Welcome to York


Only 97km from Perth, York is the oldest inland town in WA, first settled in 1831, just two years after the Swan River Colony. The settlers here saw similarities between the Avon Valley and their native Yorkshire, so Governor Stirling bestowed the name York.

Convicts were brought to the region in 1851 and contributed to the development of the district; the ticket-of-leave hiring depot was not closed until 1872, four years after the transportation of convicts to WA ceased. York prospered during the gold rush, servicing miners who were heading to Southern Cross, a goldfields town 273km to the east. Most of the town's buildings date from this time.


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$159.48 Cultural & Theme Tours

Wave Rock, York, Flowers, Aboriginal Culture Tour from Perth

After being picked up in Perth, head east to the historic town of York, the first founded township in the Avon valley. Here you'll have time to enjoy some morning tea (own expense). Before arriving in Hyden, visit the dog cemetery, this cemetery is a tribute to the Australian working sheep dogs. Once in Hyden visit the Hippo's Yawn, these are unusual rock formations which resembles a hippo yawning. Stop at the Wildflower shop and enjoy an Aussie Country-Style lunch.After lunch, See the spectacle of Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Whilst here, you can either visit a wildlife park or view the unique Antique Lace Collection.Leaving Wave Rock, visit the humps and Mulka's Cave. Mulka’s Cave is a large granite boulder with a hollowed out shape. The boulder is part of The Humps an impressive dome of Late Precambrian granite situated 15 km north of Wave Rock. On the return to Perth, your tour will take a different route and stop at the quaint country town of Babakin for afternoon tea (own expense).During wildflower season (September-November) enjoy stops to get out and view the wildflowers. Western Australian wildflowers are renowned as being one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the world. You tour will arrive back into Perth at approximately 8:30pm

$278.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Wave Rock Luxury Hummer Tour with Mundaring Weir from Perth

Join your tour at 7am sharp, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget your camera. As you are traveling in a small group and in a 4WD, your driver guide can take any off road opportunity if need be. Head up through Kalamunda and out to Mundaring Weir some 45-minutes later for some great shots of the famous Weir that provides water to Perth and the Goldfields. Learn about the significant history associated with the Weir. The next stop is in York, another 45-minutes, which is the oldest inland town that is home to some very historical buildings of the federation and victorian style, including a magnificent old Hospital built in the late 1800's and believed to be haunted. Continuing on toward Corrigin some 117-kilometers from York, pass through Quairading for a quick look at the Pink Lake, the Rabbit proof fence and Dog Cemetery built in the 70's in Corrigin. From Corrigin, head to Wave Rock another 108-kilometers where we you will be able to climb on the rock. See Mulka's Caves and the Hippos Yawn rock formation. Enjoy lunch at one of the local Cafe Restaurants, a menu will be provided on board so you can see what takes your fancy.Head back toward Perth via the Brookton Hwy. Typically, you will arrive back at the hotel around 6.30pm - It is a long day, but you will fit a lot in and there are refreshments and snacks on board.

$221.04 Outdoor Activities

WA Historical Heritage and Colonial Towns 4wd Full Day Trip

This full day trip brings together 3 main historic towns that are a must visit with the rich history of colonial times, bush bandits and the gold rush, offering numerous historical federation and Victorian buildings restored to their original glory. At 7amWe Head up through the darling ranges, Kalamunda through to the iconic Mundaring Weir with all of its picturesque views and engineering history supporting the gold rush and wheat Belt offering amazing photo opportunities. We stop in at the Mundaring Hotel (PUB) which is an icon of WA and built late 1800’s still in original condition, very popular on the weekends with locals, imense history relating to the dam and goldrush. We then head to York – which is WA’s oldest inland town and a premier historical town in Western Australia arguably the best preserved historical town in the whole of Australia. You get a feel of what a colonial town in typical outback Australia was like. Among the many buildings and structures is one said to be one Australia’s most haunted houses, previously the York Hospital and Mental Asylum, The court house, sandalwood factory, suspension bridge, colonial hotels, churches and historical motor museum which we will visit. From York we travel to Northam which is the largest inland town in WA and the original dispatch point for gold diggers, miners and pastoralist working inland. It is home to an international white water event yearly than is a two day event, again a very old township that gives you an exact feeling of what it is like living in the inland outback, with life for a local changing little. 25 Kilometers from Northam is Toodyay, a town that is famous for gaoling Moondyne Joe our most famous outlaw, and where the Moondyne festival is held every year. Toodyay Gaol, old Mill, and a depth of 1800 history still lives on in this town, popular on weekends with motorcycle fraternity. We have lunch at the famous coca cola café before heading off to the swan valley for either Wine tasting and or Caversham Wildlife Park at 2pm By far one of the fullest days out covering rich history of colonizing western Australia including flora , fauna and our amazing wines and culture from local living guides.  

