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York Walks - Convicts and Crossings York Walks - Convicts and Crossings

Urban Walk

 in Golden Outback

  • 1-3 hours
  • 3.4 km

Follow the footsteps of York’s convicts and those who lived here in the convict era. Feeling intrepid? Cross the river by suspension bridge or the ancient ford in summertime.

Have fun and a fantastic view of the river as you sashay and sway across a replica of the 1888 swing bridge
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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. 

York Visitor Centre

(08) 9641 1301

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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 (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

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

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Trail End

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

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Hazards & Warnings

Cyclists 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.


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. Lots of children's hands-on activities at the Residency Museum.'
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Child Activities
  • Coach Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Telephone
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Shop
  • 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

Trail Access

Road 2WD, walk from town

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