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    Wander back in time.

    by al2401 Written Oct 25, 2013

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    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.

    Website: http://www.york.wa.gov.au/visitors

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    Saint's Diner

    by al2401 Written Oct 25, 2013

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    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.

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    York Mill

    by al2401 Written Oct 25, 2013

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    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.

    Website: http://theyorkmill.com.au/

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    COTTAGES IN YORK

    by balhannah Written Nov 21, 2015

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    There are plenty of these in York! If only the walls could talk, I bet there would be plenty of stories to tell.

    My first photo is of Bygrave's cottage located on the Beverley road. It was built in 1884 and was a residence. Beside it is a smaller building which was a Cobbler's workshop.

    Near Redmile road, is the former King’s Head Hotel (1848), once a bustling hotel with its coach house, stables etc, now is privately owned. Look for the Kings Head sign hanging out the front of the house.
    On the same side is a white private house at the corner of Wheeler St corner which was once a bakery from the 1860’s. Along this street there are several workmen’s cottages from the l800’s.

    A walk around the streets of York will find many of these old cottages in a range of styles. Some that are heritage listed have a plaque out the front with information about the building.

    Flat, easy walking, although York is spread out a bit, so wear comfortable shoes, hat and take water with you.

    Address: Around York

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    SARGENT'S PHARMACY

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2015

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    Sargent's Pharmacy was an unusual corner store in York. Not only was the shop unusual but the name of the Phamacist, Obeithio Sargent. He came from England to Western Australia in 1886 and established this pharmacy in York. Still on one window, is the western Gold Medal, which indicates that Obeithio Sargent obtained the highest marks in his final examinations as a pharmacist. He trained his son Oswald to be a pharmacist who took over the Pharmacy after his father died in 1916.

    The main part of the building is in bonded brickwork, and included a large cellar where Obeithio Sargent had a dark room. Some of the photographs are in the shop, showing York in times of flooding.

    Address: 91-93 Avon Terrace, York

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    YORK FLOUR MILL

    by balhannah Written Nov 21, 2015

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    The York Flour mill was a purpose built mill built in 1892. At that time it was named the "Empire Roller Flour Mill."
    It was the largest mill in Western Australia, only one of four mills to incorporate the modern roller method in Western Australia. Wheat arrived at the mill site in bags and was stacked nearby. The ground floor of the brick mill housed a 20 HP horizontal engine, a steam hoist, 13 grain-elevators and the machinery necessary to screen foreign matter.

    The first floor was where grain rolling took place, the second floor where the bran and pollard was separated, and the third floor where dressing was carried out. From here, the flour was returned to the ground floor where it was packed into bags and moved to a large storage shed. Later it was loaded onto a train and taken to Fremantle docks for export.
    During these years the Mill was very successful and won many prizes. It was very important for the well-being of the town.

    In 1967, flour milling ceased and the mill closed. These days, wheat is grown then taken from the farm by semi-trailer for milling outside the district.

    TODAY THE OLD YORK MILL HOLDS MARKETS EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
    OPEN - 9am - 4pm

    The markets sell fresh produce, jams, oils, other kinds of food, arts and crafts.
    There is an Art Gallery with a retail shop and a Café/Restaurant.

    Address: 10 Henrietta Street, York

    Website: http://www.onlyperth.com.au/44316/the-york-mill-providore-markets

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    ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Nov 20, 2015

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    St Patrick`s Church had a really nice tower. All I saw of the church was the exterior as workmen were inside.
    The foundation stone of this newer church was laid on St Patrick`s Day, 1875, the church completed in 1886. The church is built in Gothic Revival style from local stone and features imported stain glass windows from Italy. The stone porch, added in 1950, also came from Italy.

    Ex-convict, Joseph Nunan, was commissioned by the resident priest of the time, to design and build a larger church to accommodate an increasing congregation.

    Near this church is the original Catholic Church from 1859, today it is used as the church hall and is situated near the Presbytery.

    Address: Corner of Howick Street and South Street, York

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    YORK COURTHOUSE COMPLEX

    by balhannah Written Nov 19, 2015

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    York Court House Complex comprises a gaol, two court houses, a police station, stables, police quarters and a troopers cottage. It was used by the Police until 1983 when it was taken over by the National Trust.
    The complex dates back to 1852,when the Court House and Police Station were built. High stone walls, two law courts, prison cells and a cottage built for troopers were added in future years. The walls also enclosed the stables and a yard.
    The present Court House was built in 1895. A visit is a chance to learn about the first convicts through to modern times through models, games photos and information panels.

    OPEN EVERY DAY
    10.00 am - 4.00 pm

    ADMISSION
    ADULT $5
    CHILD/CONCESSION $3
    FAMILY 2+2 $12

    FREE ENTRY ON SUNDAYS

    Address: 124 Avon Terrace, York

    Phone: (08) 9641 2072

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/wa/york-courthouse-complex

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    YORK TOWN HALL & INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 19, 2015

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    The York Town Hall, constructed in 1911, is a beautiful building that is on the state heritage list because of cultural heritage significance.

    As the building is located on a 'v' shaped corner, the extensively decorated entrance door is located in the 'v.' A pair of Corinthian columns stand on either side of the door, whilst above are the words “TOWN HALL,'' and higher again and surrounded by floral motifs is the Town Clock and the date “1911”.
    The building style is Federation Free Classical.

    The Information centre is located just inside the entry door and is worth going into to see the interior of this building that has jarrah floors and balustrading and pressed tin ceilings. When completed in 1911 the Town Hall boasted the largest floor area of any such building in Western Australia.

