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Victorian architecture in the main street

I’m a member of Soroptimist International, a world-wide service club of business women. Out of sheer curiosity I had contacted the club in Perth, enquiring whether they had any club events during the period of our stay. In return, I received a very kind e-mail from one of their members: There were no events due, but she offered to meet us and take us on a tour of Perth’s surroundings by car.

The destination she chose for us was York, a small town about an hour’s drive inland.

York on the Avon river was founded in 1831 and claims to be the first inland settlement in Western Australia. When she called York a „very old“ place, however, those nasty Old Worlders that we are could not resist smiling.

York Town Hall
Our hometown Karlsruhe was founded in 1715 and is generally considered a „young“ city...

The small town has preserved a lot of historical architecture which is well restored and shows a pretty Victorian ambience.

We went for a walk along the main street, explored some side streets, and enjoyed the Victorian facades. The town hall is the most magnificent among many pretty buildings. York shows, okay a polished and dressed-up version of, what Australian towns looked like in the mid to late 19th century.

I hear the town hall is beautiful inside, too - when we visited there was an auction going on so we chose not to enter. We did not want to bid and buy something by mistake...

York Motor Museum is one of the town’s top attractions. Situated in the main street, the museum shows vintage cars, buses, motorbikes... The old red bus that is parking in front at the moment sometimes does tours of the town. It must be fun to ride. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to investigate this further.

The lookout on top of Mount Brown offers a wide view of the town, the Avon Valley and the hills of the Darling Ranges. The monument on the hilltop recalls the early pioneers who settled here in 1831.

Our host then drove us round Perth through some suburbs, with a stop at one of the beaches, where we had dinner in a beachside restaurant. 

vicIII says:
I like the Victorian architecture...You had a great stay there, good for you, Kathrin!
Posted on: Sep 28, 2017
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Victorian architecture in the main…
Victorian architecture in the mai…
York Town Hall
York Town Hall
Yorks main street
York's main street
York Motor Museum
York Motor Museum
York Motor Museum
York Motor Museum
Chapel of the Salvation Army
Chapel of the Salvation Army
Mount Brown lookout
Mount Brown lookout
Mount Brown lookout
Mount Brown lookout
Mount Brown lookout
Mount Brown lookout
York
photo by: Kathrin_E