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Where are the best places to watch the Avon Descent?

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
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Beginning in Northam and finishing up in Perth, the Avon Descent is one of Australia's premier whitewater events and extends over two days every August. As well as attracting a large number of entrants in several categories, thousands of spectators also turn up to watch all the action and soak up the atmosphere.

Have you ever watched the Avon Descent, and if so, where were you? What are the best positions along the river and is it possible to camp there?

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Bell's Rapids has a large picnic area which extends for quite a long distance along the river, so it would be a great spot to sit and watch all the action. It's very beautiful there, so, so it's my favourite spot! I'm not sure if camping would be allowed, though. I know that it's usually not, but they might make some allowances for the Avon Descent.

A little further up the river, the Walyunga National Park is another beautiful place with lots of great river views. Someone once told me that camping is sometimes allowed there, although you'd need to check that out before you started to make plans.

Closer to Perth, the riverside parks in Bassendean and Bayswater are always goods spots to watch the Avon Descent, and there are often market stalls and refreshments available if you need a break from river-watching.
I think the best location i heard is by toodyay.
Bayswater does have some locations you can watch. Probably closer to town than travelling further up the river - I guess!
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