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York Walks - Grand Designs

Urban Walk inPerth & Surrounds

Avon Valley, Yanchep, Lancelin & Cervantes, Peel, Perth Hills, Perth Metro, Rottnest, Swan Valley

  • 1-3 hours
  • 1.5 km

A look at the pubs, parapets and historic places that give York’s main street its unique character. A unique ‘step back in time’ with all the contemporary convenience of shops, pubs and cafes en route!

A nationally significant landmark, its grand Edwardian opulence reflecting the town's prosperity through agriculture and the gold rushes of the 1890's. York Visitor Centre is located here. Photo: Shire of York
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York Visitor Centre, York Town Hall, 100 km (1 hour plus) east of Perth

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

A nationally significant landmark, its grand Edwardian opulence reflecting the town's prosperity through agriculture and the gold rushes of the 1890's. York Visitor Centre is located here. Photo: Shire of York

Built to take advantage of the influx of rail passengers due to the impact of the railway line which opened in 1885. Made of local stone, with remains of original stables at the back. Photo: Debbie Matthews

Look up and you'll see a clue to the original use of this curious corner shop. A pestle and mortar finial tops the pharmacy built for Obeithio Sargent, who had been a 'chemist and druggist' in York since 1892. Photo: John Clarke

The oldest section was built by convict labour for Samuel Smale Craig, an early Scottish migrant.
After Samuel's death in 1869 the hotel was run by his widow Mary
and later by Emily, the widow of their son James. Emily added a further section on the corner of South Street in 1905. Photo:

Classic turn-of-the-century shopfront parapets like this one give York its 'timewarp' character.Photo: John Clarke

The Eastern Districts Chronicle newspaper was printed here from 1877 onwards. Mrs Pyke ran a Temperance Hotel here in the late C19th - no alcohol allowed. It's different today! Photo:

Described in 1912 as having 'a tiled vestibule richly embellished with cedar and jarrah fittings; the furnishings throughout are luxurious and the luxury of hot and cold water baths are provided for patrons'. Photo:

The architect was Joseph Talbot Hobbs, who became Commander of Australian troops in WW1 and later designed the Western Australian War Memorial in Kings Park, Perth.

The original York Council Chambers; no longer needed after the Town Hall was built, York's Volunteer Fire Brigade operated from here 1914 to 1989. Photo: Debbie Matthews

Purpose-built as York Motor Garage for Thomas Davies, it was used as an engineering workshop by the Army during WW2. Photo:

Now missing its once-grand façade, It's hard to imagine the flourishing store opened by John Henry Monger, in this area known as 'Monger's Town' as his empire extended to the Sandalwood Yards nearby. Photo courtesy York Residency Museum

Between Monger's store and the Sandalwood yards look left for a great view of Faversham House, built by John Henry Monger with the assistance of convict labour. Photo: Debbie Matthews

Here, J.H. Monger ran a thriving trade in sandalwood, a fragrant timber known as 'the poor man's moneybox' during the nineteenth century. Only the stables remain, along with the relocated Tipperary schoolhouse and York Society Archives Centre. Photo: Shire of York

Cross the road and return down Avon Terrace. Joseph Monger built a replica of Faversham House here, supposedly to annoy his brother John Henry Jnr. All that now remains is the stone-built billiard room. Photo:

Memorial rose garden, a tranquil haven created by the York Branch of the RSL to commemorate those who served in two World Wars. Lest We Forget. Photo: Shire of York

The York branch of the Country Women's Association has met here since 1953. Then, meetings were held on Pig Sale days, to placate husbands who would have considered an extra trip into York for a CWA meeting a sheer extravagance! Photo:

William Dinsdale Jnr., bootmaker, saddler and businessman, had this grand Emporium built in 1887. Now an art and craft gallery. Photo:

Like the Westpac Bank, these premises were designed by Joseph Talbot Hobbs. Photo: Shire of York

During the 1890s gold rush York was the 'last stop shop' to buy food and equipment. Three generations of the Edwards family owned and ran the store until 1936. York and District Co-operative bought it in 1956 and it's still owned and managed
by the same company today. Photo:

George Temple-Poole, Chief Architect of the Western Australian Public Works Department in the 1890s, designed this building and the Courthouse next door. Photo:

A rare 1852 convict-built cell block and other buildings stand behind this imposing Court House. Can you spot who laid the foundation stone? He was very famous in his day! Photo: Debbie Matthews

A car collector's paradise housed inside a previous motor garage and showroom that once boasted the oldest Ford dealership in Western Australia. Photo: Debbie Matthews

Purpose-built as shops with accommodation above, one of the first occupiers was Haroldmos Tiliakios, a Greek fishmonger who served at Gallipoli in WW1. Photo:

Around 1950, Laurie davies installed a two-faced chiming clock on the balcony - which had to be silenced due to complaints from guests at the Castle Hotel! Photo: Cathy Clarke

Originally named the Railway Hotel, it was demolished after the Meckering earthquake of 1968. One of York's fabulous interpretive wastebins is now the only reminder of this lost landmark.
Photo: Shire of York

The second oldest continuously operating Shell Garage in Australia and a real nostalgia trip for motoring enthusiasts. Photo: Shire of York

In the 1930s rabbits reached plague numbers in Western Australia. Trapping provided people with food or a small income gained at this collection point for receiving rabbit carcases until the 1950s.
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A short walk down Avon Terrace, York's main street, will reveal an architectural time capsule of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. From the original part of the Castle Hotel built in 1853 to the grand symbol of Edwardian opulence that is York Town Hall, everywhere you look oozes historic charm in this unspoilt country town.  Starting from and returning to the York Visitor Centre in York Town Hall, this trail provides a unique 'step back in time' but with all the contemporary convenience of shops, pubs and cafes en route!. 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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Time / Duration

1-3 hours


1.5 kilometres

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Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

York Visitor Centre, York Town Hall, 100 km (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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The trail map is obtainable from York Visitor Centre or download at . First Aid and Defibrillator available at York Town Hall during Visitor Centre opening hours 9.30am to 4pm daily. Public Toilets including for disabled people in York Town Hall. Public telephone in Avon Terrace near York Courthouse. Shops and cafes in Avon Terrace. Download children's educational activities from Residency Museum website.
  • Cafe
  • Child Activities
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Public Telephone
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop
  • Toilet Facilities for Disabled
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

All year round. Temperatures can be hot during January and February

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