Visit York - the first inland European settlement in WA, established in 1831.
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 precint. 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 skydiving, paragliding and ultra light flights in the area and go fishing.
York enjoys a beautiful display of wildflowers from September to November - view this guide for information on the best spots to see them and what species can be found.
The York Bushland Garden, just a short walk from town, displays a wide range of Wheatbelt plants and wildflowers. Free to enter, 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. View the brochure for more information or see a video.
York is also known for its amazing displays of canola which flowers from mid-August into September. Contact the York Visitor Centre prior to your visit to find out where you can go to see the yellow canola fields. More information can be found here.
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