York is just a 1.5 hour drive east of Perth. It was one of the first towns to be settled in Perth (in 1831), just two years after Perth was settled. It was used mostly for a farming area because of the amazing soil. Most of the buildings and a lot of the homes in the area were built in the 1900s and are just stunning. How gorgeous is the shop (for lease) below? It has an enormous garden out the back with a river running through, lavender plants, lemon trees, a fireplace inside and a giant upstairs area. I think in another life I’d buy that shop and turn it into a gorgeous cafe and restaurant. We were lucky enough to go on a weekend when the canola fields were showing their yellow blooms. They looked so beautiful at sunset.
We visited the yearly York Agricultural Show while we were up there. Dad had entered a few of his heirloom beetroots into the gardening competition, and won first place! There was also a category for the best packet cakes (how funny!). There were farm animals, native plants for sale, rides, showbags, food stalls and local crafts and even though the rain earlier in the day made it muddy, it was such a nice day.