York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated on the Avon River, 97 kilometres (60 mi) east of Perth in the Wheatbelt, on Ballardong Nyoongar land, and is the seat of the Shire of York. The name of the region was suggested by JS Clarkson during an expedition in October 1830 because of its similarity to his own county in England, York County. After thousands of years of occupation by Ballardong Nyoongar people, the area was first settled by Europeans in 1831, two years after Perth was settled in 1829. A town was established in 1835 with the release of town allotments and the first buildings were erected in 1836. The region was important throughout the 19th century for sheep and grain farming, sandalwood, and horse breeding. York boomed during the gold rush as it was one of the last rail stops before the walk to the goldfields. Today, the town attracts tourists for its beauty, history, buildings, festivals and art.

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Mount Brown Lookout

York Motor Museum

Pioneer Avon Park

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Hillside Country Retreat

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Courtyard Faversham House

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Location Information 

  • Elevation: 179
  • Population: 2548
  • State electorate(s): Central Wheatbelt
  • Federal Division(s): Pearce
  • Established (yr): 1835
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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