Fridays are normally that final day you’re pushing through to meet the glorious weekend, but this week it certainly wasn’t the case for me.
Pappa and Mamma Feltoe were keen to explore York, a little town east of Perth, and I was more than happy to tag along!
We hit the road and were in York by mid-morning and I immediately fell in love with the place.
The quaint town has a history spanning over the last couple of centuries and is a beautiful testament of Western Australia’s gold rush period, which spanned the mid-19th century to the turn of the century. It became the last out-post for supplies and civilization for those heading east during the gold rush and was a hub for banks, hotels and substantial wealth for a once agricultural settlement.
York is quite the tourist art and craft town now, with a wonderful array of cafes, galleries, antique stores, and don’t forget the book store, which I got rather lost in…
There are also wonderful tourist paths to walk, where you soak in the colonial architecture and heritage listed buildings.
What’s more the York Festival is currently taking place and finishes on the 7th October. There has been events, performances, workshops and displays celebrating the community, art, culture and history. Particularly special is the rather large artwork in the centre of town…
The Wara Art has come to town. The idea is by a Japanese artist, and the community volunteered and came together to bring this adorable not-so-little Bilby to life. If you look around town, you’ll find some other creatures to ogle at too!
While you’re in York, you’ll certainly not miss the Town Hall – a stately edifice set apart on its own.
Be sure to go in as well and look at the gorgeous stage.
What a testament to the prosperous golden olden days.
Also, be sure to talk to the information guide there. It’s the best way to learn where to go and what to do. (Shamefully) I didn’t pick up on the lovely lady’s name at the desk, but she was passionate and knowledgeable and gave such a wonderful run down of the history of the place. She went above and beyond to answer our questions and I left a great deal more informed about York than when I entered.
We walked around the streets taking in the historical architecture.
Finding my dream home and garden…
Before stopping at the Old York Mill for a coffee and some cake.
As the afternoon grew later, we decided to take to the road and explore the wild flowers the area had to offer.
Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers, with over 12,000 species found in the state and 60% unique to our part of the world.
We found ourselves at the York Gold Course, surrounded by low bush-land and little flowers galore.
The sun was setting and soon it was time we hit the road and make our way back to Perth.
York is a wonderful little town that really surprised me. It’s a fantastic destination for a day trip from Perth, or a long weekend away. The locals are very friendly, the town pretty and it has a wonderful relaxed country feel, which I thoroughly appreciate.