Things to do in and around Lavendale Farm
To help you enjoy your time at Lavendale Farm, we’ve produced a handy little guide to ensure you get the most from your stay. Whether you’re just shooting through and only here for a single night, or you’ve made a wise decision and decided to stay multiple nights, there is plenty to see and do!
1 night stay
If you can only stay one night, and we know you will wish you had booked longer, we suggest you call into the York Information Centre at the town hall in York. Ask for some of the self drive tours. These are fantastic. There are some very short ones and some longer ones.
- Have a stroll down Avon Terrace to check out some of the shops and then maybe a visit to the swinging bridge at Avon park. Call in at the local IGA for some food supplies.
- Perhaps make a booking or enquiry for dinner at one of the hotels if you are not preparing your own meal at Lavendale Farm.
- Consider driving home in a different direction. If you came via York, perhaps the drive home through Beverley and the Westdale Road to Brookton Highway would be nice. Beautiful country. You end up driving through the forrest on Brookton Highway then through the fruit trees of Karragullen ending up in Kelmscot.
2 night stay
Have a look at our suggestions for the one night stay. You could do all of this even before you Check-in. (except driving home of course)
- Take your time in York on your second day. Check out the Old Court house complex – great history
- Visit the Residency Museum – Check opening times.
- Picnic at Avon Park. Children’s playground and swinging bridge. Free BBQs are available.
- Pop into The Sock Factory and The York Mill http://theyorkmill.com.au/ for some interesting shopping.
- On your way back to Perth, call in to the Great Southern Gallery on the “Lakes Road” .http://www.greatsoutherngallery.com.au/ Say “Hi” to Mandy and Soren from us.
- If you have the time, drive home via Toodyay. A great little town in the Avon Valley. There are some lovely drives through the back roads. Check out Google maps to help you.
3 night stay
OK, time to venture a little further on day 2 of your stay with us. After being well occupied on your first day here are a few more suggestions.
- Take a short drive to Beverley. Only 13 minutes away. It is about 1/2 the size of York but has some lovely features. If you are into Gliding, you could make enquiries there for a flight.
- Go the back way from Beverley to the town of Quairading.
- Then head back to York via Quairading Road. Pop into the town site of Greenhills and visit the pub there. No need to go all the way in to York for your return to Lavendale Farm. Take Gwambygine Road and you will end up back on the Great Southern Highway only 3km from home.
- If the children like horses and ponies let Farmer Katherine Know. She will try to arrange some pony and donkey brushing time for you. This will depend on her time frame of course, but the animals will always appreciate a little grooming.
4 night stay
So you have had a good look round the closest towns in your first 2 days. How about going a little further out into the Wheatbelt on Day 3, or even take a longer drive to Wave Rock.
- Visit Kokerbin Rock. This is the 3rd largest monolith in Australia and a little known secret of the area. The self Drive tour will take you past a few of the “Ghost” towns in the area. Great history, and so close to home. Allow 4 or 5 hours for the round trip, and take a picnic.
- Drive to Wave Rock and back. It will be a long day but worth while, and a lot closer from York than from Perth (More details under 5 night stay).
- Perhaps a lovely drive around the town of Beverley. Yenyenning Lakes about 30Km past the town forms part of the Avon Catchment and is home to the Beverley Ski Club. The lakes are salty, but it seems they have always been so.
5 night stay
Now you have been here a while you could venture even further.
- Wave Rock near the town of Hyden, is the 2nd largest monolith in Australia. It is about a 21/2 to 3 hour drive from Lavendale Farm, so be prepared to be gone all day. http://www.waverock.com.au/
- Visit Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley. We have kangaroos in our bush area, but they are shy and hard to see. If you want to get up close and personal with our native fauna, visit the park and get some great photos. http://www.whitemanpark.com.au/
- Don’t forget that the monastic town of New Norcia is in the Avon Valley. A big day out, but you will not find anything like it anywhere else in Australia. http://www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au/