The charming and historic town of Toodyay is a quiet place with just
a hint of alternative lifestyle, and an ideal destination for day
Connors Mill, which is also known as the Moondyne Gallery &
Toodyay Tourist Centre, was built in 1870 to grind the locally grown
wheat. The mill has been converted into a three level tourist centre
and gallery. The most interesting part of the building is undoubtedly
the top level where there is a very detailed presentation of the life
of the local 'hero' Moondyne Joe.
Moondyne Joe's major claim to fame is that he was Western
Australia's most famous bushranger. He was the son of a Welsh
blacksmith who was transported for ten years for stealing three loaves
of bread, some cheese and a piece of mutton, arriving in 1853. He
branded an unmarked horse and was gaoled in Toodyay for the 'felony'.
He managed to escape, beginning a cat and mouse game which 'Joe' and
the law played for the next forty years.
The Old Victoria Hotel (1899): a building typical of the charm of
the town. The upstairs verandah looks more like a wave than a verandah.
It seems to be twisting and collapsing in a myriad of different
directions. Further up the main street is the Municipal Hall and the
Toodyay Public Library building (1874) which are notable for the
charming old style lamp posts outside.
The Old Gaol in Toodyay's Clinton Street is an interesting stone
building completed in 1862. It consists of cells, a kitchen,
constable's quarters, storeroom and exercise yard. The museum at the
jail houses a collection of unique colonial artefacts giving an insight
into the lifestyle of the district's early inhabitants.
Avon Valley National Park
One of the smaller National Parks in the hills beyond Perth, Avon
Valley National Park is one of the lesser known Parks, because of its
isolation, limited accessability and lack of facilities. Anyone who has
travelled on the Indian Pacific train from Perth to the Eastern States
will be familar it, as that train passes up the valley and through the
park on its way to Northam.