Northam, though just a 100km’s from Perth has retained a very much country feel. There are very few Perth commuters from Northam. Northam is an old town, but unfortunately the town bears the scars of many ‘downtown’ development decisions. There is not much heritage stuff left when compared to the town of York which is just down the road.

The area around Northam was first explored in 1830 by a party of colonists led by Ensign Robert Dale, and subsequently founded in 1833. It was named by Governor Stirling, probably after a village of the same name in Devon, England. Almost immediately it became a point of departure for explorers and settlers who were interested in the lands which lay to the east.

The Northam Migrant Accommodation Centre, which closed in September 1951, had approximately 15,000 immigrants from the Eastern European countries pass through. During the peak immigration period, Northam had the largest immigrant receiving facilities within the State and the third largest in Australia.

The Northam Museum gives a very good insight into this era of the town’s development.

The Anglican Church is the classic for the late 1800’s period. All of Northam’s churches are century plus buildings.

Likewise the hotels in Northam are all old and have many a story to relate.

The Northam War Memorial is structured to prevent vandalism.

Northam is a place that deserves a stopover, but the visitor should be prepared to observe plenty of ugly down town developments.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course