TOODYAY – A PLACE OF PLENTY
This page is a work in progress and will eventually house all information related to our gorgeous town.
Following the establishment of the town site of Toodyay in 1836, a small town grew with the development of government and commercial buildings and by the 1850s there were three inns and two schools – as well as a gaol! During this time, convict transportation to WA commenced and the buildings for this were established away from the Toodyay town site on the opposite riverbank.
Toodyay, or “Duidgee” in the local aboriginal language means “Place of Plenty”, and today we have so much to give and share. We’re a comfortable, relaxing place an hour from the bustle and stress of the city. The air is fresh and clean and there’s expansive views across bush, paddocks and rolling hills.
We’re a friendly welcoming community with beautiful historic buildings. There’s bank facilities, medical services including physiotherapy, pathology, psychology, art tehreapy, dental and veterinary and a pharmacy open seven days a week. There are two hardware stores, a prize-winning bakery, cafes, hotels and restaurants, and an historic vineyard with prize winning port and a growing list of fine wines.
The Old Gaol Museum has regular displays and the Historical Society is very active in town. The Library is warm and inviting and the hub of the community, providing many free services and free workshops for all ages.
There’s a vibrant musical scene, theatre group, ballet group and Irish dancers. Numerous craft groups including spinning, weaving, felt-making, and patchworking come together regularly to welcome out-of-town visitors.
Friends of the River, the Naturalists Club and the Garden Club cater for those interested in the environment. Sporting activities include a Pony Club and Horse riding, not to mention the exciting Avon Descent boat race. And fitness is catered for with a gym, Thai Chi, Yoga and Martial arts.
A sense of ‘community’ is enhanced by the wide group of volunteers where enthusiasm is welcomed and training opportunities provided.
THE AVON RIVER
Flowing through Toodyay is the beautiful Avon River on which the world’s longest white-water race, the Avon Descent, is held each year.
We won’t fib and say the river flows all year round, however, the winter rainy season brings joy to all who know the river’s special personality.
Residents and visitors can enjoy a peaceful picnic at Toodyay’s Duidgee Park where there are barbeque facilities, Children’s playgrounds, public toilets, a miniature railway and a fabulous skate park for the kids.
THE TRAIN LINKING US TO THE WORLD!
The AvonLink train service operates between Midland and Northam (via Toodyay), and covers the journey in just over an hour. It is one of the most regular regional services, making 28 trips (14 return services) every week as well as being one of the most comfortable commuter train rides in Australia with free WiFi and air conditioning.
Tickets for the AvonLink can be purchased onboard, so there’s no need to book in advance. It’s also fully accessible for people with a disability. See the timetable below and to find out more contact Transwa on 1300 662 205
Dentistry – Dr Michael McGuiness
Toodyay District High School is a co-educational state school located in Toodyay, Western Australia. It caters for around 550 students from Kindergarten to Year 10, and services the town of Toodyay and surrounding agricultural areas.
Year 11 and 12 students have a range of choices, eg Northam Senior High School and St Joseph’s with secondary boarding facilities.
A bus service from Toodyay to Midland connects students with several secondary schools ‘down the hill’, and Guildford Grammar School also provides a bus service for their students.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL:
We really do have some wonderful colonial architecture and unique shopping experiences. But far more special is the delight in living amongst a village community.
Often it takes an hour or more to take the walk up and down the main street because of the many friends you meet along the way.
There’s cafes, hotels and retail shops of all sorts. These include a fabulous award winning bakery; the famous Christmas 360 shop celebrating Christmas all year round; a creative butcher specialising in local meats and specialities; gift shops; two hardware shops; clothes shops; a speciality tea shop and many more.
The famous Christmas 360 Award winning Toodyay Bakery
The Inspiring Toodyay Emporium
THE SHIRE’s COUNCIL CHAMBERS and LIBRARY
The Shire of Toodyay’s public library is part of a state wide network that operates between local government authorities and the Library Information Service of Western Australia.
SPORT & RECREATION
Toodyay offers a wide range of sporting and recreational facilities and organisations.
- KidSport Program
- Tennis Courts
- Multi-Sport Courts
- Football oval and cricket pitch
- Golf Course
- Bowling Greens
Toodyay Inclusive Community Programme.
Whilst this programme is hosted during school holidays, it is not only for students and children, but is designed to knock down the barriers that people with disabilities or from marginalised groups face, in turn making our community more inclusive.
FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL DAYS – This, in particular, is what we’re famous more…festivals!
The Moondyne Festival – In May each year we celebrate the legend of Moondyne Joe, the Avon Valley’s legendary bushranger. The festival transforms our picturesque town into a lively daylong festival.
The highlight of the day is the re-enactment of Moondyne Joe’s various escapades throughout the town, his arrests and mock trials. Moondyne Joe runs around town, robbing shops, escaping custody and being a general menace.
International Food Festival
On the second weekend in August, we combine the thrill of the Avon Descent with delicious cuisine & entertainment at the Toodyay International Food Festival
The October Fibre Festival
Come along to the Toodyay Fibre Festival and see fibre displays of antique shearing, production of different fibres, through to the end results on the catwalk.
Then of course there’s the famous Toodyay Spring Racing day!
But of course, that’s not all. There’s much much more. If you’re thinking of coming to Toodyay to live, why not come up for the weekend and stay awhile in one of our lovely B&B’s. There’s heaps to choose from!
AND AS A FINAL EXAMPLE OF THE PRIDE WE TAKE IN OUR TOWN
We won the KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL Tidy Town Award 2015!
Environment Minister Albert Jacob congratulated Toodyay for claiming the title of Australia’s tidiest town. Mr Jacob said the win was an exceptional result and a credit to the local community. Toodyay also won prizes in three other categories.
“It is great to see a Western Australian town leading the nation with a co-operative approach to improving the local environment and achieving a more sustainable community,” he said.
“Toodyay is a great example of what can be achieved when volunteers in anti-litter, historical and environmental groups work in partnership.”
Nine pages of information doesn’t even come close to covering the shops, the facilities and the special features Toodyay has to offer. I often like to suggest that folk come for the weekend, book into one of our many accommodation options, and for a while ‘smell the roses’ and imagine a simpler life.