Surrounded by pretty rolling countryside and pastures, it's easy to see why York became the first inland settlement for Western Australia's early colonists. Retaining its heritage charms, it remains Perth's favourite country escape for indulging in nature, history, arts, crafts and outdoor pursuits, from horse riding to skydiving.

A drive along the Great Eastern Highway takes you from the bustle of the city to the blissful tranquillity of the Avon Valley heritage town in less than an hour and a half.

Proud to be one of the few towns in Western Australia to hold 'Historic Town' status, York has taken great care over restoring its many opulent Victorian and Federation buildings and churches.

Whatever time of year you visit, the restored York Residency Museum and myriad antique stores offer great ways to wile away an afternoon, after a lazy lunch at one of York's quaint tearooms, cafes or restaurants.

Beyond, the Avon Valley beckons lovers of the great outdoors to enjoy a leisurely round of golf or horse trek, or perhaps try something a little more daring, such as hang-gliding or skydiving.

Your accommodation options are equally wide-ranging, from a family-friendly caravan park to charming bed and breakfasts and five-star luxury.

Little wonder it's a top spot for romantic weekends, family fun and even corporate conferences, training and social events.