Avon Descent Family Fun Days

For some perfect family fun, check out the Family Fun Days!

During the annual Avon Descent weekend spectators get to enjoy all the action from the river bank during the Northam, Toodyay, Belmont and Bayswater family fun day events.  Enjoy race commentary, free entertainment and much more. Fun for all the family!

Northam’s Avon Descent Association is proud to work alongside the EMRC, the Shire of Northam, the Shire of Toodyay, the City of Swan, the City of Belmont, and the City of Bayswater to deliver these fantastic events.


Check in regularly for new events and details closer to the main event!


Sunday 1st August

Avon Descent Community Day – Armadale

Date: Sunday 1st August 2021

Time: 11am – 3pm

Location:  Champion Lakes Regatta Centre

In partnership with the Avon Descent, the City of Armadale is proud to present the Avon Descent Community day at the world-class Champion Lakes Regatta Centre as the first official event of the Avon Descent!

Come and try dragonboating, kayak and ski sprint races to watch, live music, activities for all ages, club stalls, food trucks and much more!

Free ticketed event. Tickets available now


Friday 12 August

Northam Bilya Festival Avon Descent Start Line

Date: Friday 12 August 2022

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location:  Bilya Koort Boodja Centre Garden, Minson Avenue, Northam


Supported by Lotterywest and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council


Join us at the Start Line of the world’s greatest white water race!  This year the Northam Bilya Festival highlights the theme of sustainability. The evening’s celebrations start with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and river blessing for a safe Avon Descent weekend. The festivities continue with the annual community street parade, the ceremonial turning on of the lights on Australia’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge spanning the Avon River, and more family fun activities!  For the full program, call the Northam Visitor Centre on (08) 9622 2100 or visit www.facebook.com/visitnortham

Saturday 13 August

Toodyay International Food Festival and Family Fun Day

Combine the thrill of the Avon Descent with delicious cuisine.

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Stirling and Duidgee Parks, Toodyay


Supported by Lotterywest and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council 


Enjoy mouth-watering food and free family entertainment at the Toodyay International Food Festival. Held on the banks of the Avon River, it’s the perfect location to watch the Avon Descent race. Highlights include food trucks, food stalls, on-stage entertainment, face painting, bouncing castles, animal far, and roving entertainment.


For more information go the Shire of Toodyay Facebook event or


Sunday 14 August

City of Swan Avon Descent Festival

Date: Sunday, 14 August 2022

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm 

Where: Lilac Hill Park, Caversham


Supported by Lotterywest and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council 


The Avon Descent Festival returns to Lilac Hill with a splash in 2022!

With a cracking onstage line up on the Brabham Estate main stage including Coby Grant, Josephine and Goggles, Fliptease Circus and big screens showing live race footage from Bells Rapids!

Plus grab some delish eats from the food truck line up and kick back in the Movida Estate chill zone, take in the Artisan and Retro Markets, a stack of free rides, amusements and more!

A prime vantage point and free family activities galore? It doesn’t get any better on Avon Descent weekend.

Check out the City of Swan Facebook page for all the juicy information and updates. 


PARKING UPDATE: Public parking relocated to Swan Active Beechboro, just around the corner on Benara Road due to rain.

Follow the instructions of our traffic management personnel upon arrival to stow your car, then jump on our added shuttle service which will take you straight to the festival!

Shuttles will also be available from the Guildford Train Station all day.

If you require accessible parking, please head to Lilac Hill as usual and our traffic managers will get you sorted (Permit holders only).

For more information and updates about the festival, head to the EVENT PAGE.

Basso’s Community Gathering – Town of Bassendean

View the Avon Descent from one of our picturesque riverside reserves.

Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: 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 www.bassendean.wa.gov.au


Avon Descent Family Fun Day – City of Belmont

Get up close to all of the action at the free family fun day and celebrate the Avon Descent.

Date: Sunday, 14 August 2022

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: 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 www.belmont.wa.gov.au

City of Bayswater Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day 2022

Nothing beats an exciting finish!

Date: Sunday, 14 August 2022

Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Riverside Gardens, Milne Street, Bayswater


Supported by Lotterywest and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council 


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 http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/events for more information.