Australia > Western Australia > York
After a 2-mth break for Ramadhan & Raya, we were back on the trail, this time to Perth. Btw, we did 2 trips in June, before Ramadhan — travelled to Mindanao PH, and did Sydney to Gold Coast drive along the Pacific Coast — but too lazy to do these stories here, sorry. Maybe later.
I was last in Perth in 1994, having visited the place earlier in 1984 with the missus. So for her, quite a nostalgic return to Perth after 28 years.
31 August 2012
While Malaysians are celebrating Hari Merdeka, we find ourselves at Perth International Airport as dawn breaks.
First thing’s first, collect rental car and get out into the beautiful countryside (we never like cities!). Some 30km later we are in Mundaring town, along the Great Eastern Highway, which goes all the way to Kalgoorlie, about 600km away to the east from Perth.
We do a simple brekky, splendid coffee and crispy croissants.
After Mundaring, there’s a junction in the middle of nowhere, and we take the Great Southern Highway (I love all these ‘great’ Aussie highways!), and soon, kilometres of rapeseed plantations (aka canola, source of vegetable cooking oil).
Not to mention beautiful wildflowers by the roadside. There’s this narrow window when the famous Western Australian wildflowers bloom, just after the winter rains and before the hot scorching summer … like now.
We are 96km east of Perth.
And the subject of today’s drive is … the historic town of York.
It’s the first ‘inland town’ in Western Australia, founded in 1831. Settled as a centre to produce food for the growing settlement in Perth back then, it was soon teeming with gold-fossickers and fortune-hunters.
Obviously named after York in England, it’s the seat of the Shire of York, much to the bemusement of the missus who did her masters at York University.
The classic town hall dates from 1911.
I always find the phrase ‘THIS STONE WAS LAID BY …’ oddly funny, esp, when ‘laid’ by a lady … but I digress.
The interior is solidly Mother-England-esque.
The Imperial Hotel is in an ancient 1886 building.
Note the intricately beautiful wrought iron railing. Pure Australiana.
And the cool verandah, homestead-style.
A one-street town indeed, little changed since the late 1800s, I bet.
Reminds me of Shaun!
Even the local service station tries its best to remain timeless.
Another late 1800s building along the main road.
Early 1900s, not too old then.
York, Western Australia, not the one in Yorkshire.
Nice cool covered footpath, to keep the hot summer heat away.
I wonder if I could really live and survive in this place … a month max, perhaps?
Where is York, WA?