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Location / Nearby Avon Valley National Park

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bluebay06
⏳ 12-2021
4.3

An interesting natural area

Though there is no vehicle access to the river from the national park and for a complete visit of the Avon River, before entering the national park we travelled the River Rd which from Toodyay goes next to the farms along the Avon River. When you reach Cobbler Pool Rd, the road runs very close to the river and its bank and here it is possible to drive to the water’s edge. In fact, the railway that runs along the river here can be overcome by car to reach Cobbler Pool and after this point the road is between the river and the railway. Cobblers Pool is located not far from the park, has a very large car parking and is known because it is the overnight camp for the Avon Descent white water race normally held in August. About 2 km further on, the road is unsealed and the transit is interrupted by a barrier with signs indicating the prohibition of unauthorized entry and the presence of surveillance cameras. Not being allowed to enter the national park following the River Avon we returned to Toodyay Rd and then we took Morangup Rd. The Avon Valley National Park entry station is 100m after the start of Quarry Rd. Quarry Rd is unsealed but suitable for any type of vehicle. When we reached Valley campground we found that the road stopped before reaching the river. Back for about 2km we took the only other possible direction: Bald Hill. The road, which ends at Bald Hill, passes by Homestead and Drummonds campground. From this campground at the top of the hill a path of about 200 m starts leading to the top of a large granite area from which you have an excellent view of the valley and river below. Here, as on the edge of the road from Homestead to Bald Hill, the main spectacle is the flowers. Flowers of many different species and all very beautiful even if difficult to photograph due to the wind that even if light in this area is always present. We were a little disappointed with the wildlife instead as we only got to see one kangaroo. For this purpose, the decision to have visited the Cobbler Pool Rd was very useful, because there we could see birds of different species as white faced heron, Australian wood duck, Australian ringneck parrot, laughing kookaburra, common bronzewing and tree martin. Avon Valley National Park is a very interesting natural area.
Captainkirky
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Camping in Gods country!

A friend and I decided to take our kids camping for Father’s Day weekend and Avon National Park near Toodyay was chosen. We planned to do some ’bush bashing’ in my truck and find a nice bush camp to stay the Saturday night. We got far more than we bargained for!
We drove up to Toodyay to pick up our friends family. The road from Perth is picturesque and we were blessed by a beautiful spring weekend with plenty of sun. The drive up Toodyay road alone is worth it.
The plan was to drive over to Moondyne for some 4WD tracks for an hour or two before stagging it to the campsite - either bald hill or homestead. The 4WD tracks started out simple enough, running alongside properties before we crested a hill and found ourselves looking down into Avon Valley. It was beautiful. We then slowly made our way down the valley on some very interesting tracks - it was fair to say we were not sure we could have faith in the truck to get us back out if we had to do a u turn (or chuck a u-ey) as the locals say! We forded a creek and climbed up the other side into the National Park and thought we could do a long loop to the campsite. We saw kangaroo’s, a wallaby, Emu as well as beautiful wild flowers everywhere. However, every turn eventually was blocked either by a locked gate or flooded tracks! That aside, we
Night was falling, we’d driven some 200km off-road yomping around the National park & we couldn’t reach the campsites! So we decided to find somewhere in the Park and ended up in a beautiful spot on the side of the valley overlooking the train line between kalgoorlie and Perth. The sun was setting behind the hills as we set up camp, we cooked kebabs over a small fire in the brazier we’d brought and had a relaxed evening looking at the stars. I have to say I’ve never seen such beauty in the night sky as in Oz - you can even see the Milky Way with the naked eye. Light pollution takes away so much. Anyone coming to Perth MUST go camping and see the countryside.
Julie W
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

We saw an emu!

A definite must for your next weekend drive. Tons of bush, lovely views and a heap of wildlife including emus! In winter there a lots of winter creeks running and campsites to explore. Pack a thermos and have a great relaxing day.
Demintha S
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

bush bush and bush

driving is awesome... with family car... bush walk trails or bike trails may be available.... check for web..
plspoon
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Best in winter or spring

This national park is located off Toodyay road well past Gidgegannup and not to be confused with Mundaring Weir as per the previous review.
There is at least 11kms of gravel road before you get to anywhere to stop in the park. There are few facilities and it would be great for camping in the peace and quiet. There aren’t any obvious marked walking trails (well, if there are, they are well hidden!) but you can walk along some narrow walking tracks. There weren’t many wildflowers out when we visited in early June but give it another month and some more rain and it will be better. Best by the end of August into September and October.
There are spectacular views from the track near the top of the hill and views across the valley of granite Rock outcrops.
We saw Splendid wrens, one of the males in full blue plumage and also a scarlet robin and various other bush birds.

Stop at the Gidgegannup bakery on your way out there for coffee and supplies!

Be sure to visit the national parks website before you visit so you understand what is there.
dalger1430
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Refuge From The City

This National Park is just about 1 hour away from the City of Perth. A small camping fee is charged by the Rangers. There is some travel required on gravel roads but it can be done in an ordinary (non 4WD) vehicle. Caution is required though following heavy rains. Whilst there is no power provided in the park there are limited water supplies. Neverless, it would be wise to be self sufficient in case none is available. There are a number of limited parking areas with barbeques, tables & long drop toilets. The big attraction there is the silence & natural beauty of the bush. In spring the wildflowers are abundant.

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