Suburban sprawl recedes and the snarl of traffic softens; the tree line thickens and the road widens as you enter lush farmland. Welcome to the Avon Valley, a region of modest, rural charm that’s earned a reputation for its fresh home-grown produce, and slowing down the pace of life for those used to the mania of the city.
The iconic Avon River snakes through each of these townships, uniting the region with its inviting grassy banks, surrounding bush tracks, abundant birdlife and popular white-water rafting routes. Rafting is far from the only thrill-seeking activity available in the otherwise tranquil region, however. Adventure sports like motor cross, skydiving and paragliding are popular for those looking for a thrill, while hot-air ballooning is available for a more serene adventure.
The warm hospitality of the residents is a distinct feature of the Avon Valley, especially if you head beyond the markets and farmlands into the delightful close-knit communities.
There, you will discover that local pride and attentiveness extends beyond the tending of their produce, directly into the beautiful heritage towns they call home.
Caravan parks are scattered across the region. Numerous farm stays offer the best of country living, from fruit picking to the rooster crowing at sunrise. For a romantic weekend, pick one of the contained cottages or B&Bs for a quaint, quiet getaway. Immerse yourself in the prevalent heritage of the region, and stay at a colonial homestead or a restored hotel. Many of these accommodation options may also offer access to hiking trails and encounters with local wildlife.
Drive up the Great Eastern Highway, 100km northeast of Perth to Northam. To get to York, turn off from Great Eastern onto Great Southern Highway. Follow Great Southern past York, and head south to reach Beverley.
- 08 9574 1276
Set in the tranquil surroundings of the beautiful Avonbrook Winery, these well appointed studio rooms are perfect for a peaceful getaway.
- Price Range:$100-$200
Choose from our beautifully appointed studio rooms.
Tariffs are $179 per night all year round.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine
OR Tawny Port
- (08) 9574 4086
You deserve to relax and unwind in luxury at Black Wattle Retreat. Choose from a spa suite or a cabin with spa, either way you will be indulged! Meals and massage available.
- Rating:4.5 star
- Type:4 - 5 Stars,Bed & Breakfast,Chalets
- Capacity:22,21 - 50
- Facilities:Conference Facilities,Room Spa
Located in the heart of Western Australia's Avon Valley, Black Wattle Retreat provides 89 acres of bush indulgence.
Choose from the luxury of our French Provincial Suite or Grand Master Suite, the seclusion of the Courtyard or the idyllic surrounds of the Log Cabin.
A valley for all seasons, the retreat is fully air-conditioned in summer and centrally heated in winter.
Relax on the verandah, read a book, chat or get in touch with your partner. Lie in the spa, sip champagne and look out over the beautiful Avon Valley vista.
Fully Featured for Your Relaxation
Indoor Picture View the luxury that awaits you...
Each room comes complete with TV, DVD, Stereo, Fridge, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Tea and Coffee making facilities and a selection of the latest magazines.
The Retreat also houses a cosy sitting room with over 100 movies for your viewing pleasure.
Each reservation includes a sumptuous four course breakfast. Dinner can be provided upon request ranging from light and tasty platters to the full four course indulgence. Eat in the stylish dining room or on the verandah by candlelight.
Further indulgences include Massage, Reiki and other holistic services available upon request.
- 9750 5444
Escape the city to the picturesque Avon Valley. Immerse in the history and indulge in the luxuries of Deepdale Farm.
- Capacity:18,11 - 20
- Type:Holiday House,4 - 5 Stars
- Facilities:Gym,Pool,Tennis Courts,4 - 5 Stars
- Price Range:$600+
Deepdale Farm is truly one-of-a-kind, a destination in its own right, the perfect location for intimate celebrations, family gatherings and corporate retreats.
This unique country estate has it all in spades. A heritage homestead with a modern renovation, a guest house, entertainment barn, pool, tennis court and gym, set within a vast working farm in the rolling hills of the Avon Valley.
The 1850's homestead is overflowing with outstanding features and historical significance, and has been seamlessly fused with an award-winning architecturally designed extension. The interiors celebrate the past with jarrah floorboards, a clawfoot bath and period fireplaces, and embrace the future with state-of-the-art appliances and technology.
