Where to go in Wheatbelt Region?

It was another fulfilling journey that I had in my third day in Perth which was my second day tour. As I am searching what’s common to all towns that we visited in the tour that will describe most of the areas, I found the common thing that I can say about the towns of York, Quaraiding, Corrigin and Hyden. I learned that all of the towns are belong in one region named Wheatbelt Region. It is one of the major regions in Western Australia that most of its land area are focused in agriculture.

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Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

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Perth Arena

From my hotel in Perth, I was picked-up by big tour bus, which I thought after I jumping into it and after picking up other passengers, we will be driving straight to the tour, but our bus dropped off us at Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, which for me a few minutes opportunity to see the other parts of Perth. The location became the hub of all the tourist that will join tours for that day in the same company tour. And its a good strategy as all their tourist, whichever tour they will join, just need to switch to another bus that assigned for the right tour and voila, all where picked-up in one place before heading to the tour. Therefore, after I went outside the bus that picked me up in the hotel, I checked which bus will go to my tour which not hard to see and we just queued for few minutes. Then, our tour guide calls the name on his list and when my name was called, I jumped into the bus, the bus that will bring me to my next travel tour in Wave Rock located in Hyden.

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Windan Bridge and Swan River

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Windan Bridge and Optus Stadium

From Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, we took Graham Farmer Freeway, Windan Bridge, Great Eastern Highway Bypass, Great Eastern Highway and Great Southern Highway to reach York.

Our driver and tour guide, while we took Graham Farmer Freeway or Northbridge Tunnel just mentioned that tunnel itself has town above it, which an amazing information that was given to us that time. Well it was not surprising anymore that around the world, the tunnels in the metro or the city has buildings and establishments above it.

1. York

First inland town in the state of Western Australia found near the Avon River and part of Avon Valley. This town is full of historical and heritage buildings along Avon Terrace. Stopping here is a worth thing to do and will not regret visiting the historical town.

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York Town Hall

After stopping at York, the tour continues. And we had few stops between York and Hyden for some unique tourist spots and discovered things along the way.

2. Quaraiding

Quaraiding is a farming community which can be found along York-Quaraiding Road which both sides offers beautiful green scenery. The name Quairading, is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kwirading’ meaning the home of a small bush kangaroo.

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Rabbit-Proof Fence (State Barrier Fence of Western Australia) – World’s Longest Fence

3. Corrigin

Corrigin is widely known as a ‘Town of Windmills’ due to the abundant supply of ground water. Almost every home had a windmill until 1960 when the town was supplied with scheme water. Like Quaraiding, the community is also located at the central Wheatbelt region.

After a quick stop at Quaraidang, we returned to the bus and we were back in the road. When we were at Corrigin-Quaraiding Road, we turned left to Brookton-Corrigin Road, and stopped along that road near Jose Road where saw a unique and interesting cemetery.

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Corrigin Dog Cemetery

4. Hyden

The last town that we had visited was Hyden, the home of major tourist spots such as Hippo’s Yawn, Wave Rock and Mulka’s Cave. This town in Wheatbelt Region enjoys the visits of more than hundred visitors every year. The town has been part of ancient river system that exist in Western Australia where its visible remnants are the salt lakes astray in the town.

a. Hippo’s Yawn

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b. Wildflower Shoppe Cafe

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c. Wave Rock Wildlife Park

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d. Hyden Rock

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e. Wave Rock

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f. The Humps and Mulka’s Cave

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Hyden – Home of Spectacular Wave Rock

When we reached Hyden, the town where the famous Wave Rock and other tourist spots such as Hippo’s Yawn and Mulka’s Cave are located, my excitement heightened. Because of the same interesting tourist spots, the town became famous to visitors and guests, and being enjoyed with over hundred fifty thousand visitors every year.

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Hippo’s Yawn 

Our first stop in Hyden was not far from Wave Rock. We stopped here to have a quick look of the famous rock called Hippo’s Yawn which said to be connected to Wave Rock. Many visitors are curious to see the rock as it is one of the tourist spot to enjoy in the area and a great place for photo souvenir. The name of the rock derived as it is because the rock shape shows its resemblance to the yawning hippopotamus.

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Hippo’s Yawn

After a short visit at Hippo’s Yawn, the next destination of our group was for our lunch. We arrived at the Wildflower Shoppe and Wave Rock Cafe where it consist of many establishments inside of it, all of businesses inside are related to tourism. Its location is just at the other side of Wave Rock Road and incorporates the Wave Rock Visitor Centre, Cafe and Country Kitchen, Wildlife Park, Wildflower and Souvenir Shoppe, Lace Place, and Tours and Airport Booking Office.

