind on your face, watch the clouds move or simply rekindle your connection to nature.