Old stables, Ken Stepnell / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 2091

On the banks of the Avon River in the fertile Avon Valley, York is one of the best preserved and restored 19th-century towns in Australia. It is now classified by the National Trust as 'York Historic Town'. Settled in 1831, only two years after the establishment of the Swan River Colony, York was the first inland European settlement in Western Australia.

Visitor Information

Town Hall, 81 Avon Tce; (08) 9641 1301


Nearby national parks

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

Nearby towns

  • Northam

    Northam lies in the heart of the fertile Avon Valley. The Avon River winds its way through the town and on its waters you'll find white...more

  • Beverley

    Beverley is a small town set on the banks of the Avon River 130 kilometres east of Perth. Its main street boasts some beautifully preserved...more

  • Toodyay

    This National Trust–classified town is nestled in the Avon Valley surrounded by picturesque farming country and bushland. The name...more

In Town

Historic buildings There are a significant number of carefully preserved historic buildings in York, many made from local stone and some built of mudbrick. The 3 remaining hotels are fine examples of early coaching inns, while the Romanesque-style Town Hall (1911) with its ornate facade reflects the wealth brought into the town by the gold rushes. Contact visitor centre for details.

Avon Park: picturesque park on the banks of the river with playground and barbecue facilities; Low St.

York Motor Museum: vehicles on display represent the development of motor transport; Avon Tce.

York Mill Gallery: At the York Mill Gallery there's lots to entertain the whole family, including shopping, a playground for the kids and the unique toilets. The York Mill was built in 1892 and is now the largest regional gallery in Western Australia. It's also home to the York Mill Weekend Markets and the fully licensed The Mill restaurant; 10 Henrietta Street York.

Residency Museum: personal possessions, ceramics and silverware reflect aspects of civic and religious life in early York; open 1–3pm Tues–Thurs, 11am–3.30pm Sat, Sun and public holidays; Brook St.

Suspension bridge and walk trail: built in 1906, the bridge crosses the Avon River at Avon Park. A 1.5 km nature and heritage walk starts at the bridge; Low St.


Mt Brown Lookout: provides 360-degree views over town; 3 km SE.

Gwambygine Park: picturesque picnic area overlooking the river with boardwalk and viewing platform; 10 km S.

Skydive Express: award-winning centre; (08) 9641 2905; 10 km N.

Toapin Weir and Mt Stirling: panoramic views; 64 km E.

Self-drive trails: 8 different routes including the Avon Ascent through Perth's scenic hinterland to a series of special places in the Avon Valley; contact visitor centre for maps.

Fishing spots near town

Perth 90 km

The Swan River produces many species, including bream, mulloway, herring, tailor, tarwhine, silver trevally, Samson fish and flathead. This is a year- round fishery for the much sought bream. In summer the bream run... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Bibbulmun Track 68 km

You do not need to dedicate six to eight weeks to walk the superb 965-kilometre Bibbulmun Track in order to enjoy it. There are plenty of places to get on and off the track, so you can stretch the legs for a few hours,... Find out more

Perth Zoo 87 km

You can certainly while away a few hours at this excellent zoo, which is involved in conservation and has a breeding program for native endangered species, including the western swamp tortoise, Shark Bay mouse and... Find out more

Kings Park and Botanic Garden 89 km

Arguably the most scenic botanic gardens in the country, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with its hilltop location, offers great views over the city and beyond, and has plenty of space for picnicking, cycling and walking.... Find out more

Diving around Perth 98 km

There are some shore dives in and around Fremantle and Perth, and plenty of great boat dives to Rottnest Island and further afield. Dolphin Dive Fremantle is an eco-accredited dive shop with a large boat, and will rent... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Araluen Golf Resort 70 km

Steep forest-covered hills above deep valleys are not the ideal landscape on which to create a golf course. But that did not stop the developers of Araluen Golf Resort – in the Roleystone Hills, 45 minutes... Find out more

The Vines Resort & Country Club (Lakes course) 73 km

Few courses in Australia let you walk in the footsteps of the game’s best players simply by booking a tee time and paying your green fee. The Vines, as the stage for such events as the Heineken Classic, Johnnie... Find out more

Mt Lawley Golf Club 84 km

Perth was a booming town in the late 1920s, and as more and more people headed west from the eastern states, the demand for golf courses grew. Four of Perth’s finest layouts – Lake Karrinyup, Cottesloe,... Find out more

