Distance: 38 km one way
Surface: Fine compact gravel suitable for all types of bikes
About the Lilydale Warburton Trail
Take a trip back in time when you ride down the Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail. This track follows the old Warburton Railway line which was originally built in 1901, due to the increase in population in the Yarra Valley, and in order to support the further expansion of the timber industry in the area. The opening of the railway heralded a massive increase in sawmilling activity in the region, commercial development, new schools, a shopping strip, service organizations and the start of the Warburton Football Club.
The trail takes you through forests, farmland, vineyards, rolling hills, billabongs, historical railways and wooden bridges, with the backdrop of the Yarra Ranges. There are plenty of places to stop along the way, including Cafes and picnic rest stops. The trail is well maintained. However there are a number of bridge crossings throughout. Several of these can be quite bumpy. The full trail is 76 km return, however you can start or finish at a number of points. This is a great ride to do all year around.
The views along the Lilydale Warburton trail will leave lasting memories. And a desire to come back to do this ride time and time again. The ride takes you out to Warburton which is a special little town which lies in a valley at the base of Mount Little Joe and Mount Donna Buang. The Yarra River flows through the town, elements which make this such a beautiful place to visit. And is one of the best places in Victoria to ride.
This was an incredible ride. Easily one of the most stunning Rail Trails in Victoria. The great thing with this trail is that it can be ridden on any type of bike, and the trail is fairly flat overall. However there are a handful of climbs along the way that should be able to be climbed by riders of most abilities. We found the track is wide enough to easily overtake others. And is one of those rare rides that you can sit back and really appreciate the scenery.
Plan your ride
- Multi-use trail used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders
- Surface is fine compact gravel suitable for all types of bikes
- Train services are available to Lilydale. See PT Victoria for details
- Car parks are available in all towns along the trail
- Public toilet facilities available in Mount Evelyn, Millgrove, Yarra Junction and Warburton
- Benches are provided periodically throughout the trail if you need a rest
- Lilydale Warburton Trail is a ride which can be enjoyed all year round
- There is a Carriage Cafe located directly on the trail in Seville which is bike friendly
- Food is available in towns along the way
- Bike rentals are available at Yarra Valley Cycles, Lilydale and COG Café, Warburton
- There are water taps on the trail at Mt Evelyn (outside Penny Olive), Seville (‘the waterhole’) and at Yarra Junction (at the public toilets)
- Dogs allowed
Click here for link for Lilydale to Warburton
Click here for link for Warburton to Lilydale
The trail runs a distance of 38 km between Lilydale and Warburton through the Yarra Valley, and passes through the towns of:
- Mount Evelyn
- Woori Yallock
- Launching Place
- Yarra Junction