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About York Walks - Convicts and Crossings
A versatile trail that can be walked (or cycled) in short or long loops, with the river crossings and facilities in Avon Park being fun for families with children.
Starting from York Visitor Centrre at the Town Hall, set off along Avon Terrace and cut through the laneway to the river beside the Courthouse and Post Office. After crossing the suspension bridge, in summer you can make a complete 3.4km loop to the north using the ford, and anytime a short loop to the south, with a longer option to visit the Residency Museum and St.John's cemetery, via Clifford street which has a number of 1850s/60s Pensioner Guard cottages.
Distance options: 3.4 kilometres total - or short loop from suspension bridge to south street is .800 metres, top half loop is 1.6km or bottom half loop is 2.4km.
York is just over an hour’s drive from Perth through beautiful bush and rolling farmland and has several linking walk and cycle trails that you can mix and match to suit yourself.
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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
20 minutes to an hour depending on the route taken.
800 metres to 3.4km depending on which loops you do.
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).
Hazards & WarningsCyclists dismount when crossing the suspension bridge, - it swings! Optional ford crossing in summer months only (usually passable from October to April ) cyclists dismount as surface is rocky and unstable. Beware snakes in summer months.
FacilitiesCar 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. Lots of children's hands-on activities at the Residency Museum.'
- Car Park
- Child Activities
- Coach Parking
- Dog Friendly
- First Aid Equipment
- Picnic Area
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
All year round; weather can be hot in January and February
Road 2WD, walk from town
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Suspension BridgeHave fun and a fantastic view of the river as you sashay and sway across a replica of the 1888 swing bridge
Holy Trinity Church (1854)Built in 1854 and consecrated in 1858, convicts would have worshipped here. The tower and other additions were added between 1891 and 1905. It contains a magnificent Alfred Pease pipe organ and stained glass windows designed by Robert Juniper.
Ford Crossing, site of Monger's BridgeThis ancient ford crossing is usually passable in summer from October through to April. The path surface is rocky, therefore unlevel and unstable. Cyclists should dismount. Take great care if there is water flowing, do not use in winter months or at any time if water is more than ankle deep.
Residency MuseumThe last remaining part of York's Convict Depot. Time your walk 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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