Furnishings and décor are of the highest quality throughout. The stunning master bedroom features Federation pressed tin ceilings, French chandelier and ornate mantle piece, and it's ensuite has an Italian marble shower.
The homestead has another three bedrooms, a gorgeous bunk room and two bedrooms downstairs with French doors through to the gardens.
An endless number of living spaces accommodate all guests. Enjoy drinks or a relaxed meal on the sweeping verandah and sun deck, or dine in the spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area. Stylish formal living room with wood fireplace, contemporary sun room or additional lounge/TV room downstairs provide endless options to recline and relax. Foodies will savour the spacious, designer kitchen with a Lacanche oven.
The Guest House
Striking Toodyay stone flawlessly connects the homestead to the adjacent guest house, with four beautifully appointed bedrooms and three bathrooms. A sun deck at the front of the guest house provides another space for rest and relaxation with stunning views across the landscaped gardens and lawns to the rolling hills in the distance.
The converted barn has been styled for entertaining, just a short walk along an illuminated pathway from the homestead. Character abounds in this restored shearing shed with a bar & spacious seating area that opens onto the manicured lawns; an adjacent games room with pool table and table tennis; a 12-seater dining table and comfortable lounge area; as well as further seating on the verandah. Well equipped with a commercial grade catering kitchen + pizza oven that will delight any chef, this is the perfect location for intimate celebrations, family gatherings or corporate workshops.
Guests are spoilt for choice at Deepdale Farm, they can indulge in a myriad of activities, or simply relax and do nothing. The resort-style pool boasts gorgeous views across the valley and features a BBQ alfresco area. The floodlit tennis court is equally impressive, as is the fully appointed gymnasium. Art lovers can explore the 2.5 hectares of garden with magnificent (some life-size) sculptures and learn about the property’s historical significance in Deepdale’s very own museum.
Children can run free across the expansive landscaped lawns and enjoy family walks along the various trails, some of which run down to the Avon River. Guests can also wander through the olive grove of over 300 trees and the restored, historic ‘Wonga’ woolshed.
Working Cattle Farm
Heritage runs deep at this 1500-hectare property, as one of the first farms established in the district, and it’s been in continuous use since the 1830’s, when it was associated with Governor Stirling and Lionel Lukin. These undulating hills have cropping and sheep capacity, as well as an Angus Beef breeding enterprise. Guests can see these animals and alpacas grazing in the paddocks.
Out & About
Deepdale Farm is located just 10kms, 5 minutes’ drive, from Toodyay. This historic town is full of rustic charm with a unique valley backdrop and the Avon River flowing through the centre.
Toodyay’s architecture reflects it’s colonial and convict past, and provides visitors with all the necessities for time away from the city – authentic country pubs, artisan bakery, art galleries, boutique shops and cafés. Monthly farmers markets sell locally grown produce.
The many nearby nature reserves become a blaze of colour with magnificent displays during the wildflower season (August-November), or for those looking for a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Avon Valley – Hot Air Ballooning and Sky-Diving are available, in Northam and York.
This outstanding property provides the opportunity for a completely unique holiday experience!
Deepdale Farm is an amazing lifestyle arena, where guests can entertain family, friends and colleagues or simply indulge in a quintessential Australian farm experience in total luxury.
- (08) 9573 3777
El Caballo Resort offers the perfect overnight stay or weekend getaway.
Nestled in the Perth Hills, only 30 minutes from the Airports, El Caballo is a great escape from the CBD, perfect for your next function. Within the resort you’ll find everything you need including restaurant & cocktail bar, pool, spa, gym, sauna and Monthly entertainment shows.
Call us for more details.
- 0490 719 320
Escape into the peacefulness of Northam with a scenic view.
- Price:From $170
- Facilities:Family Friendly,Pool
- Price Range:$100-$200,$200-$300
Just a mere five minutes drive from Northam Town Centre and the Northam Country Club, the picturesque views makes the stay here unbeatable.
Free-parking and 24-hour check in available, the accommodation offers self-contained apartments and private rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and fully equppied with a flat screen TV and private bathrooms that include a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.
Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided.
This place is also perfect for families, with BBQ facilities and a game group available to all guests.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Perth and unwind at this peaceful accommodation.
- 08 9641 1366
A byword for country hospitality since 1840, Faversham House is unique and special. Wonderful elegant rooms, superb breakfast and just an hour from Perth city.
