Balladong Farm is a genuine living museum and the only working museum in Australia. The farm still operates with traditional methods and skills. First established as a farm in 1831, it was later sold and in 1848 convicts came to work on the farm. They were responsible for the building of the Shearing Shed, Granary, Stables and Bridge House. Visitors can see sheep being blade shorn, crutched and drenched, a hand operated wool press, a granary with pit sawn timbers and shingled roof as well as cows being hand milked, a forge where traditional blacksmithing methods are still being use and the complete process of wheat growing. There are various displays and a wide range of animals on the farm including old Clydesdales. The farm was purchased by the National Trust in 1974 and is in the Blandstown area of York on the road to Beverley.
York is a delightful old historic town around 30kms north of Beverley. The town was first surveyed in 1930 by Robert Dale and was named after the city of York in England and established in 1831 on the banks of the Avon River when the first settlers arrived. It was the first inland European settlement in Western Australia.
The towns most impressive Victorian and Federation buildings were built during the next 10 years – a lot of which has been carefully restored to their glory days, in fact entering York, you would feel like you were stepping back in time. So much so that the town is the state’s most complete pioneering settlement and classified by the National Trust as York Historic Town
Gwambygine Park is just north of Beverley on the main road. The park offers one of the few remaining pools of the Avon River. The park is open to the public all year round and offers picnic facilities, barbeques, an adventure playground, nature reserve and a River Walk. There is a viewing tower where you can view the wild life without creating a disturbance.