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Along Wave Rock Road

Wildflower Shoppe Cafe

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Our group had pre booked lunch at Country Kitchen where we had a buffet lunch. During lunch, I was able to mingle with other tourists. When I was done with my lunch, I explored the place and found lots of interesting stuff inside it. The shops inside sells different kinds of unique things as souvenirs and gifts.

Model T Ford (1919)

One of the noticeable displays seen inside the Wildflower Shoppe & Wave Rock Cafe is a vintage car that is Model T Ford (1919). The classic vehicle became a great spot for visitors photo souvenir shot where I had one for myself.

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Model T Ford (1919)

Wave Rock Wildlife Park

The entrance of Wave Rock Wildlife Park is in Wildflower Shoppe, I explored it after lunch time. I thought its just like a mini-zoo, but the park is three hectares of natural bush land which nice haven for the native and exotic animals. During the visit, I found an interesting creatures that I haven’t seen by my naked eyes before.

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At the Entrance to the Wildlife Park

Bobtail Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa)

I found a little creature called bobtail lizard, while exploring the park and it’s not inside of any fence. I had a chance to see it up close and its like wildlife animal enjoying its freedom. This Tiliqua rugosa which is another name of it is also known as shinglebacks, stumpy tails, pinecone lizards and boggi.

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Bobtail Lizard

Some of the animals that I was able to capture with my camera in Wildlife Park were black swan, sulphur-crested cockatoos and wombat.

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Black Swan

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

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Wombat

Hyden Rock

After visiting the Wildlife Park, we returned to our bus to visit Hyden Rock where the Wave Rock can be found. The drive towards the rock was just few minutes from Wildflower Shoppe since it’s just around the corner. We reached the parking lot and then we walked towards Hyden Rock. I was really excited at that time because I knew for myself that in few minutes I will be able to reach and see the main feature of the tour which is the Wave Rock. During the visit in the area, I was able to do Wave Rock Walk and Hyden Rock Walk.

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At Parking

Wave Rock Walk

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Information Board

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Looking towards the parking

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Looking towards the Wave Rock

Wave Rock

The Wave Rock Walk starts from the parking lot up to the Wave Rock itself. Wave Rock is a natural rock formation, a granite cliff with 15 meters high and 110 meters longs with a shape of tall breaking ocean wave. Its shaped has been caused by weathering and water erosion which have undercut the base and left the rounded overhang. It has cultural significance to one of the aboriginal people called Ballardong, and they believed to be created by rainbow serpent (often seen as creator god in aboriginal religions in Australia) when it dragged its swollen body after consuming all the water in the land.

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Wave Rock

After enjoying the Wave Rock, I had a chance to trek the Hyden Rock following the Hyden Rock Walking Trail which gave me a chance to see more about the rock and its surrounding areas from the top. I enjoyed my time and took a lot of photos including the Lake Magic from a distance and other chain of salt lakes.

Hyden Rock Walk

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Walking Trail Towards the top of Hyden Rock

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Hyden Dam – are now used as backup to the town water supply

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Chain of salt lakes

Lake Magic and The Humps

Some information learned about the said lake are its clear salty water and the its base is made of gypsum which also used as fertilizer. The lake is just 1 km distance from Wave Rock.

From a distance, I had seen what they used to call The Humps where Mulka’s Cave can be found and also features walking trails similar to Hyden Rock.

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Lake Magic (at the middle) and The Humps (hill from a distance)

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Some parts of Hyden Rocks

Low stone walls above Hyden Rock was built in 1928 to channel water to Hyden Dam, up on the outcrop.

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Catchment Walls

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Farms

The Humps and Mulka’s Cave

After spending time in Wave Rock, the next destination we visited is what they call “The Humps” which is another similar large granite outcrops exist just 16km distance. It is the location where Mulka’s Cave is located. And the details of the legend of Mulka are displayed.

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The Legend of Mulka

The legend of Mulka has major regional importance. Different aspects focus on different parts of Noongar culture, but the story that follows contains the key elements of the myth:

Mulka was the fruit of love between man and woman with forbidden marriage. He was born with crossed eyes that hinders him to become successful hunter. Because of this, he turned to eat children that caused his community to condemn him. Then, he lived in Mulka’s Cave. He even killed his own mother whom really worried about him. Aboriginal people hunt him down until he was caught in Dumbleyung. They left his body for the ants – a punishment for those who break the law.

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“Mulka was the illegitimate son of a woman who fell in love with a man to whom marriage was forbidden. As a result, Mulka was born with crossed eyes. Even though he grew-up to be outstanding man of colossal height, his crossed eyes prevented him from aiming a spear accurately and becoming a successful hunter.

Out of frustration Mulka turned to catching and eating human children, and he became the terror of the district. He lived in Mulka’s Cave, where the impressions of his hands can still be seen much higher than those of an ordinary man.