The Western Australian Golf Club 87 km

The Western Australian Golf Club is a hidden gem, particularly to visitors from interstate or overseas. Set amid the rolling hills of suburban Yokine, and covering some of the highest points to be found north of... Find out more

Lake Karrinyup Country Club 93 km

For more than five decades Lake Karrinyup was widely considered one of Australia’s classic courses. It first won national acclaim when it hosted the 1952 Australian Open, won by Norman von Nida. The Open... Find out more

Cottesloe Golf Club 95 km

Cottesloe is internationally renowned for its superb beach, backing on to rows of towering Norfolk Island pines and wonderful terraced lawns, an idyllic spot to soak up views of the Indian Ocean. If you were expecting... Find out more

Joondalup Country Club & Resort 98 km

Few inland courses in Australia boast such visually sensational holes as you will encounter at Joondalup. This 27-hole layout, a 25-minute drive north of Perth’s CBD, is a unique golfing experience and the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Bugatti

A local favourite for many years, Café Bugatti has a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with automobile memorabilia adding a fun element to the dining experience. Italian chef and owner Nick Russo delivers generous... Find out more

Castle Hotel York

The Castle Hotel York serves unpretentious pub fare in grand surroundings in one of the state’s oldest hotels. With a choice of bar snacks and dishes from the à la carte menu, your meal can be enjoyed in the... Find out more

The York Mill Cafe & Restaurant

Situated in an old flour mill, this cafe shares the premises with the York Mill Gallery. Inside are several cosy rooms, and the outdoor area is also very popular. The hearty meals are well prepared, and eating amongst... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Sandcastle 98 km

The Sandcastle is an up-market option in South Fremantle, with beautiful food, much of which comes from sustainable resources, and organic wines and beers. As well as stocking organic vegetables, grains and meats, the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Feral Brewing Company 70 km

Based in the Swan Valley, Feral Brewing produces a range of sometimes challenging beers that are served on tap at their bar/restaurant (and a handful of other outlets), plus their flagship bottled product Feral White,... Find out more

Elmar's In the Valley 73 km

Having established a successful smallgoods business, German-born couple Elmar and Anette Dieren branched out to establish this sizeable bar, restaurant and beer garden complex, which also includes a microbrewery. While... Find out more

Duckstein Brewery 73 km

Duckstein Brewery actually has two separate breweries and outlets located in both the Swan Valley and Margaret River wine regions. The original 60-litre microbrewery (or should that be microscopic brewery) is one of the... Find out more

Mash Brewing Company 73 km

The simply named Mash Brewing Company debuted in April 2006, adding to the significant cluster of craft breweries operating out of the Swan Valley. Inspired by the Little Creatures model, the brewery is positioned... Find out more

Swan Brewery 83 km

The Swan Brewery was established in 1857 by early Western Australian settler Frank Sherwood, who had emigrated from England with his family in 1842. Interestingly, he originally set up a school of classics and languages... Find out more

Billabong Brewing 91 km

Owner Alan Proctor started Billabong Brewing as Western Australia’s first brew-on-premise operation, where homebrewers come to make their own beer and bottle it, using professional equipment. In 2006 Proctor... Find out more

Gage Roads Brewing Company 94 km

Established in 2002 by former Sail & Anchor brewing team Peter Nolin and Bill Hoedemaker, Gage Roads Brewing started producing beer from the Palmyra site in mid-2005. The US-born pair was apparently frustrated that... Find out more

Sail & Anchor Hotel 98 km

The Australian craft beer movement was kick-started at the Sail & Anchor Hotel in 1984 when the first house-brewed ale flowed there. Phil Sexton and his partners in the Matilda Bay Brewing Company were building the... Find out more

Little Creatures Brewing 99 km

After dabbling in wine and working as a brewing consultant in the US, craftbeer pioneer Phil Sexton re-surfaced in the local beer scene, along with a couple of other former Matilda Bay Brewing heavyweights, with the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Beverley Caravan and Camping Ground 29 km

Beverley is a small historic town on the banks of the Avon River, 135 km east of Perth. Its main street features beautifully preserved examples of Edwardian, Federation and Art Deco architecture. As you wander around... Find out more

Beraking camping area 49 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Beraking campsite is 8.5 km from Waalegh camping area and 11.5 km from Mt Dale camping area.... Find out more

Lake Leschenaultia camping area 49 km

Lake Leschenaultia, 2 km west of Chidlow via Rosedale Rd, dates to 1897, when it was constructed as a water supply for the railways. Nowadays it is a haven for birds and wildlife, and offers visitors activities such as... Find out more