- Rating:3.5 star
- Type:Bed & Breakfast
- Capacity:51 - 100,26
- Facilities:Conference Facilities,Adults Only,Functions
- Price Range:$100-$200,$200-$300
Just over an hour's drive from Perth, enjoy the style and elegance of Faversham House, the most recognised historic guest manor in Western Australia.
This retreat is for adults only, and is perfect for a base to enjoy and explore York and further around the Avon Valley, or just spending a fabulous couple of days unwinding from the city life stress.
Decorated in fine style with antiques and sumptuous furnishings with an eclectic library with board games, tasty snacks available to order and enjoy with a glass of your favourite tipple on the first floor verandah with great views through our vineyard to Mount Brown and beyond.
Wonderful comfortable kingsize beds, yummy continental or full cooked breakfast with home made bread and preserves, just great to set you up for the day.
A choice of eateries, all within easy walking distance make your stay complete.
For history buffs, lovely heritage walks and buildings to photograph and explore; shopping in Avon Terrace or the York Mill Gallery, York Motor Museum, Residency Museum. For foodies, a great choice of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets. To round off your stay, open air swimming pool, bowls, croquet, golf and tennis clubs welcome visitors.
For the more adventurous, hot air ballooning, sky dive and gliding are all on offer close by.
Just an hour from Perth metro, unwind on the lovely drive, and we will have the wine chilled for your arrival.
- (08) 9641 1065
We invite you to come and visit us on our beautiful historic property situated in York, surrounded by gently rolling countryside, rambling gardens and a peace and tranquility that will calm the soul.
- Type:Bed & Breakfast,Chalets
- Capacity:35,11 - 20
- Facilities:Family Friendly,Pets Allowed,Room Spa,Wheelchair Access
Situated in the heart of the Avon Valley, Western Australia’s first inland town Hillside is the perfect holiday getaway with the option of self-contained cottages or bed and breakfast accommodation. Hillside was built in 1911 as part of an estate of the pioneering Edwards family who lived there for many years becoming finely woven into the fabric of York society in WA. This grand old home nestled among pepper trees and beautiful gardens reflects the famous architecture of Sir Talbot Hobbs and has hosted visiting royalty and other dignitaries. Today, Hillside’s charm lies in experiencing the beauty of an age old property carefully maintained and lavished with attention, a place steeped in history and of a bygone era. The rolling countryside and sweep of surrounding farmland provides a vista of uninterrupted views, letting the eyes wander and the mind relax in the peace and tranquility of its setting.
We welcome group bookings for seasonal celebrations or celebrations of “special” birthdays and anniversaries. The venue only caters to a particular group at any one time thereby maintaining the privacy of our guests.
Do come and visit York to enjoy these annual events: the Photographic Awards, the Antique Fair (at Easter), the Healing Fayre, the Art and Craft Awards and the York Agricultural Show to name a few. Our local attractions include many historic buildings and activities such as skydiving in York, hot air ballooning in Northam and gliding in Beverley. Vintage car enthusiasts could while away their time at the York Motor Museum and lovers of history would enjoy a visit to the Residency Museum.
BED AND BREAKFAST SUITES
Your privacy is assured at Hillside where we offer quality bed and breakfast accommodation in a tranquil, relaxing setting within easy walking distance to York’s attractions, restaurants and cafes. We have five queen-size suites, two of which have a spa bath.
Built of rammed earth and completely separate from the homestead, each room is large and spacious with a private entrance and an undercover parking bay. Our rooms are individually decorated with heritage furnishings and period memorabilia and have high ceilings and pleasing garden views. Each suite has private bathroom facilities, a separate sitting area with entertainment in the form of a television, DVDs, radio and CD players.
For your convenience, tea, coffee and fresh milk are supplied along with a bar fridge. Reversecycle airconditioners, ceiling fans and wood stoves add to your seasonal comfort.
We offer a delicious gourmet cooked breakfast or a continental option in our charming Tea House which is situated in the gardens, a short distance from the bed and breakfast rooms.
THE COTTAGES AT HILLSIDE
At the end of a very long driveway, bordered by weathered farm machinery, are the cottages. Tucked away on this unique property, our three cottages have been carefully positioned for maximum privacy but boast panoramic views of glorious farmland. Beautifully furnished and individually decorated to afford guests a comfortable stay, they are the perfect answer for anyone seeking a brief escape from a busy life in the city.
