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About York Self Drives - South of my day’s circle
Follow the Avon River and see signs in the landscape of the Ballardong Noongar culture that predates white settlement by thousands of years. Travelling through some of the earliest settled farmland you'll encounter tiny Churches, barns and bridges, all poignant pointers to life in early settlement days.
Beverley makes a great lunch stop with country pubs and cafes; have fun spotting the unexpected Art Deco architecture, aeroplane, murals and even a geodesic dome in this quiet country town. Return to York along the Top Beverley road for some of the best views of the Avon Valley and its unspoilt landscape.
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Time / Duration
Half or full day experience, depending on stops taken
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, 100 km (1 hour plus) east of Perth
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. Fuel service stations, Public telephone and many cafes in Avon Terrace. Lots of children's hands-on activities at the Residency Museum. Beverley has a Visitor Centre, public toilets, pubs and cafes and fuel service station.
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- First Aid Equipment
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
All year round. Especially scenic from late May to mid-October
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Wargyl (Rainbow Serpent) track, site of Noongar significance (private property, view from roadside only)Much older than the farming landscape are the surrounding hills which speak of Ballardong Noongar cultural heritage. Look out for the Wargyl (Rainbow Serpent) track to your right; bare land in a distinct trail up the hillside.
St. Peter's Church, Gilgering (1858)Discover connections to the past by wandering among the early settlers' graves in this tranquil sanctuary beside the Avon.
St. Paul's Church, Edwards Crossing (1859) State Registered Heritage Place 00144An exquisite tiny Church with original bell outside; a poignant reminder of a rural past. A rare convict-period mud brick church; the only surviving built element of the Edwards Crossing settlement. Consecrated by Bishop Hale of Perth on 4 May 1862, when a newspaper correspondent reported that 'the interior is neat, and its scarlet trimmings are very well arranged'.
Residency Museum (1850s)The last remaining part of York's Convict Depot. Time your journey to get here in Museum opening hours of 1-3pm Tues, Weds, Thurs, and 11am-3.30pm at weekends. Visitors say "it's like a Tardis - there's so many exciting, colourful exhibitions and child-friendly hands-on activities in here".
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