Byford – Armadale –Mundaring – York

Banksia on highway

Banksia on highway

I waited until peak hour would be over this morning before tackling the highway through Perth’s outer suburbs. Traffic was still quite heavy and I was pleased to hit the turnoff to York.  At the intersection of the main highways I saw the most magnificent banksias lining the highway.  On my way to York I heard on the radio that there had been a major smash at that intersection – I’d only missed it by ½ hour – Thank God!!

I’m back driving through the magical Salmon Gums and they are magnificent.  The road is much less busy and I can enjoy the drive for the first time in a couple of days.  I arrived in York and grabbed a map and started seeing the sights – beautiful old buildings (it is the oldest inland town in WA – first settled in 1831 – only two years after the Swan River colony). Convicts played a large part in the development of the York district, being introduced in 1851. The Convict Hiring Depot closed in 1874.

My favourite is the Town Hall – very opulent and the light on the walls was magic.  It was built in 1911, in Edwardian style, complete with columns, ornate façade and fanlight over the front entrance. There is The Sock Factory – the last remaining maker of socks in WA. They have a huge array of products as well as socks and it’s great to browse.  Penny Farthing Sweets is a treat but I was strong and didn’t get tempted (I’ve still got fudge!!)  St Patrick’s Catholic Church was beautiful and the stained glass was wonderful. The suspension (swinging) bridge has been rebuilt because of safety concerns, but the original was built by convicts in 1853.  It heads across the Avon River to the Anglican Church on the other side. There is a river walk which took me down the town side of the river to point out some historic points of interest then I walked over the Suspension Bridge to the Church. I’m camped for the night along the river bank at York.

Salmon Gums

Salmon Gums

York Welcome Sign

York Welcome Sign

York Westpac Bank

York Westpac Bank

Old Fire Station

Old Fire Station

York Town Hall

York Town Hall

York Streetscape

York Streetscape

Tatty Parrot Bakery

Tatty Parrot Bakery

York Anglican Church

York Anglican Church

1908 Building

1908 Building

York Penny Farthing Sweets

York Penny Farthing Sweets

York Catholic Church Stained Glass

York Catholic Church Stained Glass

York Catholic Church

York Catholic Church

Avon River

Avon River

Swinging Bridge

Swinging Bridge

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