His mother became increasingly concerned with Mulka, and when she scolded him for his anti-social behaviour, he turned on his own mother and killed her. This disgraced him even more and he fled the cave, heading south.

Aboriginal people were outraged by Mulka’s behaviour and set out to track down the man who had flouted all the rules. They finally caught him near Dumbleyung, 156 km south west of Hyden. Becaue he did not deserve a proper ritual burial, they left his body for the ants – a grim warning to those who break the law”

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Mulka’s Cave

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To Mulka’s Cave

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Mulka’s Cave

The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Below are the excerpt that I got from the information board that I had chance to capture.

Mulka’s Cave contains the largest collection of Aboriginal paintings in the south-west of Western Australia. Hand stencils and other motifs occur quite commonly in the region, but while most other sites have fewer than 20 there are over 450 at Mulka’s Cave. This is a clear indication of the significance of the site and the associated myths that connect the areas from the desert of the coast.

Most of the artwork takes the form of hand stencils. These are made by placing the hand on the rock then blowing over with pigment. When the hand is removed a negative impression remains. The reason for making hand stencils are many, but principally they are a form of signature left by those who had rights to an area.

When the cave was studied through mapping and recording, they were able to summarize the result:

A Summary Of The Artwork In The Cave

1. Total of 452 motifs were recorded – front chamber has 131, main chamber has 318 and rear shelter has 3

2. Eighteen distinct motif types plotted, 69% of total (313 in all)

3. Solid sprayed areas are another feature, while other motifs are small simple graphics.

4. Left hand outnumbered right hand with a ration of 3:2

5. Four different techniques were recorded, with stenciling dominating (86%)

6. Printing for 8%, painting for 5%, and drawing for 1%

7. Seven colors were recorded, purple-red for 50%, white for 25%, orange-red  for 10% and the remaining being divided  between brown red , yellow, cream and orange.

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The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Before we finally return to Perth, along Lovering Road near Lake Gounter Nature Reserve before reaching the town center of Hyden we did stop along the way to checkout some wildflowers which only blossom during spring season. And there we found lots of pigface flowers or carpobrotus. The other name used for this flower are ice plant, sour fig, and hottentot fig.

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Pigface (Carpobrotus)

Spending time in Hyden for me was a well worth one. There are other places that I haven’t seen due to time limit that we had. I suggest to spend at least whole day in the town to appreciate it more.

Until then.

Notes :
1. Plan to visit Hyden ? Please check latest information here.
2. Location : Hyden, Western Australia, Australia
3. Directions to the town of Hyden:
Transportation :
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Drive towards Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Hyden , Wave Rock

Featuring Our World : Hyden Rock

Featuring Our World (Post#21) : Hyden Rock

Photos of the day are all about Hyden Rock where the famous Wave Rock can be found. Wave Rock is the main feature of Hyden Rock but one of the activity to appreciate Hyden Rock is to trek itself like climbing a hill. Well Hyden Rock is considered as hill. And when reaching the top, a beautiful scenery of landscapes that surrounds the rock can be seen. Lake Magic is one of the existing lakes that can be seen from the top. And the salt lakes remnants (seen as white areas in the photos) as the area were known to be part of ancient river system. Hyden Dam can also found within Hyden Rock and visible at the top of the rock where its water are collected during rainy season through catchment walls from the two main domes. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Hyden Dam

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Catchment Walls

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Chain of salt lakes (dried white land) and Lake Magic (largest lake in some photos)

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At the top of Hyden Rock and landscape scenery from it

Notes :
Photo : Hyden Rock Top Scenery, landscape
Location : Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Hyden Rock Walk

Arts and Craft : The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Arts and Craft (Post#25) : The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave

Photos of the day are all about “The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave”. Below are the excerpt that I got from the information board that I had chance to capture. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

Mulka’s Cave contains the largest collection of Aboriginal paintings in the south-west of Western Australia. Hand stencils and other motifs occur quite commonly in the region, but while most other sites have fewer than 20 there are over 450 at Mulka’s Cave. This is a clear indication of the significance of the site and the associated myths that connect the areas from the desert of the coast.

Most of the artwork takes the form of hand stencils. These are made by placing the hand on the rock then blowing over with pigment. When the hand is removed a negative impression remains. The reason for making hand stencils are many, but principally they are a form of signature left by those who had rights to an area.

When the cave was studied through mapping and recording, they were able to summarize the result:

A Summary Of The Artwork In The Cave

1. Total of 452 motifs were recorded – front chamber has 131, main chamber has 318 and rear shelter has 3

2. Eighteen distinct motif types plotted, 69% of total (313 in all)

3. Solid sprayed areas are another feature, while other motifs are small simple graphics.

4. Left hand outnumbered right hand with a ration of 3:2

5. Four different techniques were recorded, with stenciling dominating (86%)

6. Printing for 8%, painting for 5%, and drawing for 1%

7. Seven colors were recorded, purple-red for 50%, white for 25%, orange-red  for 10% and the remaining being divided  between brown red , yellow, cream and orange.

