By Khia Emslie-O’Brien Paddle Ambassador Luke Dooley shares his inspiration and passion towards the annual Avon Descent race. Mr Dooley entered his first race
Avon Descent your way
Celebrating the 50th Avon Descent
Join Northam's Avon Descent Association to celebrate the 50th anniversary of WA's longest mutlisport river event. Those who have played an ongoing and important role in the event will be recognised, as well as the 2023 top placegetters.
Join team mates, family and friends for an entertaining afternoon and enjoy the Avon Descent community atmosphere.
Volunteer at the Avon Descent!
Volunteers are an integral part of the annual Avon Descent and we are seeking your help this year!
The Avon Descent Act Belong Commit volunteer group is seeking personnel for a range of different roles.
Everything from swift water rescue and marshalling, to participant registrations and parking. If you are interested, please complete a registration form here!
We encourage volunteers with experience, and without, to get involved!
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 2023 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
Complete the Avon Descent as a team of 2 or 4 in a relay style across two days of excitement.
Avon Schools Challenge
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
Complete the final 15km of the race on Sunday and finish in Bayswater. Open to Junior Paddlers, Dragon Boats and Outriggers.
Avon Power Challenge
Powercraft competitors complete the first 52km of the race, finishing in Cobbler's Pool. 10HP and under
Avon Surf Challenge
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
Compete in the Day One Paddle Race, the first 52km from Northam to Cobbler Pool in West Toodyay.
Our Partners and Sponsors
Friday 11 - Sunday 13 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 from Friday 11 - Sunday 13 August.
News & Articles
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