10 & 11
August 2024
The Avon Descent is an incredible two-day, 124 km adventure river challenge from Northam to Bayswater, Western Australia.
WA's unique
river event
Competitors 'race the river' in a variety of paddle and power craft
Do the
Avon Descent
your way
Participate in the full, 2-day 124km course or choose to do a short one-day option
Do it
with your
Participate in a solo or double, or get together with some mates and complete the Avon Descent as a team relay!

Register for 2024 here

Registrations for the 2024 Avon Descent, held on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August, are now open.

A variety of ways to get involved

Full two-day course

Completing the full, two-day 124-kilometre course is the goal for most Avon Descent competitors. Spending Day 1 on the waters between Northam and Toodyay, then enjoying the rare and incredible sights and challenges of the Avon Valley on Day 2 – the two-day event is an opportunity not-to-be-missed.

Short one-day options

There are two shorter course options for those wanting to participate in the Avon Descent, but not wanting to complete the 124km course. 

  • Day 1, Northam to Toodyay (50km)
  • Day 2 Bond to Bayswater Belter (13km flatwater only)

Team relays 

If you don’t want to do the Avon Descent on your own, consider getting a team of mates together and completing the course as a relay! There are opportunities for teams of 2 and teams of 4 available.


First time? 

We welcome novice entrants to the Avon Descent, and what an experience to tell your mates about! Paddlers are required to undergo competency training – find out more via PaddleWA. For power entrants – we encourage you to contact the Power Dinghy Racing Club or Mini Jet WA for requirements.

WA’s greatest river race is back in 2021 from the 13-15 August. The powerboats, the paddlers, the festivals and all the excitement of the river.

Sign up now as paddler or powerboater or Contact Us to learn more about being a part of the 48th Avon Descent!

Thank you to our partners & sponsors

Avon Descent Support Unit

A dedicated team of volunteers specifically focused on the safety of everyone involved in the Avon Descent. Water, Land, Recovery and Communication roles available.

Paddle Relay Team of 2 or 4

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August
Complete the Avon Descent as a team of 2 or 4 in a relay style across two days of excitement.

Avon Schools Challenge

Saturday 1st August
Compete in the first 30km from Northam to Toodyay as part of a school team to win prizes and raise money for your school.

SunSmart Avon Challenge

Sunday 2nd August
Complete the final 15km of the race on Sunday and finish in Bayswater. Open to Junior Paddlers, Dragon Boats and Outriggers.

Avon Power Challenge

Saturday 1st August
Powercraft competitors complete the first 52km of the race, finishing in Cobbler's Pool. 10HP and under

Avon Surf Challenge

Sunday 2nd August
Enter as a 5 person surf boat and complete a 12km circuit race starting and finishing in Bayswater at the finish line.

Avon One Day Paddle Challenge

Saturday 1st August
Compete in the Day One Paddle Race, the first 52km from Northam to Cobbler Pool in West Toodyay.

Our Partners and Sponsors

Friday 9 - Sunday 11 August

The Avon Descent weekend provides entertainment both on the river, and on the riverbank! Communities in Northam, Toodyay, Swan, Belmont and Bayswater welcome all spectators to catch the thrills and spills at family festival events this year.

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