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Notes :
Photo : arts, craft, aborignal arts, stencil arts, hand stencil arts, aboriginal paintings, The Art Work of Mulka’s Cave
Location : Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Wave Rock

Something To Look At : The Legend of Mulka

Something To Look At (Post#21) : The Legend of Mulka

Photo of the day is about “The Legend of Mulka”. Mulka was the fruit of love between man and woman with forbidden marriage. He was born with crossed eyes that hinders him to become successful hunter. Because of this, he turned to eat children that caused his community to condemn him. Then, he lived in Mulka’s Cave. He even killed his own mother whom really worried about him. Aboriginal people hunt him down until he was caught in Dumbleyung. They left his body for the ants – a punishment for those who break the law. The photo is part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : legend, story, The Legend of Mulka
Location : Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Wave Rock

Natural Wonders : Wave Rock

Natural Wonders (Post#7) : Wave Rock

Photos of the day are all about Wave Rock which is part of Hyden Rock. It is a natural rock formation, a granite cliff with 15 meters high and 110 meters longs with a shape of tall breaking ocean wave. Its shaped has been caused by weathering and water erosion which have undercut the base and left the rounded overhang. It has cultural significance to one of the aboriginal people called Ballardong. And believed to be created by rainbow serpent (often seen as creator god in aboriginal religions in Australia) when it dragged its swollen body after consuming all the water in the land. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : rock, Wave Rock, Hyden Rock
Location : Wave Rock Rd, Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Wave Rock Rd, Hyden WA 6359, Australia
Official Website : Wave Rock

Life Of Others : Corrigin Dog Cemetery

Life Of Others (Post#22) : Corrigin Dog Cemetery

Photos of the day are all about Corrigin Dog Cemetery. To be honest, this was the first cemetery that I had known to exist and realized that there is such one. A cemetery for the dog which can be found in the town of Corrigin in Western Australia which established in 1974. The Dog Cemetery is a tribute to Man’s Best Friend and is unique to the town. Currently there are over 200 dogs entombed in the cemetery. Paddy Wright started the cemetery and late Alan Henderson contributed in beautifying the graves. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : dog cemetery, Corrigin Dog Cemetery
Location : Jose Rd, Corrigin WA 6375, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Jose Rd, Corrigin WA 6375, Australia
Official Website : None

Discovery : Rabbit-Proof Fence (State Barrier Fence of Western Australia)

Discovery (Post#64) : Rabbit-Proof Fence (State Barrier Fence of Western Australia)

Photos of the day are all about Rabbit-Proof Fence (now called as State Barrier Fence of Western Australia). This fence is the Longest Fence in the World. The fence is a pest-exclusion fence built from 1901-1907 used to keep away rabbits and other agricultural pest from east out of Western Australia. The fences were also previously know as State Vermin Fence and Emu Fence. There are three fences, No.1 Fence which starts from Starvation Bay, west of Esperance on the south coast, to the Ninety Mile Beach, east of Port Hedland. When there were rabbits found passed the No.1 Fence, the No. 2 Fence built which started to Cunderlin and move north to meet No.1 Fence then from Cunderlin to Point Anne on the south coast. The No.3 Fence starts from south of Kalbarri in west coast to meet No.2 Fence in Woogalong. All fences completed in 1907. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : street billboard, fence name, rabbit-proof fence, vermin fence, emu fence, State Barrier Fence of Western Australia
Location : Corrigin-Quaraiding Road, WA, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Drive towards Corrigin-Quaraiding Road
Official Website : None

York – Oldest Inland Historic Town in Western Australia

York_sSecond day tour that I signed-up was estimated 1-hour shorter than my first day tour from Perth. But generally, the time spent in the tour, I can say it was almost the same. If the first day tour I had, went to south of Perth, the second day tour went to east of Perth, in Wheatbelt Region. The first stop of the tour was York, the oldest inland town in Western Australia state and located in Avon Valley. I already mentioned the name “Avon” in my previous photo post (Swan River). And then I realized that the Avon River where Swan River is connected also passing the town of York within the Avon Valley.

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Stone commemorates the arrival of Ensign Robert Dale (which can be found in York Courthouse Complex)

Historically, the town of York has been discovered in 1830 when Ensign Robert Dale led a small party of exploratory journey over Darling Range (now Avon Valley). Then, a second party led by Lieutenant-Governor Sterling describe the land as “the finest imaginable sheep-land”. Then, the York name came from Yorkshire because of hills and valleys.

