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York Self Drives - Sky O’the North York Self Drives - Sky O’the North

  • Half day
  • 96 km
    • 4WD Easiest

      All-wheel Drive and High Range 4WD vehicles. Suitable for Novice Drivers. 

“Sky O’the North that’s vast and still, with a single star to cheer me….” Robert Service.
This route to the north of York shows off the vast skies in this wide open, gently undulating rural landscape. Choose a circular loop or links to Northam and Toodyay to explore further.

Entry 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.
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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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Time / Duration

Half or full day experience, dependent on choices


96km loop

What To Pack

Group A - Urban Trails (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

York Visitor Centre, York Town Hall, 100km (1hour plus) east of Perth

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Trail End



All-wheel Drive and High Range 4WD vehicles. Suitable for Novice Drivers. 

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Difficulty Notes

Includes sections of gravel roads. Please take care and drive SLOWLY on country roads, beware of livestock, kangaroos and large farm machinery . Surface conditions on gravel roads can be changeable, so slow right down, especially when cornering, braking, or moving onto gravel hard shoulders on narrow bitumen roads.

Hazards & Warnings

This 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.


In 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.
  • Cafe
  • 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

Trail Access

Road 2WD

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