Welcome to the Avon Descent!
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018
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The two day course starts with a 52 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 overnight stop is the Boral Campsite located at Cobbler Pool 20 kilometres west of Toodyay.
Day 2 is 72 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.
The Avon Descent was first held in 1973 with just 49 competitors, no rules, no officials, no checkpoints and very few spectators. In the years since, over 35,000 people have competed in the Avon Descent, from novices and families, to World Champions and Olympic competitors.
WA’s second longest running sporting event
The main Northam Pool on the Avon River (start point for the Avon Descent) is the only permanent stretch of natural inland water along the entire Great Eastern Highway between Perth and Adelaide.
The Avon Descent passes through some of Western Australia’s most picturesque country. You will travel through the farming regions of historic Northam and Toodyay, forested national parks, steep gorges, the Swan Valley vineyard region and, eventually, into the tidal waters of the upper Swan River.
The Avon Descent offers 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.
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Paddling Clubs WA
Phone: 0430 561 853
Location: Fauntleroy Ave, Ascot
Location: Hinds Park, Bayswater
Phone: (08) 9457 4530
Location: Kent St Weir, Riverton
Phone: 0401 311 817
Location: Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Henley Drive, Champion Lakes
Location: South Coast Hwy, Denmark
Phone: 0437 052 986
Phone: 0411 086 820
Location: Old Mandurah Sailing Club, Mary St, Halls Head
Phone: 0400 842 445
Location: Western Foreshore, Halls Head
Location: Beatty Park, West Perth
Location: Brown St Playground, East Perth
Location: 34A Holland St, Fremantle
Location: Downstairs from Jabe Dodd Park, Mosman Park