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About York Walks - Grand Designs
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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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).
FacilitiesThe trail map is obtainable from York Visitor Centre or download at http://visit.york.wa.gov.au/york-trails.aspx . 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.
- Child Activities
- First Aid Equipment
- Public Telephone
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- 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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York Town Hall (1911)A nationally significant landmark, its grand Edwardian opulence reflecting the town's prosperity through agriculture and the gold rushes of the 1890s. Photo: Shire of York
Sargent's Pharmacy (1904)Look up and you'll find a clue to the original use of this curious corner shop, built for Obeithio Sargent, 'Chemist and Druggist' of York.
Settler's House (1860s)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!
York Palace Hotel (1909)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'.
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