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Avon Terrace

Our bus parked along Avon Terrace in the corner of South Street just beside the Sargent’s Pharmacy heritage building. During the tour, I am only aware that we are going where Wave Rock is, but when we got out of the bus and our guide gave us time to explore this historic town in Avon Valley. I got curious. Though I was not aware at that time where we are exactly aside from the name of the town which is York. I walked towards Joaquina Street.

York CRC Mosaic Art

The colourful mosaic art in the wall of York CRC (Community Resource Center) along Avon Terrace caught my attention and captured a photo of it. Based on the information that I looked-up about this mosaic art, it’s a group effort of talented people who volunteered to make this for York CRC. This has been installed in the wall last 2016.

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And I walked again and only stopped when I saw a building nearby. Honestly, during the visit, I only knew that we were exploring historic town of York, but I was not aware which building are heritage or not, but by just looking at each building that I passed on, one thing I can say that most or probably all buildings along Avon Terrace are historical or heritage building.

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York CRC

Imperial Hotel

Looking at the information about Imperial Hotel, I was amazed how old the building is. Though time-tested which resulted to some changes of what it has originally, still shows how the materials used to build it were reliable since the building still standing up to this time. The building was built because of a demand of additional accommodation at the time when Eastern Railway opened in 1885 where the hotel located just few minutes walk from York Station (Joaquina Street Station). It opened its doors to guest in 1886 that made this hotel 132 years old as of this writing. But we knew that if the old town has story, the building has story as well. If the building experience its glory, it has also time for its down where it has been closed. During the tour, the building was closed and just recently back in business when it was bought and renovated by group of farmers in the town with the objective to put the hotel back in business and to attract visitors to York.

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York Town Hall

Reaching Joaquina Street, gave me a chance to see the magnificent building called Town Hall in York. I admired the grand architecture design of the building. I think it is the most fascinating structure built in York as it has Federation Free Classical style and located in the corner of Avon Terrace and Joaquina Street, the other side of the corner where Imperial Hotel stands. Historically, it was a former Mechanics Institute and converted to a Town Hall in 1911. The heritage hotel considered to be the most impressive building in York. Because York Visitor Centre is inside this magnificent building, anyone has a chance to get inside to have a glimpse of the town hall. Based on history, at the time that this building was built, it has the largest public halls in Western Australia.

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While I was in Joaquina Street, I tried to walk further to check if I can still see other heritage building in the said street and after passing Shire of York office, I saw Masonic Hall or Freemason’s Hall building.

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Shire of York

Masonic Hall / Freemasons’ Hall / Lodge No.5 of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia

Based on the tablet in the wall that can be seen in the building, the heritage building was built for the independent Order of Oddfellows in 1887, then sold in 1925 to a similar society, the Freemasons. The building became Lodge No.5 of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia. And its architectural design categorized as Victorian Classical Revival Style.

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[York] Castle Hotel

I returned to Avon Terrace to continue my exploration in the town and stopped again when I saw another heritage buildings. One of them was York Castle Hotel or simply Castle Hotel is located in the corner of South Street and Avon Terrace. Based on history, this hotel is the oldest inland hotel not only in the town but in the whole state of Western Australia which has been established in 1853 and managed by Craig family until 1990. As of this writing, this historical hotel still in business and offers combinations of accommodations, shops, bistro, bars and swimming pool.

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Sargent’s Pharmacy

The opposite building of Castle Hotel which also stands in the corner of South Street and Avon Terrace is called Sargent’s Pharmacy. The name of the building was after Obeithio Sargent who built the shop in 1904. His family lives in the top floor while the pharmacy in the ground floor. His son named Oswald Hewlett Sargent who was also trained as pharmacist and his wife Gertrude Victoria Onions continue the pharmacy business. Historically, Oswald received the first Webster Memorial Prize for achieving the highest marks in the final examinations and his collection of plants became part of Western Australian Herbarium.

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The Davies Building

Another heritage building opposite of Sargent’s Pharmacy and Castle Hotel, still in the corner of Avon Terrace and South Street, Davies Building can be found. The building was built in 1908 as improved of former business Garden Valley Fruit Palace that was built in 1903 which stands in the same site and owned by the same person William Thomas Davies. The historic two face clock that the mayor of York at that time requested to be installed in Town Hall but did not happen are still visible along Avon Terrace.

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So far, the walk for me was still satisfying, even though I walked along Avon Terrace in current modern time, imagining what the road will look like after more than 100 years was kind of intriguing. Seeing a heritage or building to survive after a long time was a fascinating and worth learning. As I continued my walk along the historic road hoping to see more heritage and historic buildings, it seems my hope and wish were granted as more old buildings still standing waiting to be seen and appreciated.

