York Self Drives - To the East I grant my happiness York Self Drives - To the East I grant my happiness
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About York Self Drives - To the East I grant my happiness
Start off by setting the scene for your trip with panoramic views from the top of Wongborel (Mt. Brown) where the vistas stretch over the Avon Valley.
Resting at the foot of the hill are many early settlers under fascinating monuments, modest to majestic, in York Cemetery's best Gothic style. Peer down the same well where C19th prospectors would have drawn water and set off in their footsteps along the Goldfields road.
The trail forms two loops and you may choose to do all 71 kilometres, the 47km top loop or the 57km lower loop. Each loop includes approximately 10 kilometres of gravel road.
The hamlet of Quellington has a stone-built hall, still used for community functions today and the hamlet of Greenhills boasts a popular authentic country pub. In wildflower season take a 14km detour to the lovely Wallaby Hills Nature Reserve.
Time your return to York to finish up by looking around the York Residency Museum, which has intriguing exhibitions of Ballardong Noongar culture, convict and settler stories. This route can be linked with the York Self Drive 'Sky O'the North' route via Burges Siding Road.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Half to full day experience, dependent upon stops chosen.
Trail has two options - 47km and 57km. Trails can be combined to create a 71km drive.
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 (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 or braking, On narrow bitumen roads, slow right down before moving onto the gravel hard shoulder.
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. No fuel service stations on route.
- Car Park
- Coach Parking
- Dog Friendly
- First Aid Equipment
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
All year round. Especially scenic from late May to October
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Wongborel/Mt.Brown (site of Noongar significance)Start your tour by getting to know the Avon Valley from the Lookout at the summit, which offers spectacular views of York and the surrounding countryside. A site regarded by the Ballardong Noongar people as highly culturally significant. 'Wongborel' means 'Sleeping Woman'.
Quellington Hall (1896)Turn into Grass Valley South road (gravel) to find the quaint stone-built Quellington Hall. Typical of many Agricultural Halls in the Wheatbelt, it is still used by the local community today - although no events rival the champagne dinner, Sports day and evening Ball that marked its opening in 1896.
Greenhills Inn (1906)Time to take a break at one of the most authentic country pubs you're ever likely to find, built in 1906 for Mary Ann McMullen, enterprising businesswoman and one of the first female Publicans in Western Australia.
St. Andrews Church (1912) & Cemetery (State Registered Heritage Place No. 2821)Leave Greenhills via Penny Drive to reach the charming wooden St. Andrews Anglican Church and its much older cemetery, set amongst the bush at the junction of the York-Quairading road (on which you can head back to York).
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