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Published June 1st 2013
Founded in 1831 on the banks of the Avon River, York was the very first inland settlement in Western Australia. Situated about a one and a half hour drive, or 97km, east of Perth, York hosts many annual festivals and events and is one of the most picturesque parts of the country.
The Shire of York is a popular visitors destination and the perfect place for a day trip, a short break or a family holiday.
York Town Hall. Image courtesy of the Shire of York website
1. History. Check out the history of the York area. York is full of historical buildings and beautiful old architecture dating back to the Victorian and Federation era. Visit the York Town Hall, the old jail, the court house, the first church and the pioneer cemetery, the railway station, the old hospital and many, many more places of interest.
2. Sight Seeing. With so many natural attractions to choose from, it will be difficult to know where to visit first. The Mount Brown Lookout offers a 360 degree of the town and surrounding countryside, Avon Park is on the banks of the Avon River, Gwambygine Park has a viewing tower and a boardwalk so you can get up close to the natural bushland. Most parklands have barbecue and picnic facilities and children's play areas.
3. Heritage Trails. There are many picturesque walking and driving trails in and around York, including self-guided walks, self-drive trails, wildflowers walks and heritage walks. Walking trail guide books are available form the York Tourist Bureau Office.
4. Dining. Feeling hungry? Then try some of the many fine eateries that York has to offer. From a casual meal to a fine dining experience, York has something for all tastes and budgets. Choose from one of the many side-walk cafés, taverns, bars, pubs and restaurants. York also produces a whole range of local items such as wines, olives, jams, dukkahs, chutneys and tapenades and has a fantastic old fashioned sweet shop.
5. Attractions. York has plenty of local attractions and places of interest to visit. The York Motor Museum, the Residency Museum, the Sock Factory, the Olive Oil Factory, the Swinging Suspension Bridge, the Sandalwood Yards and York Wines and just some of the interesting places in the York area.
6. Events. The Shire of York hosts many popular events throughout the year. There are lots of local community events plus concerts, festivals, markets, food and wine festivals, music festivals, concerts, dances, monthly Peace Park Markets, expos and exhibitions.
7. Adventures. For something different try one of the many adventure style activities. You can find adventure activities such as skydiving, gliding, paragliding, motorcross and a skate park in the York area.
8. Stay. If you plan to stay a while in the York area you will find plenty of accommodation options available. From Backpackers accommodation, caravan and camping to cosy Bed and Breakfasts, Cottages, Farm-Stays, Hotels and Motels, there is something to cater for every taste.
These are just some of the fantastic things to do in the York Region and there are many, many more. For details about tours, accommodation and other things to do and see, visit the Shire of York website.