Discover the best top things to do in Avon Valley, Australia including York Courthouse Complex, York Motor Museum, Penny Farthing Sweets, New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery, York Town Hall, York Visitor Centre, Mount Brown Lookout, York Residency Museum, Newcastle Gaol Museum, The Monastery.
4.5 based on 62 reviews
Explore the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts. From the lofty grandeur of the court room to the stark confines of the prison cells, the York Courthouse Complex tells the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts to the late twentieth century.
A step back in time it's fantastic. It has be renovated to the highest level. Bringing it back to yester year
4.5 based on 177 reviews
The only community owned and operated motor museum in Australia, we are dedicated towards preserving the history of Australian and world motoring vehicles in our heritage listed museum in York, Western Australia. We are also the home of the "Never Never Tours" Valiant ute used in the movie "Crocodile Dundee" and autographed by Paul Hogan on the dashboard.
This museum in York highstreet is the place to go if you are a classic car enthusiast. It has something of interest for most age groups and some old cars, carriages and motorbikes. Quite a trip down memory lane!
4.5 based on 104 reviews
local and imported sweets from all over the world. Very interesting unique display of York history, photos and handmade souveniers. Free tastings , open every day.We no longer sell the York made icecream,but you can get it from York Olive Oil Company just 7ks from town.
Fantastic service with decisions that fits everyone’s sweet tooth. Everything in their shop has a meaning behind it great to hear the stories.
4.5 based on 162 reviews
A group of 50 seniors visited new Norcia today on a day trip organized by Hello World, Alexander Heights. I have wanted to visit for 45 years and it has taken Covid restrictions for me to visit our own back yard. It is the only Monastic town in Australia and its history is extremely interesting. The old historical buildings have a beautiful architectural style and there are three beautiful churches with beautiful paintings in them. One almost like a mini Sistine Chapel. Being less that two hours from Perth it is an interesting drive through farming country, and you see the DISK as you drive up. Actually I would even recommend it for a weekend stay in the excellent hotel that they have there. Our meal was excellent on a beautiful laid tables, and tea served in the most colorful cup and pots. Reasonably priced I would recommend that as many people from Western Australia consider visiting, and even spending a weekend there. Stop at the Bindoon bakery on your drive there. I certainly will be doing it. David Schokman.
4.5 based on 136 reviews
This is a beautiful building well worth starting off at.Very friendly knowledgable staff and full of history.
4.5 based on 51 reviews
The Visitor Centre is generally our first stop when looking for additional information and directions to local attractions. With Covid restrictions, websites are not always up to date as we discovered after arriving in York on the Sunday afternoon. Somewhat frustrated, I visited the Centre on the Monday where a lovely lady, Beck, provided updated information and suggested a number of other attractions that were open to visitors in the York district. Just brilliant and ensured that our three days could be full of attractions to see and visit. Other staff equally as engaging and helpful later on. Good range of souvenirs and small gifts available. Great range of brochures. Free wifi a boon.
4.5 based on 182 reviews
We went up to the lookout during the day and the panoramic view of York, Avon Valley, Mount Bakewell and the surrounds was just beautiful. Worth a visit.
4.5 based on 38 reviews
The museum itself has an interesting history. It dates to the 1850's, initially serving as the Depot Superintendent's Quarters (the last remaining part of York's Convict Depot), then the home of the Resident Magistrate, was incorporated into the old York hospital as maternity rooms, then the Matron's Quarters and became a museum in 1972. I love it when historic buildings are renovated, restored and retained. The interior houses a diverse range of exhibits covering York's history; shackles, the bell of St John's, old tools, kitchen utensils, etc. Some I was familiar with, the open fireplace and array of pots and pans, the butter churn and some others which were features of Irish households in the not too distant past. Wonderful that the York Society and Shire place such a value on the history of the district.
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Marvellous complex to visit and take a step back in time and view the cells, stables, machinery shed, etc. Great exhibits with cells displaying law & order, living in Toodyay, Dorizzi Brothers Memorial Cell, Native Cell, Trades & Textiles and Moondyne Joe, perhaps West Australia's most fames or notorious felon. The stables house a collection of wagons and a fire cart plus various items of horse tack. The machinery shed was constructed in 1962 to house various agricultural machinery. The Wicklow Shearing Shed is a reproduction of the shed that existed on the Wicklow Hills property and was constructed with materials largely salvaged from the old shed. The gaol dates to 1865 and became a private residence upon its closure in 1907 through to the 1940's. Special mention of Barry, the volunteer extraordinaire on the day for his enthusiasm and knowledge.
4.5 based on 51 reviews
Husband and I stayed one night in the Guesthouse during our recent wildflower escapade. We did the 2 hour town tour with Gary, our guide. He is very passionate about preservation of the place and knows the history very well presenting it in an informal manner. He even gave us a piano recital. The town oozes serenity and hopefully it will get restored to its former glory. It is the only Monastic town in Western Australia and deserves to be looked after Our accommodation in the Guesthouse was basic, clean and in very pleasant surroundings. The beds and pillows are very comfortable. We attended the nightly vespers and had dinner in the dining room which was soup for entree and rissoles and salad for mains. The bread was baked at the New Norcia Bakery known for beautiful bread and it didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of food so nobody went hungry. It was nice just to walk around the grounds and feel the peace. The church bells weren’t working when we were there and we hope they will be repaired soon as it will add to the feel of the place to hear them
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