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About York Self Drives - Sky O’the North
From York, head towards Perth on the Gt. Southern Highway, then turn down Ashworth road where at the weekends you'll find a Wara Art straw sculpture and delicious goodies at York Olive Oil and Ice Creamery.
The route then passes through some of the most scenic farmland along Mokine road, but if it's wildflower season (August to mid-October) you may prefer an alternative route taking in several beautiful Nature Reserves.
Spencers Brook Tavern makes a great lunch stop and there's the option to divert to Northam for the Bilya Koort Boodja Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Turning left will take you via Clackline to Toodyay, another charming small country town. Return along Spencers Brook road to York. This trail links up with York Self Drives - 'The Wonder of the West' route via the Gt. Southern Highway and with 'To the East I grant my happiness' route via Burges Siding Road.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Half or full day experience, dependent on choices
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
York Visitor Centre, York Town Hall, 100km (1hour plus) east of Perth
All-wheel Drive and High Range 4WD vehicles. Suitable for Novice Drivers.
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Hazards & WarningsThis route includes gravel roads. Surface conditions can be changeable so slow right down especially when cornering/braking. Please take care and drive slowly on country roads, beware of livestock, kangaroos and large farm machinery.
FacilitiesIn York: Car and coach parking, water access and public toilets at Howick street. Town Hall has Visitor Centre with shop, water access and public toilets with toilet for people with disabilities and first aid equipment during opening hours 9.30am-4pm daily. Public telephone and many cafes in Avon Terrace. Northam and Toodyay have similar facilities.
- Car Park
- Dog Friendly
- First Aid Equipment
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
All year round. Especially scenic during late May to mid-October
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Oswald Sargent Nature ReserveEntry is up Fairways Drive through the Golf Course and it is a lovely walk at any time of year. situated within and adjacent to the golf course area. Granite areas and laterite hilltop and ridge. Marri, Sheoak and Wandoo woodland. Best Features: Woodlands, Hibbertia, Leschenaultia, Grass Trees, Orchids, Stylidium, many Proteaceae and pea flowers.
St. Ronan's Well (State Registered Heritage Place 4183 )Tucked away just off the main Great Southern Highway, look out for the sign to St. Ronan's Well, a spring-fed watering point used by the Ballardong Noongar people and developed into a well by early settlers. There are actually two wells here, a large and small one, see if you can find both.
Spencers Brook Tavern (1884)Well known for their hearty home cooking. Relax and unwind while enjoying a glass of local ale in the attractive Beer Garden or beside a cosy fire in winter in this historic country pub. Feeling refreshed, you can head off to Northam or take the Spencers Brook road back to York.
Bilya Koort Boodja Aboriginal Cultural Centre, NorthamWhilst in the district, discover the living Ballardong Noongar heritage of this area in this stunning purpose-built exhibition space. It makes a perfect family day out beside the Avon River in Northam.
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