Your guide to the 2019 Avon Descent

This year's Avon Descent is fast approaching.

Whether you are in Northam, Toodyay or closer to Perth there is no shortage of action and family friendly events over the two-day event.

Kicking off on Friday, August 2 competitors will gather in Northam to complete registrations before the Shire of Northam Avon River Festival.


Date: Friday, August 2

Time: 4.00pm - 9.00pm

Where: Minson Avenue, Northam

Celebrate the excitement of the start of the world's greatest white water event at the Avon River Festival.This years highlights include: Huge fireworks display on the Avon River, stage show featuring a variety of local talent, family fun zone, rides for all the family, sideshow alley and roving entertainment, community street parade, markets for avid shoppers and local food venues. For more information call the Northam Visitor Centre on (08) 9622 2100 or visit

The big race down the Avon starts at 8am on Satuday, August 3 before making its way to Toodyay for the end of day one and the Toodyay International Food Festival.


Date: Saturday, August 3

Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Where: Stirling Park & Duidgee Park, Toodyay

Tempt your taste buds with dozens of mouth-watering international cuisine stalls as the main stage comes to life with a range of performances inspired from around the globe. Kids of all ages have been catered for with free activities running throughout the day. For more information call (08) 9574 9380 or visit

Day two of the race begins in Toodyay down to the finish line in Bayswater.

Avon Descent Festival - CITY OF SWAN

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Where: Lilac Hill, Caversham

Prime riverside vantage point for enthusiasts of all ages to take in the excitement of the Avon Descent race. The City of Swan's Avon Descent Festival is back bigger and better than ever! Offering fun for young and old including The Vintage Collective Markets, food truck pop up, massive kids fun zone, on stage acts and much more- all at our prime riverside vantage point. For more information and announcements, head to the City of Swan Events Facebook page.

Basso's Community Gathering TOWN OF BASSENDEAN

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm

Where: Point Reserve, Bassendean

The Town of Bassendean invites families to view the Avon Descent from the banks of beautiful Point Reserve. Pack a picnic and head down from 11:00am to enjoy free activities including a free sausage sizzle and giant games. For more information, call (08) 9377 8000 or visit

Avon Descent Family Fun Day CITY OF BELMONT

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 11.30am - 2.30pm

Where: Garvey Park, Ascot

Enjoy live race commentary on the banks of the beautiful Swan River. There will be free children's activities, giveaways, discounted helicopter rides and much more! For more information call (08) 9477 7248 or visit

Avon Descent Finish Line Family Day CITY OF BAYSWATER

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Where: Riverside Gardens, Bayswater

Join support crews and spectators to welcome competitors over the Finish Line at the City of Bayswater Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day. Enjoy a sensational FREE day out with bouncy castles, children's rides, face painting and live commentary over the loud speakers. Visit for more information.