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Northam is a town in Western Australia, situated at the confluence of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers, about 97 kilometres (60 mi) east-northeast of Perth in the Avon Valley. Northam is the largest town in the Avon region. It is also the largest inland town in the state not founded on mining.
Northam has a number of tourist attractions, including hot air ballooning, wineries, cafes & restaurants, museums, hotels and motels. The town and hinterland of Northam are located in the Avon Valley – so named after the river the Avon River. It has been periodically flooded, and man-made banks protect the town from inundation. The Avon is a name commonly used by organisations, newspapers and sporting groups. Burlong Pool a pool just south of the town was known as the Burlong swimming pool, and in the 1890s the location of the source of water for the Goldfields Water Trains.
Bindoon is located 93 km north of Perth via the Great Northern Highway. Bindoon is a small town on the Great Northern Highway which operates as a tourist stopover point as well as servicing a predominantly cattle, sheep and fruit growing district. In recent times, because of its proximity to Perth, it has become a popular home for people seeking a semi-rural lifestyle.
Bindoon comes alive with spectacular displays of wildflowers between July and October. It also has significant stands of marri and jarrah on the hilltops around the town. The Heritage Museum was established at the Interpretative Centre in 2010 by the Bindoon Historical Society which had been in operation since 1997. The display, which includes old farm machinery, vintage vehicles, historic household items and tools, is housed in the Chittering Road Board building which was built in 1928-1929.
Bindoon annually hosts the Bindoon and Districts Agricultural Show. The districts covered are Bindoon, Chittering, Gingin, Bullsbrook among others. The show features cattle, poultry, fruit and vegetable exhibition and competition, horses in action, floriculture, cookery, art, general crafts, needlecrafts, photography, amateur wine making and home brewing, home produce, children’s exhibition and pet parades. An annual Bindoon Rock Festival was held in the 1980s and 1990s.