    The Town Hall has been restored inside and out and looks fabulous!

    York is different to most Info centres in that you have to pay $6 for the York Heritage walk trail booklet.
    It covers 4 walks.
    #1 is 1.5kms and covers most of Avon Terrac and includes 19 buildings.
    #2 is 2kms explores Blandstown and the very early days of settlement - 11 buildings
    #3 is 2kms explores York's industry, you see 18 places of interest.
    #4 is 6km Includes Mt. Brown Look-out and the towns domestic architecture - 11 places of interest.

    The lady at the Information centre was very helpful. I found out where we could park our caravan and what else there was to see. The centre has a Book Exchange where you can exchange as many books as you like, cost a gold coin donation ($1 or $2 coin)
    The centre is a free WiFi hotspot.

    OPEN
    5 Days a week- Wednesday to Friday 10am - 4pm
    Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9.30am - 3.30pm

    Address: 81 Avon Terrace (Cnr Joaquina St)

    Phone: (08) 9641 1301

    Website: http://www.york.wa.gov.au/town-hall.aspx

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    AVON PARK

    by balhannah Updated Nov 21, 2015

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    Avon Park is a lovely green park situated on the banks of the Avon River. At one end of Avon Park is the Suspension Bridge from 1906, built to provide a foot crossing over the Avon River.
    This park is ideal for relaxing or enjoying a bbq or picnic. Facilities include a modern playground that is undercover for sun protection, free Gas BBQ's, free Toilets, plenty of picnic benches an seating and lots of lawn area for playing ball.

    The rotunda located in the middle of Avon Park is often used for wedding ceremonies, although nothing was happening when I was there.

    Mum and Dad Wood-duck were busy watching over their ducklings, kids would love seeing this!

    No good for swimming in the river, but you could try your luck with fishing.

    Address: Lowe street, York

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    ORCHIDS AND WILDFLOWERS

    by balhannah Written Nov 21, 2015

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    If you here in Spring, then I guess you may be looking for wildflowers, I know I was.

    As we travelled by car along the Great Southern Highway heading to Perth, I happened to see a low lying area on the left side of the road that looked like Orchid country to me. Eyes peeled, I managed to see lots of Spider orchids growing in the roadside gravel.
    As there was plenty of room, my husband pulled off the road and we both went looking for Wildflowers.
    It turned out this was a great place with a large variety of orchids and other wildflowers.

    Address: Not far from York when heading to Perth

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    CASTLE HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Nov 19, 2015

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    At York is one of the states old pubs, the Castle Hotel, built by convicts in 1853. It is the only pub still operating in York WA. This massive Hotel has a lovely exterior with decorative parapets, is still the same as when first .

    Since those early days the interior has been updated. Now the Hotel has air-conditioned motel suites and hotel accommodation, a Bottle shop, fully licensed bistro, public bars, BBQ, wood-fired pizzas and a swimming pool. You can enjoy "pub grub" or an a la carte meal in the bistro.

    The hotel is situated 98km from Perth along the scenic Great Southern Highway, approx. 1 hour drive.

    Address: 97 Avon Terrace, York

    Phone: (+61) 8 9641 1007

    Website: http://www.castlehotel.com.au/

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    YORK POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2015

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    The York Post office is a two storey Federation style building built out of rough cut stone and brick in 1893, the window hoods were added later..

    It is the oldest functioning post office in Western Australia and still has an old Post Box out the front of the building. Want to know the time, then you will find a clock on the Post Office

    The Post office also has a residence where years ago, the Postmaster and his family lived.
    Today, you can stay in this heritage listed building as it's a self-contained apartment.

    Opening hours
    Mon - Fri9:00am - 5:00pm
    Sat - Sun Closed

    Address: 134 Avon Terrace, York

    Website: http://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/wa/the-avon-valley/york/55928

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    THE MOTOR MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2015

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    The York Motor Museum has been around since 1979. The collection is considered to be one of best private collections of Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Racing Cars in Australia.

    I came across the Museum midway along Avon Terrace (main street), in the building of one of the oldest Ford Dealerships in WA. The Museum comprises of three main display halls and an external courtyard. Each area has a theme related to the various eras of motoring with different vehicles forming a feature exhibit each month. There is detailed information on every vehicle on display, plenty of colourful historic posters, photos, toy cars and other motoring memorabilia.
    I liked all the information I found about each vehicle.

    There are around 150 vehicles, some of them were very interesting! One was a Bedelia, 2 cylinder car built in France in 1910. It looks a bit like a soap-box, was cheap to run and quite speedy.

    OPEN
    SUMMER 9.30AM - 3PM
    WINTER 9.30AM - 4PM

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS $8.50
    CONCESSION $6.50
    CHILDREN $4.50

    Address: 116 Avon terrace, York

    Website: http://www.fiaheritagemuseums.com/191-york-motor-museum.html

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    PENNY FARTHING SWEETS

    by balhannah Written Nov 20, 2015

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    Old style lollies and much more, I just couldn't resist entering Penny Farthing Sweets shop!
    I'm a sucker for old time lollies, not only for the memories but for the taste, how I wish they still made them today.

    In the shop was the friendly owner who I had quite a chat to. I was very pleased when allowed to take photos!
    It was time to peruse the many full bottles lining the wall and make my choice, what a hard decision that was!
    Bring children in here and they will not know where to look first, perhaps the enormous lollipops will catch their eye first.

    These old style lollies are more expensive than the every day ones, worth the extra money in my opinion.

    complaints with this shop, it service and its sweets!

    Address: 125 Avon Terrace, York

    Phone: 0448 022 496

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