$122.39 Food, Wine & Nightlife

York Historical Motor Museum, BBQ and Wine Tasting Tour

Your full day out on a budget starts at 8.30am heading up toward Mundaring Weir Hotel and Dam via the longest trecking track in the world  of some 900kms starting in Kalamunda. Mundaring weir is one of the most popular destinations for motorcyclists in the state, WA has the most Harleys per head of population in the world. At about 9.45 we start heading toward York, a short 1 hour away. 10.45 - York has some of the oldest architecture from the first colonies, and home to Australia's most haunted house and privately owned motor museum, cars and motorcycles, a rare look into motor history of Australia and rural outpost. Perfect setting for a BBQ. 12-12.30 we will have a BBQ lunch at the Historical Museum, giving you a great opportunity to get some unique and individual photo opportunities. Leaving York about 1-1.30 we head toward the world famous swan valley , known for its range of top quality wines. 2-2.30 we reach Houghtons Winery, second oldest winery in Australia and start our wine tasting, visit the original cellars, then across to Lancaster, Providore, Howard and Black and The Chocolate Factory. Finishing up our Tasting about 4.30 getting you back at 5pm. Great Value off Menu day out for a small group, group of friends wanting a relaxing and fun day out.

$137.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Wave Rock & Historic York

After your complimentary city accommodation pick up journey east and a historical wonderland awaits, through the townships of historical Guildford, Midland, and the picturesque regions of Mundaring and Sawyers Valley, soaking up spectacular views of the Darling mountain Ranges along the way on your drive to YorkArrive in the historic Town of York, characterized by dainty cottages and colorful rose gardens and enjoy a walk along the majestic Avon River and the famous swinging bridge.Drive past the large farms and huge machinery used in this wheat belt area, for which our country is so famous for.Visit the wheat belt town of Corrigin with its unique Dog Cemetery, dedicated to man’s best friend. Dogs play a vital and important role with farmers in the rural regions of Australia.Arrive in Hyden to marvel at the iconic Wave Rock, a huge granite block resembling the shape of an Ocean wave – in the middle of the desert which has colorful etchings believed to be 2.63 billion years old. The Wave rock according to geologists was at one time under the ocean and over centuries the receding waters left marks on the rock, which can be seen even today. Please note presently the closest ocean waters are almost 250 km’s away at the closest point.Enjoy a light lunch in Hyden and an Eco-Walk up the Wave Rock to soak up the natural landscape and the wonderment of the surrounding countryside area.Explore Hippo’s Yawn Cave – a rock resembling a yawning African hippopotamus, that stands at over 12 meters tall.Pass through picturesque fruit orchards on the leisurely journey back to Perth.Enjoy the seasonal wildflowers of the area, in season from mid-July to October.After a wonderful day out travel back to Perth through fruit orchards & other local towns. This tour concludes either at your accommodation or you can choose to be dropped off at another location within Perth CBD.For urgent bookings during the weekend or within 24 hours, call us on +61 08 9221 2400.

$129.81 Private & Custom Tours

Wave Rock Private Tour

Start your journey with a hotel / accommodation / cruise terminal pick up at 08:00hrs. Sit, enjoy and relax while you driver / guide takes to an interesting journey. We drive East over the Perth hills on our way to York, the first inland settlement in Western Australia, for a visit to the historic York Town Hall and the suspension bridge over the Avon River and to have a coffee break (own expenses). Then we drive through the vast and scenic wheatbelt region, native bushland and sleepy wheatbelt towns making our way to Wave Rock, one of the oldest rock formations in the world, in a shape of a giant breaking ocean wave about 15 meters high and 200 metres long. Before visiting Wave Rock, the Gnamma Holes, Hippo's Yawn and the Magic Salt Lake we will stop at the cosy visitor centre cafe for lunch (own expenses). Back to Perth in the evening.Tour Duration: 11 hoursDepart hotel at 08:00hrs.Visit York, first inland settlement in Western Australia.York suspended bridge over the Avon River.Drive through the Wheat Belt Region.Corrigin Dog Cemetery - Stop.Wave Rock Cafe for lunch (own expense).Drive Through Salty Magic Lake.Visit Wave Rock. Photos and walk.Hippo's Yawn Cave.Return to Perth.