York & Districts Co-Op

Another heritage building in the town called York Co-op became familiar with lots of people as it was a market place, where people exchange money and goods. In 1872, William Edwards Junior constructed the single story as a new place for his stores which previously located near in Castle Hotel. His sons named Charles and Kenneth continued the business until 1936. In 1950’s, the York and Districts Co-Operative purchased the building as an outlet for produce from local farms (now an IGA-Independent Grocers of Australia) which pushed the interior of the building to be change to accommodate the needs of modern supermarket. The outside of it such as balustrades and archways that framed the original verandah are still intact and visible.

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Settlers Front Shop & Settlers Gift Shop

Not far from York Co-Op building, the next building to see was Settlers Front Shop and Settlers Gift Shop. The two buildings are part of heritage building called Settlers House & Village which I missed to see as I was only able to capture photos of building that stands along Avon Terrace. One of the thing that was fascinating to learn about it was that these were also owned by Craig family, the one who owns the Castle Hotel. Widowed Mary Craig bought it as she saw an opportunity of the business. In 1877, it was leased by George Inkpen for district’s first newspaper – Eastern District Chronicle. Then, Inkpen family bought the property in 1929 where the whole building called as Inkpen Building. Only in 1972 where its name change to Settler’s House.

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Settlers Front Shop

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Settlers Gift Shop

York Hotel (Palace Hotel)

This hotel along Avon Terrace has a different story to tell, as the old times, it reflects or remind people the controversy or scandal that relates to the building. York Hotel was built by a former farmer named Matthew Ryan and called it as Palace Hotel. And at that time, the hotel was considered luxurious because of its tiles, fittings and furnishings. But such splendid hotel comes with a price. Mr. Ryan had financial difficulties which resulted him to mortgage the building to a pastoral company. In the end, the hotel was sold but Mr. Ryan still stayed in the hotel and did not want to leave the property. There were news that he even threatened the new owner of the hotel. They heard at that time that Mr. Ryan will blow-up the hotel if he was forced to leave the premises. Then, he got arrested and police found evidence of this plans. But Mr. Ryan went into trial but his claim and explanation was changed which made him found not guilty on the incident. The name of the hotel changed to York Hotel after it was bought by Swan Brewery in 1937. Some parts of hotel has already been changed since its renovations in 1990s with the new owner named Mr. John Hay.

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The Old Fire Station (York, WA)

This building was a former Council of Chambers and when the municipal council moved to its new location – Town Hall, it was bought by Mr. William Thomas Davies (the owner of Davies Building). A great discovery about Mr. Davies was he sold the building to Fire Brigade without a profit, it was like a donation. Currently the Fire Brigade already moved to its modern home in Henrietta Street. The heritage building is now used as community centre and owned privately.

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Western Australian Bank

Western Australian Bank building is the building that considered unchanging because it’s almost remain the same since 1889. And the unique about this building is, it has always been a bank building ever since up to this day. It was home for decades for York branch of Western Australian Bank (now Bankwest), then followed by Bank of New South Wales, and Challenge banks. Currently the building is being used as Westpac bank.

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York Post Office

As I was looking for information about this building, I crossed with the name for the second time with the designer of the building – George Temple Poole. Then, I remembered where I first encountered its name, it was the time that I was writing about “The Perth Mint” heritage building. This post office and even the York Courthouse were both designed by the same person, and looking at the design of the post office, there is part of it that has resemblance on the mint building. This building’s foundation has been laid in 1893 by the first Premier of Western Australia – John Forrest. The first post office was built in 1866 but its original building didn’t last that long but still made York Post Office to have the long period of unbroken postal service.

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York Courthouse Complex

Another heritage building beside York Post Office is York Courthouse Complex. Looking at the structure of both building, at first I thought it was just one whole complex, but I realized that the post office is a separated building. This building hosted both the police station and a courthouse where lots of cases has been served since 1852 until 1981 where the police station moved to its new home.

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The Old Backpackers & Union Bank

As I do not have photos of it separately so I combine featuring them here. First, about Old Backpackers, is one of the building that had been re-purposed many times. If only walls can talk, most likely it already told us a lot of things happened inside the building. This building started as Gentleman’s club in 1884, then it became Dinsdale Shop (after owners William and Alfred Dinsdale) and also run as a temperance boarding house by Mrs. Charlotte Pyke – wife of Albert Pyke (manager of Settler’s House). It also became antique restorer, a shirt factory, a tailor, a saddler, an importer, a wartime tent-making factory and a block of flats. Most recently it housed a backpackers’ hostel. And finally about Union Bank building, it’s almost the same with Old Backpackers with lots of functional history. This building, was branch of Union Bank of Australia in 1878. From 1951 to 1996, it became an Australia and New Zealand Bank branch. After that, it became a jewelry shop and factory. And currently the building is a veterinary clinic. Both buildings still standing at this time and its amazing how these buildings is more than hundred years of time. 

