Towns in Australia

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Northam WA


Postcode: 6401

Northam is a town in Western Australia, situated at the confluence of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers. Home to an estimated 6,227 people in 2005, it is the largest town in the Avon region. It is also the largest inland town in the state not founded on mining.

Northam is located 96km North East of Perth in the Avon Valley.

Northam consists of the Town of Northam and Shire of Northam. After 53 years of debates and attempts, these two councils will merge on July 1, 2007 to form one new council called the Shire of Northam.

The Northam Railway station is used for the Prospector and Avonlink rural train services. The original station on Fitzgerald Street was opened in 1900 and closed in 1966 when the new Eastern Railway route became operational.

Northam has some very committed sporting teams. Australian rules football is an obsession with many of the people of Western Australia. Northam has two teams that play in the Avon Football Association competition, the Federals and Railways.