Visit York - WA's First Inland European Settlement.
While still remaining distinct from other towns in the region, York is yet another fine example of colonial architecture and is renowned for its heritage precinct. Wildflowers and birdlife compliment the open gardens and there's a wide range of experiences on offer including food and wine festivals, country racing, local produce and plenty of arts and crafts.
Visitors to York can enjoy lovingly preserved buildings and sites providing charm and character to the town. There are a couple of fine churches and many other historic buildings like the Town Hall which houses the tourist information centre. The York Residency Museum, Old Gaol & Courthouse and York Motor Museum are all well worth a visit.
Straddling the Avon River, York is bordered by outstanding natural beauty with several Heritage Walking Trails available. The York Visitor Centre is a free WI-FI hot spot and you can download a free walking app which gives you details of the history of the buildings you can see on your walk. You can also pick up booklets on the trails here. Adrenalin junkies can also get their pulses racing with a range of aerial pursuits such as paragliding and ultra light flights in the area.
Stargazing in York
Greenhills Inn, Lavendale Country Retreat, Hillside Country Retreat and White Gum Farm are amongst the accommodation providers that offer fire pits during wintertime and an amazing view of the country night skies filled with thousands of stars. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
Enjoy the sunset from Mt Brown Lookout, located 342m above sea level, overlooking the township of York and surrounds followed by unbelievable night skies - you might even be able to view the Milky Way across the sky. There is a walk track available from the historic swinging bridge and Mt Brown is located within 5 mins drive of the town centre. Forrest Oval offers a large open area with dark skies - perfect for stargazing. Ample parking is available at the York Recreation & Convention Centre. Experience stargazing in a bush setting along the banks of the Avon River at Gwambygine Park. Parking and toilet facilities are available at this rest stop.
Wildflower and Canola Season
York enjoys a beautiful display of wildflowers from September to November. Information on the best spots to see the wildflowers is available at the York Visitor Centre, or download the Wildflowers of York brochure. Extend your visit to the Avon Valley, and view the Avon Valley Walks, Wildflowers and Trails brochure. The York Bushland Garden, just a short walk from town, displays a wide range of Wheatbelt plants and wildflowers. Wander through a tranquil bush setting, enjoying birdsong and the beauty of over 300 species of WA flora, including many that are rare in their natural habitat. York is also known for its amazing Canola fields which flower from mid-August to into September.
York welcomes visitors to enjoy the stunning display of yellow canola fields but please remember to stay out of crops, park vehicles safely and respect private properties.
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