York Self Drives - Sky O’the North


“Sky O’the North that’s vast and still, with a single star to cheer me….” Robert Service.
This route to the north of York shows off the vast skies in this wide open, gently undulating rural landscape. Choose a circular loop or links to Northam and Toodyay to explore further.

Oswald Sargent Nature Reserve

Entry is up Fairways Drive through the Golf Course and it is a lovely walk at any time of year. situated within and adjacent to the golf course area. Granite areas and laterite hilltop and ridge. Marri, Sheoak and Wandoo woodland. Best Features: Woodlands, Hibbertia, Leschenaultia, Grass Trees, Orchids, Stylidium, many Proteaceae and pea flowers.

Photo Credit: Audrey Sole

About the Trail

From York, head towards Perth on the Gt. Southern Highway, then turn down Ashworth road where at the weekends you'll find a Wara Art straw sculpture and delicious goodies at York Olive Oil and Ice Creamery.

The route then passes through some of the most scenic farmland along Mokine road, but if it's wildflower season (August to mid-October) you may prefer an alternative route taking in several beautiful Nature Reserves.

Spencers Brook Tavern makes a great lunch stop  and there's the option to divert to Northam for the Bilya Koort Boodja Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Turning left will take you via Clackline to Toodyay, another charming small country town. Return along Spencers Brook road to York.  This trail links up with York Self Drives - 'The Wonder of the West' route via the Gt. Southern Highway and with 'To the East I grant my happiness' route via Burges Siding Road. 

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