Things to See and Do in Northam
At the heart of the Avon Valley is a blissfully relaxing town of no more than 7,000 in population. Northam
's picturesque riverbank provides the perfect location for a picnic under the shady pine trees.
A colony of white swans call Bernard Park home and their breeding ground lies along the river. They were brought to Northam by Mayor Oscar Bernard in the early 1900s. As a protected species, the swans are cared for and watched over by local rangers. Please do not feed these feathered friends of ours as human food can be harmful to their digestive system.
Your outing isn't complete without a walk on the 117-metre pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the Avon River. This bridge is one of the longest of its kind in the country. It has been designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour! Besides crossing the bridge when windy, children can also burn off some energy in the nearby playground.
Northam has a large collection of historical buildings. Among the highlights are the town hall, churches, old railway station
and Morby Cottage. John Morrell, one of the town's first European settlers, built the cottage in 1836. This farmhouse also served as a church, school, courthouse and retail/postal outlet.
Art lovers might be interested in checking this out. In 2015, international artists Hense and Phlegm painted eight of the CBH Northam Grain Terminal
silos. Phlegm's artwork depicts whimsical characters while Hense's abstract patterns are as colourful as they could be. It is believed that these silos were the very first to be painted in Australia.
If you're visiting in spring, feel free to admire the beautiful wildflowers at Clackline Reserve and Woondowing Nature Reserve. Stunning canola fields can also be found around the region (during canola season of course). I was privileged to capture a couple of close-up photos with these crops.
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