Western Australia (WA) is a huge state occupying a third of the continent covering 2,645,615 square km. It only has 2.3 million inhabitants with 85% living in the south west corner. It has the richest economy in the country due to its diverse mining, wool, wheat and live sheep and cattle exports. It is also famous for its huge variety of wild flowers.
We took an APT (Aust. Pacific Tour Co.) "Wildflower Tour" as shown above. Previously we toured the northern part of the state, which was an amazing trip. You can see it here.
We flew to Perth from Brisbane (6hrs). The next day we headed east by coach towards Hyden. The first rest stop was in the charming historic town of York. It boasts of being the first inland town to be settled in WA in 1871.
The town was full of beautiful old buildings.
First we had morning tea.
Then we checked out the lovely buildings. The old rustic sandstones had warm, earth colours.
The Imperial Hotel 1886
The Castle Hotel
The gardens were beautiful.
The parks were pretty.
Before leaving York we drove to a lookout where we could see the town and the plains rolling to the horizon with a carpet of yellow flowers in the foreground.