Avondale Farm

Avondale Farm

Avondale Farm is located on Ballardong Noongar Country, nestled between the Gogulgar Bilya (Avon River) and Dale River, just a few kilometres to the west of the Avon Valley town of Beverley.

It is home to the Avondale Machinery Museum managed by volunteers and open to visit by prior arrangement.

There is a beautiful native bush reserve on the property boasting impressive views of the surrounding landscape. It’s where remnant native vegetation provides an important role in sustainable agriculture. Did you know native bush provides shelter from the elements for sheep and cattle, as well as a habitat for native species that eat crop-damaging insects and rodents?

This landscape sustained the Ballardong Noongar people for tens of thousands of years. With its fertile soils, rolling hills and towering eucalypt forest, the surrounding Avon Valley was targeted by colonists from the Swan River colony intent on farming it, despite strong resistance from the Ballardong people. On an expedition in 1835, Governor James Stirling snapped up the land that became Avondale Farm.

The property passed through several hands and iterations before the government established a soldier settlement scheme here, subdividing the original extent into 20 smaller lots. When this was unsuccessful, it was gifted to the Department of Agriculture (now the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)) and converted to an agricultural research station. Several important agricultural breakthroughs were made here, in particular those relating to virology and nutrition in sheep, at the time the backbone of the western Wheatbelt economy.

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.

  • Waterhatch Road, Beverley WA, Australia

Avondale Farm Cottages are located onsite, offering short-stay accommodation.

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