Toodyay is a relatively short distance from Perth and is a popular for the weekend coffee and family set. Toodyay has lots of appeal because the town has successfully combined heritage and entertainment. Toodyay is a nice spot and if an overnight can be arranged the traveler will not regret the decision.
The meaning of the name is uncertain, although it is Noongar Indigenous in origin - maps in 1836 referred to "Duidgee", while some believe it was named for a local woman named Toodyeep who accompanied early explorers in the area.
The original village of Toodyay was one of the earliest inland towns in the State, established along the Avon River in 1836 after settlers including James Drummond, Captain Francis Whitfield and Alexander Anderson explored the area. However, the location was subject to flooding which led to its abandonment in the 1850s, and a new townsite was established on higher ground 2 km upstream. This was gazetted in 1860 as 'Newcastle' and the original settlement came to be referred to as 'Old Toodyay'. In May 1910 due to confusion with the New South Wales city of Newcastle, Newcastle became known as 'Toodyay'.
The Heritage Council of Western Australia lists well over one hundred places of historical significance in or near Toodyay, including cottages (some of which are now ruins), homesteads, shops, churches, parks and railway constructions.
Toodyay has a lot to offer and should be rated as a must visit destination.