York Olive Oil Company
As you are approaching York, you will pass the turn off to the York Olive Oil Company. Their factory shop sell fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil, straight from the press and they were pressing on the day I drove by. The shop is open on Sundays, most public holidays and (when pressing) daily throughout the harvest season from April to June.
Location : Ashworth Road, York (off Gt Southern Hwy going into York
On the way into or out of York you will come across the Miniature Village. The village is based on English country village scale 1:12. It is only a very small place and has a collection of handmade artefacts.
They are open most days from 9.00am –5.00pm
Location : 2 km out of York on Gt .Southern Highway.
Just of the Great Southern Hwy and about 20kms before entering York you will come across Mount Observation on your right. A small dirt road winds it way up around the mount amongst the gum trees and flora. There is an elevated picnic spot which overlooks a eucalypt forest.
There is also an orienteering trail (Maps are available from the Tourist Bureau)
Location : on Perth side of York
Mundaring pronounced "Mundahring" in Aboriginal means "A high place on a high place". Especially apt as the town is set up in the Darling Range. Mundaring today offers a range of bush trails within its forests. There are cycle tracks, bird watching, picnic areas and a wide variety of experiences for the nature lover. Mundaring Dam in its day was the highest overflow dam in the world and quite spectacular when it overflowed during the winter months.
Mundaring is about 3/4 of an hour east of York.
John Forrest National Park
John Forrest National Park covers 1577 hectares in the Darling Ranges. The trees in the park are mainly Jarrah, Marri and Wandoo along with some Banksia and Sheoak which is typical of the area. The area was first preserved in 1898 and was declared an A class reserve in 1900. Originally the area was known as Greenmount National Park but later became known as Forrest National Park, then John Forrest National Park in 1947 after Lord Forrest who was one of Australia’s well-known statesmen and explorers.
John Forrest National Park is the oldest national park in Western Australia and is an important part of the Hills Forest. Most of the park is laterite but in places where Jane Brook and other streams have cut into the surface, you will find rounded boulders of granite in fact some are said to be the oldest rocks on Earth.
Beverley is situated in the Avon Valley, around 35kms south of York. Beverley is situated in the Avon Valley, around 35kms south of York. Vincent Street is the main thoroughfare of Beverley. The street features many fine examples of architecture which has been beautifully preserved. Some styles you will see are Edwardian, Federation and Art Deco. The Avondale Discovery Farm is about 6 kms west of town and entrance to the farm is free. The farm which opened in 1979 by Prince Charles, is a unique living museum and also a modern working farm. It was opened for W.A’s 150th celebrations. There are lots of interesting things you can do at Avondale. The Farm is reported to have one of the largest agricultural machinery museums in Western Australia.