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About York Self Drives - The wonder of the West
This scenic drive through the beautiful Talbot area offers three options. The nucleus of the drive is a 40km loop taking in theTalbot Hall and Reserve, one of the Shire's most unspoilt Nature Reserves, providing a perfect insight into this scenic area and some great photographic opportunities.
It can be combined with an upper loop of 80km travelling through the Wandoo National Park, calling at a number of Nature Reserves and the historic St. Ronan's Well. This section is ideal for wildflower season during August and September and can be linked to the York Self Drive 'Sky O'the North' route.
Alternatively, a lower loop of 94km goes south towards Beverley and joins up with the 'South of my day's circle' self drive route.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Half day to full day experience depending on section chosen.
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).
Additional Useful ItemsTake own drinking water, no drinking water available.
York Visitor Centre, York Town hall, 100km (1 hour plus) east of Perth
All-wheel Drive and High Range 4WD vehicles. Suitable for Novice Drivers.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
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 only. 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. Beverley has similar facilities.
- First Aid Equipment
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
Best time of year
All year round. Especially scenic during late May to October with wildflowers from August to October.
National Park fees in Wandoo National Park only
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Balancing Rock (private property, please view from roadside only)Turn left into Qualen West Road to find a site of Noongar significance. Timeless, unchanging natural landmarks were often used as waymarkers by the Ballardong Noongar people and still hold significant meanings in traditional culture. Sometimes called 'the Balancing Boot' today - what do you see?
Talbot Hall and ReserveTurn right onto Talbot Hall road (gravel) to find a relatively intact Wandoo woodland with an understorey of flowers and shrubs, a pure delight in wildflower season and one of the most enchanting Reserves at any time of year. Nearby is Talbot Hall, an enlargement of an early C20th school.
Wandoo National Park (upper loop option)The drive takes you through part of the Wandoo National Park to emerge on the Great Southern Highway. Turn right and soon you will come to Mt. Observation picnic area set in the beautiful Wandoo woodlands. Photo: Audrey Sole
St. Peter's Church Gilgering (1858) (lower loop option)Discover connections to the past by wandering among the early settlers' graves in this tranquil sanctuary beside the Avon. St. Peter's Church was designed and built by Rev Patrick Gibney. Photo: Shire of York
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