The cottages are generously proportioned, light and airy, with 3 -4 bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a wood fire, air conditioning and laundry facilities. We supply quality bedding and linen and the comfort of our beds is legendary!
Enjoy breakfast and birdsong or a sundowner and barbecue on your spacious, private verandah and feel the tranquility of this venue seep into your soul.
- (08) 9446 2271
Self Contained heritage listed cottage which will accommodate 6, just one hour from Perth.
- Capacity:under 11
The cottage is set back from the road on 7.5 acres of natural bush – offering peace and seclusion – yet is only 9km from the Toodyay townsite. So there are lots of things to see and do in the area that will keep the family entertained. You’ll enjoy –
- the cosy, warm open fire in the large living room
- drinking our pure clean spring water which comes directly from a natural spring on the property – it’s amazing,
- sitting around the outdoor fire pit at night in summer or winter, and
- a favourite of many of our guests, the cast iron claw foot bath on the verandah – soak while the sun is setting.
Hoddywell Cottage sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms – two queen size beds and two single beds.
A historic boutique homestead bed and breakfast property in stunning York. Lovely gardens, comfortable accommodation, nature, animals all at the, base of Mount Bakewell.
- Price:From $165
- Rating:4.5 star
- Facilities:Adults Only,Wheelchair Access,4 - 5 Stars,Pets Allowed
- Type:4 - 5 Stars,Bed & Breakfast,Farm Stay
- Capacity:6,under 11
- Price Range:$100-$200
- Wheelchair Access:yes
- Star Rating:4 - 5
Hope Farm is an elegant guesthouse located in York, 97kms East of Perth. Living a fairy-tale country lifestyle, the histroic homestead was buily in 1880 by Dr Hope, WA's first Chief Medical Officer.
Providing a mix of country charm and modern daye luxury, each of the three guest rooms have ensuite bathrooms, and are independent of the main house.
In addition to the guest rooms, Hope Farm offers a charming guest lounge with large open fire. OIutise there is a pation area, extensive gardens and vineyuard for guests to explore.
Visit Hope Fartm Guesthouse for the friendly personal service, free farmhouse breakfast, the stunning location and peaceful environment. The views of Mount Bakewell and the adjoining land are magnificent.
- 08 9641 1255
The Imperial Hotel offers everything you would expect from a hotel in a capital city anywhere in the world, but is in the heart of the country WA.
- Rating:4 star
- Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Adults Only,Bar,Conference Facilities,Functions,Pets Allowed,Restaurant
- Price Range:$100-$200,$200-$300,$300 - $600
- Type:4 - 5 Stars
The Imperial Bar & Grill operates from this nationally listed heritage building, and offers contemporary accommodation in a magnificent setting.
The Imperial Garden suites are to die for.
You can book direct from the Imperial website at www.imperialhotelyork.com.au
The Imperial Bar & Grill boast the services of Alain Ducasse trained Chef, Christitan Kauffmann, Christian hails from Menton a small town in the South of France close to Monaco, Christian has spent time in France, Malta and the UK. Christian has worked in many of the best restaurants around the world including the famous Hotel de Paris in Monaco.
His food is subtle unique and interesting, Christian has his own style, and fuses many the influences gained during his formative years.
The Imperial has both Bar and A la carte menu’s with meals to suit all budgets
The Imperial boast it’s own brewery beer, with 8 Brews including Original York Ale, Old Peculier Porter,Wheatbelt Whacker, Mongers Mango, Outback Lager, Ranga Ginger Beer. The Imperial has 3 bars, each offering a unique atmosphere. The Imperial Bars are not slavish to fashion, it makes it’s own statement.
The Imperial wine list is varied and interesting, with local, interstate and international wines, we carefully select the best quality wines in all prices, you will always find something to please.
The Imperial is fully experienced in all function styles, from cocktail to formal degustation menus, we can tailor any function to suit your budget. Be it Wedding, Birthday, Corporate event, large or small..
