Located between two rivers, the fertile land which sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years was soon snapped up by the colony's first Governor, James Stirling.
It passed through several hands before the government established a soldier settlement scheme here. When this was unsuccessful Avondale was set up as an agricultural research station. Several important agricultural breakthroughs were made here.
In 1979 Avondale featured in the sesquicentenary celebrations morphing into a tourist destination. Now in the hands of the National Trust, the place is once again farmed while still welcoming visitors to the site.
Avondale Farm is about 12kms west of the Wheatbelt town of Beverley and 22kms south-east of York.
See, Do, Explore
There is plenty to do on site from strolling through the various farm buildings in the historic settlement area to investigating changes in technology and local ingenuity in the Avondale Agricultural Museum.
There is a bush reserve to explore, accessible via the farm’s drive trail with impressive views across the Wheatbelt. Signage throughout the settlement and reserve gives you information about buildings, plants and other aspects of the history of the place.
A picnic area with barbecues and play equipment makes Avondale Farm the perfect spot for a lazy day out.
Beware though. This is still a working farm and machinery is in use all year round.