Waalegh camping area 50 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Waalegh camping area is 9.5 km from Helena camping area and 8.5 km from Beraking campsite.... Find out more

Helena camping area 50 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Helena campsite is 8.6 km from Ball Creek campsite and 9.5 km from Waalegh campsite.... Find out more

Ball Creek camping area 52 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Ball Creek camping area is 10.6 km from Hewetts Hill camping area and 8.6 km from Helena camping area.... Find out more

Mount Dale camping area 52 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Mt Dale is 11.5 km from Beraking camping area and 8.3 km from Brookton camping area.... Find out more

Patens Brook camping area (walk-in camping) 54 km

Patens Brook campsite is 3 km from the Perth Hills National Parks Centre on Patens Brook Trail, 6 km south of Mundaring via Mundaring Weir Rd and Allen Rd. Walk-in campers will find basic facilities in a beautiful bush... Find out more

Brookton camping area 56 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Brookton camping area is 8.3 km from Mt Dale camping area and 11.1 km from Canning camping area.... Find out more

Perth Hills National Parks Centre camping area 56 km

Visitors here will find a range of nature-based activities, including the many scenic walks available throughout the area. There is a short walk from the carpark to the campsites. Perth Hills National Parks Centre is on... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Banksia Tourist Park 71 km

This is an ideal location for those arriving in Perth from the north or the east wanting to stay on the outskirts. The park is in a semi-rural setting just a few minutes from Midland. The quality park is well laid out... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Perth 74 km

This is a great park with excellent amenities, in the eastern suburbs 16 km from the centre of Perth. It also has a van-storage area. Access to the park is easy from all directions along main arterial routes. Bookings... Find out more

Perth Vineyards Holiday Park 76 km

Situated in the grape-growing area of the Upper Swan River, about 14 km from the centre of Perth, this quality park has easy access to the main routes north and east. It has grassy and paved sites, some with good shade.... Find out more

Karrinyup Waters Resort 93 km

Just 14 km north of Perth and close to the Mitchell Freeway, this park is just a short distance from the beach. With very good amenities and facilities that include a spa and solar-heated pool, this is a good base for... Find out more

Woodman Point Holiday Park 99 km

Large and popular, this tourist park has walking access to the beach and is just 7 km from Fremantle. The managers run nature walks around the local area year round. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Imperial Hotel York

The fact that all of the rooms are named after champagnes should give you an idea that romance may be on cards at the Imperial Hotel. Built in 1886, the hotel has undergone a major renovation and is one of York’s... Find out more

Nosh & Nod

Situated next to the town hall and in the heart of this charming town, the Nosh and Nod offers hotel rooms and self-contained accommodation. Beautifully appointed, some of the rooms include spas and one room has a... Find out more

Old Albion B&B

Established in 1858, The Old Albion is heritage listed and is as charming as the day it was built. The stables have been converted into cottages from a bygone era and include antique furnishings, wood fires and ensuites,... Find out more

Quellington School House Farmstay

Quellington School House is situated on York’s highest point, Quellington Hill, 20 kilometres from town. The school was originally built to educate the landowner’s children and was opened up to the public in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Eadine Springs rest area 29 km

9km E of Bakers Hill (L) or 14km W of Northam (R)

Secluded picnic area among trees. Well off the highway.

Bakers Hill park area 33 km

At Bakers Hill  

Adjacent to the highway at the information bay on the west side of town.

Meckering park area 36 km

At Meckering

Adjacent to the highway. At the earthquake display site.

Forsyths Mill rest area 47 km

11km E of Mundaring (R) or 27km W of Bakers Hill (L)

Secluded in a natural bush setting just off the highway.

Cunderdin park area 52 km

At Cunderdin

Adjacent to the highway and near the museum.

Gleneagle rest area 71 km

25km SE of Armadale (L) or 107km NW of Williams (R)

Secluded in a forest setting well off the highway.

Sullivan Rock rest area 73 km

37km SE of Armadale (R) or 95km NW of Williams (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Bindoon Hill rest area 85 km

10km N of Bindoon (L) or 41km S of New Norcia (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On both sides of the highway.

Bannister rest area 94 km

84km SE of Armadale (L) or 48km NW of Williams (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Kellerberrin park area 94 km

At Kellerberrin

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

What's on around town

Antique Fair: Apr.

York Society Photographic Awards: Apr.

Olive Festival: June.

Jazz Festival: Sept/Oct.

Spring Garden Festival: Oct.

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