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Old Backpackers (Left) and Union Bank (Right)

York Motor Museum

At first, this building was known as Windsor Building after Mr. J.C. Windsor who built it in 19th century. But then, it was mostly known as Ford Dealership in Western Australia. Currently, the building is now served as York Motor Museum since 1981, when Peter Briggs and James Harwood founded the museum in 1979 to display their collection of 140 vehicles. The museum also displays the finest private collections of veteran, vintage, classic and racing cars in Australia. 

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Other Old Buildings

Central Building

This building still standing along Avon Terrace are the Central Buildings. The section on the left was built in 1907 while the section on the right built in 1892.

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Collins Building

Next to the Davies Building is the Collins Buildings and the building was erected in 1907 as shops.

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Notes :
1. Plan to visit York ? Please check latest information here
2. Location : York, Western Australia, Australia
3. Directions to the town of York:
a. Join Day Tours from Perth or
b. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town or
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : York

Name Of The Place : Avon Terrace (with Joaquina Street)

Name Of The Place (Post#58) : Avon Terrace (with Joaquina Street)

Photo of the day is about the name of the street called Avon Terrace with Joaquina Street. I wanted to feature the names of the street here specially the Avon Terrace because, it’s the street or road where most of the heritage building in the town of York can be found. This road witnessed how the small town became alive during the gold rush period in Western Australia. The street had seen the changes and growth came to the town. If the road can speak, it will tell us a lot of stories occurred along the road and surrounding places. The business district of the town arise along Avon Terrace. In Joaquina Street, you will find York Shire building, Masonic Hall (Freemason’s Hall) and York Station. The photo is part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : street sign, street name, Joaquina Street, Avon Terrace
Location : 116 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Theme : Heritage Building – Masonic Hall (Freemasons’ Hall)

Theme (Post#19) : Heritage Building – Masonic Hall (Freemasons’ Hall)

Photos of the day are all about Masonic Hall or Freemason’s Hall. Based on the tablet in the wall that can be seen in the building, the heritage building was built for the independent Order of Oddfellows in 1887, then sold in 1925 to a similar society, the Freemasons. The building became Lodge No.5 of the Grand Lodge of Western Australia. And its architectural design categorized as Victorian Classical Revival Style. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, Masonic Hall or Freemason’s Hall
Location : 3 Juaquina Street, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Theme : Heritage Building – York Motor Museum

Theme (Post#18) : Heritage Building – York Motor Museum

Photos of the day are all about about York Motor Museum. At first, this building was known as Windsor Building after Mr. J.C. Windsor who built it in 19th century. But then, it was mostly known as Ford Dealership in Western Australia. Currently, the building is now served as York Motor Museum since 1981, when Peter Briggs and James Harwood founded the museum in 1979 to display their collection of 140 vehicles. The museum also displays the finest private collections of veteran, vintage, classic and racing cars in Australia. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, York Motor Museum
Location : 116 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Structure : York Courthouse Complex

Structure (Post#20) : York Courthouse Complex

Photos of the day are all about York Courthouse Complex. In 1852, the site has a building used to have police station and a cell block, then in 1859 the police station building extended to the right, while courthouse was added to the left. From then until 1890s the building constantly being modified. In 1895, the police station demolished and the new two-storey courthouse was built. Within the complex, the new police station built in 1908 and used the building until 1981. This courthouse host many cases, some dangerous, some harmless and often bizarre. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, York Courthouse Complex
Location : 132 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Structure : York Post Office – Oldest Surviving Post & Telegraph Building in Western Australia

Structure (Post#19) : York Post Office

Photos of the day are all about York Post Office. This building’s foundation has been laid in 1893 by the first Premier of Western Australia – John Forrest. The first post office was built in 1866 but its original building didn’t last that long but still made York Post Office to have the long period of unbroken postal service. The original building has been replaced by this building which used stones and bricks that was not familiar at that time. One of the newspaper (Eastern Districts Chronicle – newspaper company leased the Settlers House & York heritage building) made a laughing-stock news about its design. At the front of the Post Office can be found the two early style red phone boxes and an original mail box. And on the roof ridge behind the clock, the weather vane that was reputed to have been salvaged from a demolished local flour mill built in 1849 by Solomon Cook (shipwright, blacksmith and engineer from USA lived in York and became Australian). These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, York Post Office
Location : 134 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Theme : Heritage Building – Western Australian Bank

Theme (Post#16) : Heritage Building – Western Australian Bank

Photos of the day are all about Western Australian Bank. This heritage building considered to remain the same since 1889 and has always been a bank ever since. It was home for decades for York branch of Western Australian Bank (now Bankwest), then followed by Bank of New South Wales, Challenge, and Westpac banks. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, Western Australian Bank
Location : 147 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Chromatic Outlook – The Old Fire Station (York, WA)

