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Published September 10th 2013
York. Brings to mind ancient narrow streets, a walled city and a fabulous cathedral. Possibly even yummy chips and even yummier curd tarts.
But that's not the York I'm talking about today. I'm here to tell you all about the town about 90kms drive east from Perth, named after its English cousin back home, York, Western Australia.
York WA does have some fabulous old churches, but that's about where the similarities stop. When you drive through the main street of York and park your car, you can see the old style of city planning where the streets were wide and there's a pub on each corner.
A stroll down the main street takes you back to the days when buildings were constructed to look beautiful and be functional as well. The old pubs with their sweeping verandahs keep the walkways cool in the summer and entice you in for a cool drink and maybe some lunch. We lunched at the Royal and enjoyed a delicious typically large country meal in the well cared for dining room of the old building. Makes you feel part of history as you sit and imagine folk staying overnight after their long coach journey and enjoying a light breakfast before they continued their journey the following day.
The York Town Hall is one place you really have to pop in and have a look at. It is one of the best kept old buildings I've seen and you can go inside and check out the old stage and hall, once again immersing yourself in a colourful history where you can almost hear the old musicals which used to be shown there. The well stocked information centre is also just inside the door of the Town Hall, full of maps and booklets and the usual interesting info on the local area.
York has some wonderful old curio shops so bring your wallet with you. The old sock factory is an interesting stop, as is the York Motor Museum, resplendent with an old hand-operated fuel pump out the front.
The Avon River flows gently through the town and there are parks and playgrounds nearby where you can enjoy a picnic or barbeque while the kids scramble all over the equipment.
If you're after a pleasant day out this weekend, whether you've got a picnic planned or you'd like to eat out, York is definitely worth putting on your 'to visit' list. Immerse yourself in some history and have a wonderful day.