About York, Western Australia: Settled in 1831, York, Western Australia was the first inland settlement in WA. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River 97 kilometres east of Perth, the historic town of York is one of WA’s most popular day trip destinations.
York WA's Heritage: York is renowned for its Victorian and Federation architecture reflected in the beautifully restored buildings. The Town Hall encapsulates the 19th century architectural style reflected throughout York, further showcased in the Courthouse Complex, Old Post Office and Residency Museum.
With the increasing population of the Swan River Settlement in 1829 , Ensign Robert Dale, 21 year old Officer of the 63rd Regiment, was assigned the honour of making the first exploratory journey over the Darling Ranges during the winter months of 1830 into what was later to become known as the Avon Valley. Governor Stirling decided that the new district would be thrown open for selection in 1830.
The first explorers saw a resemblance between the valleys traversed and their own country of Yorkshire and it was decided by the Governor that Yorkshire should be the name given to the district and that York should be the name of the first town.
Accommodation in York: Beautifully restored country mansions and charming B&B’s ensure a memorable stay for visitors with warm country hospitality. Alternatively you can experience the rural lifestyle at one of the farm stays or self-contained cottages.
There is availability for a limited number of self-contained RV's to park at Avon Park, free of charge, for a 24 hour period.
Things to Do in York: A visit to York is not complete without visiting the Residency Museum. Here you can step back in time and explore the convict history, ceramics, Chinese garden and Noongar exhibits.
- Enjoy one of the many heritage walks around the town centre, or stroll through the little hamlet of Blandstown.
- Share a picnic on the West bank of the Avon River and venture across the York Swing Bridge.
- Experience one of our self-drive tours and view the magnificent bush land and natural heritage, with wildflowers appearing in winter and spring.
- Visit the Sandalwood Yards to learn more about York’s history and stroll back through York’s retail precinct where you will find interesting keepsakes and gift ideas.
- For the adventurous York is home to skydiving, but be sure to book ahead.
Dining out in York: York boasts many choices for dining from generous country pubs style meals, to tea rooms, takeaways and restaurants.
York Visitor Information Services
Visit: Historic Town Hall, 81 Avon Tce, York WA 6302
Phone: 08 9641 1301
Fax: 08 9641 2202