The Town

York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, bound by the famous Avon River, just 97 kilometres east of Perth in the Wheatbelt, on Ballardong Nyoongar land.

After thousands of years of occupation by Ballardong Noongar people, the area was first settled by Europeans in 1831, a town established in 1835 and the first buildings erected in 1836.

The region was important throughout the 19th century for sheep and grain farming and was renowned for its sandalwood trade. York boomed during the gold rush as the last rail stop before the walk to the goldfields.

Today, the town is renowned for its heritage buildings, art scene and annual festivals.

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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