Chromatic Outlook (Post#52) – The Old Fire Station (York, WA)

Photos of the day are all about the Old Fire Station in York. This heritage building was formerly known as Council of Chambers which declared by previous governor of Western Australia, Gerald Smith. It was developed for municipal council meeting as they just used Oddfellow’s Hall (now Masonic Hall) and Mechanics Institute (now Town Hall). In 1911, the council moved to newly built Town Hall and this building sold to Mr. William Thomas Davies (the owner of Davies Building which I posted here). A great discovery about Mr. Davies was he sold the building to Fire Brigade without a profit, it was like a donation. Currently the Fire Brigade already move to its modern home in Henrietta Street. The building is now used as community centre and owned privately. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, The Old Fire Station
Location : 151 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Discovery : York Hotel (formerly known as Palace Hotel)

Discovery (Post#63) : York Hotel (formerly known as Palace Hotel)

Photo of the day is about York Hotel which previously known as Palace Hotel. This hotel was built by a former farmer named Matthew Ryan. And at that time, the hotel was considered luxurious because of its tiles, fitting and furnishings. But such splendid hotel did not come in cheap. Mr. Ryan had financial difficulties which resulted him to mortgage to a pastoral company. In the end, the hotel was sold but Mr. Ryan still stayed in the hotel and did not want to leave the property even threatened the new owner of the hotel. They heard at that time that Mr. Ryan will blow-up the hotel if he was forced to leave the premises. Then he got arrested and found evidence of this plans to blow-up the hotel. Mr. Ryan went into trial but his claim and explanation was changed which made him found not guilty. The name of the hotel changed to York Hotel after it was bought by Swan Brewery in 1937. Some parts of hotel has already been changed since its renovations in 1990s with the new owner named Mr. John Hay. The photo is part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, York Hotel, old Palace Hotel (York)
Location : 145 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : York Palace Hotel

Theme : Heritage Building – Settlers Front Shop & Gift Shop

Theme (Post#15) : Heritage Building – Settlers Front Shop & Gift Shop

Photos of the day are all about Settlers Front Shop & Gift Shop. The photos captured here were all along Avon Terrace, but in reality these are not the only buildings included as Settlers House & Village because it actually composed of units of rooms for accommodation and a courtyard which I missed to see and missed to capture photos because I only walked along Avon Terrace road. The path to the settlers house village are between Settlers Gift Shop and Settlers Front Shop and just behind it, the Settlers House & Village. One of the thing that was fascinating to learn was that these were also owned by Craig family (the one who owns the Castle Hotel, which I mentioned from previous photo post), specifically bought by widowed Mary Craig. She saw an opportunity on the business. And in 1877, it was leased by George Inkpen for district’s first newspaper – Eastern District Chronicle. Then, Inkpen family bought the property in 1929 where the whole building called as Inkpen Building. Only in 1972 where its name change to Settler’s House. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Settlers Front Shop

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Settlers Gift Shop

Notes :
Photo : heritage building, Settler’s House & Village
Location : 125 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : Settler’s House & Village

Theme : Heritage Building – York & Districts Co-Op

Theme (Post#14) : Heritage Building – York & Districts Co-Op

Photos of the day are all about York & Districts Co-Op. It is one of the heritage building in the town since people have been buying grocers here since 1872 when William Edwards Junior constructed the single story and moved here from his previous store near in Castle Hotel. His sons named Charles and Kenneth continued the business until 1936. The interior of the building has been changed to accommodate the needs of modern  supermarket but, outside of it such as balustrades and archways that framed the original verandah are still visible. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, York & Districts Co-Op, IGA Store
Location : 138 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None

Theme : Heritage Building – The Davies Building

Theme (Post#13) : Heritage Building – The Davies Building

Photos of the day are all about The Davies Building which located opposite direction of Sargent’s Pharmacy, still in the corner of Avon Terrace and South Street. This heritage building built in 1908 was the improved former business Garden Valley Fruit Palace that was built in 1903 which owned by the same person William Thomas Davies. Laurie Davies, son of the family has been requested by the mayor of York at that time that the two face clock may be installed in Town Hall instead at Davies Building but Laurie did not agree since only one face will be seen in the clock, that clock is still visible along Avon Terrace. These photos are part of Wheatbelt Region Tour October 2016.

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Notes :
Photo : heritage building, The Davies Building
Location : 96 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Transportation :
1. Join Day Tours from Perth or
2. Take bus from Transwa Bay East Perth to Esperance or Albany and get off at Joaquina St in York Town
3. Take train from Perth Station to Midland Station, then exchange train from Midland Station to Joaquina St Station in  York.
Official Website : None