About Toodyay

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Tranquility, hospitality and amazing valley views make Toodyay the ideal place to stop over, catch your breath, rest a while and establish a base from which to explore the area's wealth of attractions.

Toodyay is situated inland in the picturesque Avon Valley region, only 80km North/East of Perth.

Flowing through Toodyay is the beautiful Avon River on which the world's longest white-water race, the Avon Descent, is held each year. The Toodyay International Food Festival and Family Fun Day is held in conjunction with the Avon Descent on the Saturday at Stirling Park, Toodyay. Residents and visitors can enjoy a peaceful picnic at Duidgee Park where there are barbeque facilities, children's playgrounds, public toilets and a miniature railway.

Toodyay enjoys a rustic charm with a unique valley backdrop with the Avon River flowing through the centre of town. The town's architecture reflects it's colonial and convict past, also offers residents and visitors an array of charming galleries, boutique shops, varied accommodation, wineries, eateries, family entertainment and events. The towns sporting facilities include bowling greens, tennis courts, skate park, as well as cricket, football, soccer and hockey fields.

Stay a while in Toodyay and soak up the country atmosphere at one of our Bed & Breakfasts, Homesteads, Retreats, Caravan Parks or Hotel accommodation. Also located within the Shire are the Avon Valley National Park and numerous reserves that become a blaze of colour with magnificent displays of wildflowers during the wildflower season (Aug-Nov).

This beautiful valley with it's rich soils saw the settlement of Toodyay develop, in turn becoming an important agricultural district. The original settlement was established in the late 1830's on the Avon River some five kilometres west of the present town. Toodyay was founded in 1836 and declared an historic town by the National Trust in 1980. After regular flooding at the original town site, it was decided to move to the present town site in 1860. This area was named "Newcastle" after Lord Lincoln, Duke of Newcastle. In 1910 "Newcastle" was renamed "Toodyay" and the original town site changed to "West Toodyay".

The Toodyay Visitor Centre is the ideal source for obtaining information about places of interest.

Avon Tourism is a great website to discover the surrounding towns and extend your trip. Alternatively, download the Avon Valley Holiday Planner(PDF, 8MB) here.