The Imp hosts many special events throughout the year, this year The Last Dinner on the Titanic is a regular event, starting on the 16th of April 2011, this year see's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the Imperial will once again host the "Last Dinner on the Titanic". A recreation of the last meals served on the Titanic in it’s final hours. Three classes of tickets are available, Captains Table, First Class and Steerage, period formal dress for 1st Class and Captains table, with “Old Fashioned” dress for steerage. The evening is a piece of theatre as well with suprises throughout the evening.
Check out the website for all up and coming events
Contact details T: 08 9641 1255
Wednesday to Sunday 11-3pm & 6pm to 11pm
- 9574 4038
A beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation with magnificent valley views. Built in the 1890s and set on six acres. We have five beautiful guest bedrooms, some with baths and private verandahs, with en-suites.
- Capacity:21 - 50
- Facilities:Pool,Restaurant,Tennis Courts
- Wheelchair Access:No
- Type:Bed & Breakfast,4 - 5 Stars
- Price Range:$100-$200
Welcome to the charming accommodation of Ipswich View Homestead (circa 1860) just minutes away from historic Toodyay townsite. Set on nearly 7 acres, this popular Bed and Breakfast accommodation offers tranquility, warm hospitality and a homely atmosphere. The outlook is spectacular and upon arrival the first comment our guests make is "Wow, just look at that view!".
Our Homestead offers five beautifully appointed rooms, all with their own ensuite accommodation - the ideal getaway for a romantic weekend, quality time with the family, or just winding down in a rural setting.
Facilties also include a swimming pool, tennis court, outdoor sitting areas, barbecue, air conditioned rooms, a crackling fire on those cold winter evenings and a real home made country breakfast.
Hosts Alan and Bonnie invite you to come and join us and experience it all. We guarantee you will join us as guests and leave as friends
Julimar Cottage Bed and Breakfast in located near the historic town of Toodyay. Nestled in beautiful gardens, you are likely to spot some local fauna.
- Price Range:$100-$200
There are two guest rooms with a newly renovated bathroom and a private lounge room for the guests to enjoy television, books, magazines and games.
The two guest rooms to choose from are the Colonial Room which is light and airy with a queen size bed and the Mariner's Room with a nautical theme including model ships and beautiful art works.
An ideal place to relax and unwind or to start your Toodyay adventure. Come and enjoy a relaxing weekend or a mid-week break with your hosts, John and Melanie.
- (08) 9641 2889
“Laurelville” is one of the first houses built in York. It was built in 1896 and is a beautiful historic mansion – an icon of York and situated on Mt. Brown.
- Type:4 - 5 Stars,Bed & Breakfast
- Capacity:21 - 50
- Facilities:Conference Facilities
- 08 95729393
Beautifully appointed homestead surrounded by bush, birds and tranquility. 25 Minutes east of Midland, and 30 Minutes before Toodyay, along scenic Toodyay Road. Swimming Pool and huge deck area to relax and unwind. Bush walking trails nearby. 40 Mins from the airport. You can use Talleringa as your stepping stone to explore the Avon Valley.
- Type:Bed & Breakfast,1 - 3 Stars
- Wheelchair Access:No
- Capacity:under 11
Talleringa Bed and Breakfast is nestled on ten acres of natural bush in the locality of Morangup in the Perth Hills, Western Australia. Travelling east from Perth along Toodyay Road, we are located 18km east of Gidgegannup and only a short distance from the historic towns of Toodyay, Northam and York.
We have two large bedrooms, each with it's own ensuite, ideal for a tranquil country get-away, in our beautiful two-storey home. Enjoy privacy and relaxation on large verandahs and in family rooms.
As we are conscious of our environment, we have planted many varieties of native plants to encourage the different species of birdlife, which are prevalent to this area.
Why not get a group together for a weekend away? Bird watching, bush walking, archery, horse riding or a visit to local vineyards and restaurants provide just a few of the activities available in the area.
Talleringa can accommodate groups of up to six persons at any one time, with two queen size beds and one king size bed. One room has two king single beds making it possible to accommodate a family of four.
- (08) 9641 2880
5 star luxury guest rooms, with ensuites. Classic guest dining and lounge rooms. All only 5 minutes stroll from the historic main street.
- Type:Bed & Breakfast,4 - 5 Stars
- Capacity:21 - 50
- Facilities:Room Spa
Beautiful rural setting for an adult getaway, take time out to relax in the spa room. Delicious country breakfast included Special packages available.