Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
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NORTHAM - Avon Descent

From August 03, 2019 00:00 until August 04, 2019 07:59 | At Northam | Categories: Annual Community Events | Hits: 2147 The Avon Descent is Western Australia’s own unique sporting event that attracts competitors and spectators from throughout Australia and increasingly, overseas. Competitors challenge the Avon and Swan Rivers in a variety of power and paddle craft. The Avon Descent is the world's longest white water event.

This exciting two-day time trial is over 124 gruelling kilometres offering competitors conditions ranging from long stretches of flat water that can test the endurance of the fittest athlete through to rapids, sure to test the skills of all who attempt to navigate their unknown contours.

 Day 1 is a 57 kilometre stretch beginning at the Town of Northam, 100 kilometres east of Perth. The course proceeds downriver through the town of Toodyay into the upper reaches of the Darling Range escarpment. The half-way point and overnight stop is the Boral Campsite located at Cobbler Pool 20 kilometres west of Toodyay.

Day 2 is 76 kilometres long and sees competitors tackle the valley containing the major white water obstacles and challenges of the event including Supershoot, Emu Falls, Championship Rapids and Bells Rapids. The rush of the valley leaves competitors with the marathon 30 kilometre, flat water stretch to Bayswater. While the victorious burst their way over the Finish Line the achievers are happy just to finish.

Sit on the banks of the Avon River or watch from the many bridges in and around Toodyay. Feel the prickle of excitement as the competitors battle vicious rapids and harrowing tree infested shallows. Catch all the action in Toodyay.

Avon Decent / International Food Festival Toodyay (Normal Saturday Service) Tel 9287 1877