The old flour mill is an impressive landmark as you enter the town of York. It was built in 1892 and was the main source of employment in the town for many years. It is now the home to a variety of businesses including an Art Gallery, Timber Art and Furnishings, a Gift Shop and a Cafe. The facade of the mill is in good condition.
You don't need to eat here to visit Saint's Motorcycle Cafe. There are not many Motorcycle cafes in Australia but Saint's in York is very popular. A Motorcycle Cafe is not just popular with motorcyclists - it tends to have a motorcycle theme and decor. Saint's has some really lovely lead-light glass panels with motorcycles.
Saint's Diner is fully licenced.
Unfortunately it was not open when I visited York.
For someone just passing through York is a great place to stop for lunch and a wander through the town. It is well known for its impressive buildings constructed from the 1880's to the early 1900's
As well as these there are some quirky and unusual things to see on the main street.
Located in the main street of York is a unique shop housing 150 old cars.
The York Motor Museum was established in 1979 - good year that ..... when hubby and I were married :o)
Not only are there lots of old cars but plenty of posters, photographs and other motor memorabilia that make for a colourful display to check out. Farmers and vintage cars just seem to go together for some reason :o)
You can't visit York and not stop to check out the Old Flour Mill. It is located behind the main street so not immediately visible.
The Mill itself was built in 1892 and quickly became internationally famous with the flour produced winning many awards from as far as London and Paris. Today it is privately owned and has a café, art gallery, beautiful wooden furniture and gift shop.
We stopped here for lunch and a look around and enjoyed it thoroughly.
While in the lovely city of York I thought to myself !!...This is the third lovely city of York that I have visited and how different in many ways they are..
York Western Australia was first settled in 1831 and only a few years after the Swan River Colony was formed this is reputed to be the first inland settlement.. So, it's easy to see the many and wonderful old Colonial and "Heritage classed" fine stone buildings exist in this town. A pleasurable walkthrough the town sees the visitor with a good look at how fine these old stone buildings were constructed and are so well preserved today.The Town hall is one of the most well presented old buildings here to see and my first to visit.There is a lot of the local history on show here and I found the staff are most helpful with any historical enquiries that you may have..
Situated in the main street, the museum shows vintage cars, buses, motorbikes... The old red bus that is parking in front at the moment sometimes does tours of the town. It must be fun to ride. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to investigate this further.
Go for a walk along the main street, explore some side streets, and enjoy the Victorian facades. The town hall is the most magnificent among many pretty buildings. York shows, okay a polished and dressed-up version of, what Australian towns looked like in the mid to late 19th century.
I hear the town hall is beautiful inside, too - when we visited there was an auction going on so we chose not to enter. We did not want to bid and buy something by mistake...
The old four-storey Empire Roller Flour mill was built in 1892. The mill exported flour to Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1908 the mill was purchased by a consortium and became the York Flour Milling Company Ltd. Later in years it was used to store fodder. Run down and in a derelict state, the property was bought by two guys intent on setting up their own unique furniture business. They set about to restore and reuse the old buildings of the old flour mill and turn them into what is now the Jah-Roc Gallery which comprises a furniture gallery and café.
At the foot of Mt Brown is the York Cemetery. It is found on one of the historical walking trails around York. The earliest pioneers here date from the 1860’s and their graves are just inside the entrance. Most of the graves here belong to males. There are several generations buried here.
When the Town Hall was built it had one of the largest halls in WA. Renovation has been carried out on the hall, which includes the pressed tin ceilings and the jarrah timber floors not to mention the wonderful red curtain, to restore the hall to its former splendour. The hall can be hired out and is often used for exhibitions and festivals.
The old Town Hall was completed in 1911. It was built on the site of the old Mechanics Institute which was founded in 1861 and demolished to make way for the new town hall. The Edwardian styled Town Hall has become a significant part of York's landscape in the downtown area.
If you like a paranomic view of Avon Valley and the historic York Town nested within, you must head up to Mount Brown Lookout. It was wonderful when I went up there on a sunny spring day. You can see patches of colour bursting out and rolling green fields against the clear blue sky.
York sits in the Avon Valley region which is approximate 120,000 kms made up of mainly dryland agriculture (wheat and sheep). Mt Brown, Mt Matilda and Mt Bakewell all overlook the Avon Valley which was discovered by Ensign Dale in August 1830.
Avon Tce is the main street through York township. It was designed and built between 1880 and 1910 and featured shady trees lining the pavements. The buildings had ornamental parapets of stucco and most displayed the names of their original owners. The blacksmiths, wheelwrights, coachbuilders, saddlers and suppliers of paint have since left the scene and over the years have been replaced by more modern retailers.