Getting Started

Welcome to the Avon Descent!

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018

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Getting started!

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.

44 Years

35,000 Competitors

WA’s second longest running sporting event

The Avon River drains the Great Southern and Upper Great Southern regions, actually starting as a river near Wickepin. The Avon River is 295 kilometres in length and the basin covers an area of 120,000 square kilometres, extending from Northam in the west to Southern Cross in the east, north to Dalwallinu and south to Pingrup. From its confluence with Wooroloo Brook in Walyunga National Park the Avon becomes the Swan River. Approximately 60% of the Swan River’s flow is from the Avon River.

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

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