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Two hours from Perth

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Our final special of what to do in your city … here's the very proud Brendon from Perth!

Just an hour's drive east of Perth is York, Western Australia's oldest inland town, settled in 1831. Beautifully-preserved Victorian and Federation buildings line the main street and the town enjoys an historic town classification.

The York Motor Museum has a wonderful collection of veteran, vintage, classic and racing cars backed up by posters, photographs and other motoring memorabilia.

Jah Roc Gallery is a restored 19th-century flour mill which displays designer furniture — it is chunky and simple and greatly influenced by the outback's wide open spaces.

Skydiving is a major adventure in the area and gliding clubs welcome all visitors. The Tourist Bureau is located in the old town hall building and has maps and all sorts of information.

An hour south-east of Perth is the forest town of Dwellingup. The Hotham Valley Tourist Railway has short and long trips into the forest on a train pulled by diesel or steam locomotive.

Commentary along the way tells the west's early sawmilling and railway history. At the end there is a 20-25 minute walking trail through the jarrah forest and in springtime, masses of colourful wildflowers.

Mandurah is an aquatic playground just an hour south of Perth. It is a popular fishing and boating destination and home to Peel Inlet. Dolphins are regularly spotted in the estuary and cruise boats take passengers for a close-up look at the beautiful creatures, as well as going along the canal developments. The Boardwalk has a performing arts centre and you can stop for a coffee and soak in the views.

There's something for everyone at Mandurah — King Carnival is a mini fairground located on the estuary. There are rides, mini golf, merry-go-round and ferris wheel … great fun for all the family.

New Norcia is owned by an order of Benedictine monks. The heritage site was founded in 1846 by Dom Rosendo Salvado as an Aboriginal mission. Today it's a major tourist destination.

Just 90 minutes north of Perth you can see the monks praying and going about their daily chores. A guided tour of the town is the best way to enjoy the Spanish-style buildings, 27 of which are National Trust classified. Some are richly decorated and house old masters' works of art.

New Norcia's bakery is a total hit. Not many people can resist the mouthwatering aroma of baking bread. There is also a grand hotel in the town where you can stop for refreshments.

Fremantle is around half an hour south of Perth, of which it is a suburb, but it has a culture and character all its own.

One visit is never enough; locals and visitors just keep returning to soak up everything Freo has to offer: cafes, restaurants, markets, boutique pubs, wonderful shops, tram tours and plenty of memories of times gone by.

You can relax on South Terrace and watch the world go by or rent a Scootcar for half an hour and see even more of the town.

One place you shouldn't miss is the Fremantle Chocolate Factory, owned by the people who began the Margaret River Fudge Factory. Chocolatiers create their delicious masterpieces on site and you can taste before you buy. They churn out truffles, pralines, novelty chocolates and 26 flavours of fudge.

It is almost impossible to walk past Kailis' Fish Cafe and not be tempted. The same family has been serving delicious seafood since 1928, having won many awards. You can eat in or take away their freshly-cooked delicacies. Or you may prefer to buy something from their market and cook it at home.


Perth, capital of Western Australia.


York Motor Museum costs $7.50 for adults; $3.50 for children and $20 a family. It is open each day.
Jah Roc Gallery is open every day and entry is free.
Hotham Valley Tourist Railways return trips start at $14 for adults and $7 for children. They run year round.
Mandurah Boat Hire's pontoon boats start at $45 an hour for up to 12 people.
King Carnival entry is free and you pay per ride. It is open on weekends and school holidays.
Fremantle Chocolate Factory entry is free and is open to tempt you every day.
ScootFreo scooters start at $25 for 1½hours and scoot cars are $25 for half an hour. It is open daily.
Kailis' Fish Cafe Seafood Delight is $11.25 and Chilli Mussels are $12.50.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

York Tourist Bureau
Ph: (08) 9641 1301

York Motor Museum
Avon Terrace York 6302
Ph: (08) 9641 2522

Jah Roc Gallery
7-13 Broome Street, York 6032
Ph: (08) 9641 2522

Hotham Valley Tourist Railways
Ph: (08) 9221 4444

Mandurah Boat Hire
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah 6210
Ph: (08) 9535 5877

King Carnival
Leighton Place, Mandurah 6210
Ph: (08) 9314 1062

Mandurah Visitor Centre
75 Mandurah Terrace, Manduray 6210
Ph: (08) 9550 3999 Fax: (08) 9550 3990

New Norcia Tourist Information
Ph: (08) 9654 8056

2 Phillimore Street, Fremantle 6160
Ph: (08) 9336 5933

Fremantle Chocolate Factory
312 South Terrace, Fremantle 6160
Ph: (08) 9335 5529 Fax: (08) 9335 3(08)8

Fremantle Tourist Bureau
William and Adelaide Streets, Fremantle
Ph: (08) 9431 7878

Kailis' Fish Cafe
46 Mews Road, Fremantle 6160
Ph: (08) 9335 7755

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