The historic town of Toodyay is situated in the Wheatbelt region of the Avon Valley, 85 kilometres north-east of Perth. It is one of our favourite places for a family day trip being a one hour’s picturesque drive from the city of Perth.
The quaint historic high street dates back to the 1860’s and here you’ll find boutique shops, Antique stores and galleries. Situated along the high street is Connor’s Mill which houses historic machinery, which demonstrates the process of turning wheat into flour and has an interpretative display for the mill’s operations and life. The Mill is open 7 days a week 9am – 4pm with admission $3.
Visit Toodyay during the week and you can also set foot into Newcastle Gaol and retrace Toodyay’s colourful past by exploring the tiny cells, the courtroom and wandering through the old Police stables. The Gaol is open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm. Entry is $3.
We usually arrive in Toodyay in time for lunch and our favourite place to head to is The Coca Cola Cafe, a 1950’s style cafe serving retro food and featuring a huge collection of over 6,000 items of Coca-Cola memorabilia collected over a 45 year period.
The kids love looking at all the difference bits and pieces. A favourite of Miss 5’s is the yo-yo collection.
Food prices are reasonable. A favourite of mine is the Coca-Cola cafe burger, a homemade beef patty served with on toast with onion, tomato sauce and mustard pickle and a side of fries at $15.50. Yum yum! They also serve All Day Breakfast, $17 for the Big Breakfast Combo and of course being a 1950’s dinner they have a selection of milkshakes with flavours ranging from your usual strawberry and vanilla to the likes of honeycomb and Mango.
High Chairs are available and there is a baby change in the toilet. You can choose can sit outside in the under covered terrace or inside amongst all the memorabilia.
If you plan your visit to Toodyay on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month you will find the Miniature Railway running between 11.00am – 3.00pm at Duidgee Park which is on the banks of the River Avon. The railway also runs every Wednesday during the school holidays. This is great fun and the girls loved it.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children. They have several trains which include petrol engines, electric and a coal fire steam locomotive. If you wish to ride the steam train you need to visit earlier in the day as she stops running in the final hour. The 10 minute train ride takes you alongside the river where you will go through tunnels and over bridges.
If you keep your eyes peeled you may even spot the resident kangaroos and Shawn the Sheep! The miniature railway is operated by volunteers from the hobby club who are all very friendly and great with the kids.
Next to the Miniature Railway is a skate park and playground.
The playground consists of train themed play equipment suitable for younger children plus low level monkey bars, see-saw and swings.
Close to the skate park is equipment more suited to older children with a spider net, surfboard style rocker, slide and swings.
The area also has plenty of BBQs and picnic tables so you could bring along your own snags and enjoy a sausage sizzle on the Banks of the River Avon.
If fancy exploring at little further a field just 12 km from Toodyay you’ll find Toodyay Emu Farm which is apparently the oldest Emu Farm in the world! The working far is open to the public every day from 10am – 4pm. To tour the farm costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. You can walk amongst flocks of Emu’s and photograph eggs and nests from May to August and see chicks hatching from July to October. Refreshments and BBQs are available.
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