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Ghost Town Day Trip in York, Quairaiding & Surrounds

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by Marie Burman (subscribe)
I'm a casual writer living in the suburbs of Perth. I enjoy writing about interesting experiences around Perth so that others can experience them too!
Published July 20th 2013
Drive yourself to some old Ghost Towns
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Ye Olde Farming Machinery

We decided do something different and so we took our family out and explored some 'ghost towns' that are on the outskirts of York. We downloaded the 'self drive tour number 7' from the Shire of York website.

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Dangin Historical Walk - Ghost Town

Firstly, before you think 'what a great idea' and go ahead and download, print out and drive the hour and a bit to York, please be aware that some of the properties and places on the self drive tour are on Private Property, and, despite what my husband was expecting, you are not going to find an actual town. There are buildings here and there, some short histories to go with it all, some grave yards and piles of rubble of what used to be, but on the whole, no 'town'. Yes, my husband was very disappointed. But it is a great afternoon out visiting the wheatbelt and we had fun.

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Dangin Church

The self drive tour begins and ends in York, going through some very small 'town's', the major points being Dangin, Greenhills and Quairaiding. As you move further east out of the ranges and on to the wheatbelt, things get more and more interesting. Quairaiding was the most interesting point for us as it is a large country town with a lot of old graveyards and antique automobiles. Best to visit this town in the morning as it seems to be closed in the afternoon.

Quairaiding country town
Sign board

This day trip self drive tour give a fascinating insight to what life was like in the rural towns of Western Australia and why some of the towns, like Dangin, didn't prosper.

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Restored Greenhills Bakery
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Why? For a fascinating day out
When: Anytime
Where: York, Quairaiding and surrounds
Cost: Free
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