Avon Descent and Bilya (River) Festival
The Avon Descent is a two-day 124km adventure challenge from Northam to Bayswater, Western Australia
The Lotterywest Avon Descent Festivals offer a thrilling weekend of family-friendly events in Northam, Toodyay, Swan, and Bayswater.
Held annually alongside the Avon Descent, these festivals are the perfect chance for friends and family to enjoy the outdoors and experience the excitement of the event.
With free entry, rides, entertainment, mouthwatering food, and lively race commentary, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Northam Bilya Festival
The Northam Bilya Festival has once again paved the way for a remarkable celebration of community and culture.
This year’s festivities were made even more special by the commemoration of the Avon Descent’s 50th anniversary.
Visitors were treated to a stunning community street parade, showcasing the talent, creativity, and diversity of the local community.
The festival also featured a captivating winter wonderland that added to the enchanting atmosphere.
Aside from the sights and sounds, the event also offered exhilarating amusements, diverse food stalls, and live entertainment, making it an unforgettable experience for all who attended.
Our Adventures At The Festival
Northam Avon Descent Street Parade
Avon Descent Race
Experience the thrilling two-day Avon Descent course, starting in Northam, just 100km east of Perth.
Day 1 takes you through the picturesque town of Toodyay and the stunning Darling Range escarpment, with an overnight stop at Cobbler Pool.
Day 2 is packed with excitement as participants take on the challenging whitewater obstacles of Supershoot, Emu Falls, Championship Rapids, and Bells Rapids.
The final stretch is a marathon 30km of flat water to Bayswater, where the victors cross the Finish Line and achievers can proudly say they finished.
Since its humble beginnings in 1973 with only 49 competitors and no rules or officials, the Avon Descent has grown to include over 35,000 participants. From novice paddlers to world champions and Olympic athletes, this iconic event attracts individuals from all walks of life.
The Avon Descent weekend is a highly anticipated event that attracts hundreds of powercraft and paddlecraft enthusiasts from all around.
With a variety of different challenges and activities, there is something for everyone, regardless of their experience or ability.
From community festivals and cheer squads to shorter races and the main event from Northam to Bayswater, the Avon Descent is an exhilarating weekend full of adventure and excitement.
For those looking for a unique challenge, this event provides an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and challenge yourself physically and mentally.
For more information on the Avon Descent and race results – https://www.avondescent.com.au/
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Author - Jodie Lowen
Jodie Lowen is the owner of Wheatbelt Kids and a mother of two. She lives in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia and has worked in education for many years. Jodie is passionate about social media marketing and using online platforms to build community connections.