- Rail Trail
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- former Railway
- The Lilydale to Warburton rail trail is one of Australia's most popular, with a backdrop of mountains including Yarra Ranges National Park this trail passes through a picturesque landscape following the Yarra River Valley.
- Starting from the end of the metropolitan rail network at Lilydale then heading through increasingly rural landscape to the resort town of Warburton nestled in the mountains in one direction, and Yarra Glen in the other.
- Plenty of good places to stay and great things to consume in the region’s cafes, pubs, wineries and restaurants.
- Many towns at regular intervals along the route.
There are two sections to this rail trail
- The 40 km Lilydale to Warburton section
- The 7.5km Yarra Valley Trail section, from Lilydale to Yering (with the 4.5 km on to Yarra Glen under construction)
Most of the original station platforms are still present with replica station signage, however many station buildings have been lost through time.
While many of the busy road crossings have treatments to assist trail users, there are still some without this requiring care and patience.
Listed below for each section. Trail Access Hubs have been constructed with car parking, picnic tables, bike racks, information boards and water refill stations. There are also horse stabling facilities at Woori Yallock.
Lilydale to Mt Evelyn (7 km)
- The section has a climb up to Mt Evelyn (from both directions).
- There are some steep gradients for a diversion around Mt Lilydale College, which has taken over some of the former rail corridor.
- The Red Bridge over the 6 lane Maroondah Highway at Lilydale is a major feature.
- Lilydale Station, terminus of the Melbourne metropolitan train network. Car parking on holidays.
- Trail Access Hub at Beresford Rd with limited parking. Car parking available in Creek Rd.
- Old Gippsland Rd. Lilydale. Good car parking available.
- My Evelyn, Wray Crescent. The former Mt Evelyn station has plenty of car parking and community facilities with toilets nearby.
Mt Evelyn to Woori Yallock (16 km)
- My Evelyn, Monbulk Rd. Car parking available at Trail Cafe.
- Wandin, Trail Access Hub at the former station, off the Warburton Highway.
- Seville, car parking available at the former station on the north side of Victoria Rd. Carriage Cafe is a short walk on the south side of Victoria Rd.
- Killara Station, between Seville and Woori Yallock. Car parking available in Kylie Lane. Picnic tables available also.
- Woori Yallock, Trail Access Hub and horse facilities at the former station at the bottom of Syme Rd.
Woori Yallock to Yarra Junction (9 km)
- Launching Place General Store, plenty of car parking available near the former station site. A hotel is also nearby.
- Yarra Junction. Plenty of car parking available.
- The Station building at Yarra Junction is the original building from Lilydale Station and is now a museum
Yarra Junction to Warburton (8 km)
- Warburton Hub. Car parking at the former station site the town. Cog Bike Cafe and Cog Bike Shop both trade at this point, as well as plenty of other options in the town.
Lilydale to Yering (7.5km)
- Coldstream Station – Parking available
- Yering Station – Parking available with other facilities planned in the near future.
We acknowledge the Woiworung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Development and future of the rail trail
The Victorian Railways connected Warburton and Healesville with Lilydale on separate branch lines.
Lilydale to Warburton
The Lilydale to Warburton rail trail started as one of Australia’s first rail trails in the mid 1990s and was completed back to Lilydale in 1999. The impressive bridge across the 6 lane Maroondah Highway was constructed in 2011 completing the link back to the Lilydale station.
Lilydale to Yarra Glen
In April 2016 the Shire of Yarra Ranges authorised design of the Yarra Valley Trail to proceed, which will include extending the rail trail to Yarra Glen. The Yarra Valley Trail will continue on a side path to Healesville then by aqueduct and other means to Woori Yallock on the Lilydale to Warburton rail trail, forming a huge picturesque loop for cyclists and other users. There will also be north and south Yarra Glen loop rides connecting to the Yarra Valley Trail, leading to amazing scenery, many wineries and the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.
In 2019 work started on extending the rail trail to Yarra Glen to allow a real rail trail experience of the beautiful Yarra Valley, as both Yarra Glen and Warburton are on the Yarra River. This extension will bring the rail trail to over 50kms in length. Stage 1A is now complete with a high quality trail connecting Lilydale with Yering.
- Stage 1b – 4.5 km – Yering to Yarra Glen. This stage will feature new bridges to replace the 500m long heritage bridges across the Yarra Flats that were tragically destroyed in the 2009 “Black Saturday” bushfires. There will be a new bridge over the Yarra River with an elevated trail leading to the Yarra Glen station precinct. The newly reinforced and repaired bridges will keep the existing character in line with heritage guidelines.The Yarra Glen rail trail extension will provide a safe and convenient commuting and exercise route to Lilydale for Yarra Glen residents.
The Feasibility Study (15MB) can be downloaded here, which contains full details of the proposed Yarra Valley Trail.
Rail Line History
The Warburton railway line was opened in 1901 to ferry farm produce from the Yarra Valley to Melbourne. Timber was also a major commodity being transported on the line after many tramways through the Yarra Valley forests were linked with the line at Warburton and Yarra Junction. The line closed in 1965 and the track removed in 1969. Rails are still be visible at some of the level crossings. An historic bridge near Anderson St. Lilydale is on the original alignment of the road over the railway until the road was moved. The new Maroondah Hwy Bridge has been designed to resemble the original much smaller bridge removed many decades ago.
The railway line from Lilydale to Healesville was completed by the Victorian Railways in 1889 and closed in 1981. The Yarra Valley Railway has access to the Yarra Glen – Healesville section and currently run services between Healesville and one of the major features of the line, a tunnel about 4km away. Reconstruction of the line on to Yarra Glen to connect with the rail trail is ongoing. The rail trail would also complement the Yarra Valley Railway as currently occurs on the Bellarine Rail Trail near Geelong.
Typical scenery, here at Woori Yallock (2020)
The busy rail trail welcomes all users, here at Killara. (2020)
Trail information board heading into Lilydale
Enjoying the bridge over the 6 lane Maroondah Hwy at Lilydale (2012)
Approaching the tunnel beneath Hereford Rd. between Lilydale and Mt Evelyn.
Mt Evelyn station area (2010)
Cyclists at Wandin station (2010)
Spring at Seville
The Carriage Cafe at Seville is now an institution. (2010)
The Woady Yallock bridge near Woori Yallock is the longest on the trail and was restored with the help of the CFA (2020)
Train on the long bridge near Woori Yallock
The Woori Yallock station site is a popular starting point. (2020)
Riding near the Yarra River at Launching Place. (2020)
Enjoying the rail trail at Yarra Junction. (2020)
The scenery at Wesburn heading to Warburton. (2020)
Most major road crossings now have traffic lights like at Millgrove. (2020)
Cog Cafe and bike hire at Warburton are busy on weekends. (2020)
The end of the trail out Warburton overlooks the town and the river further below
Warburton station site is a great place for a picnic. Don't miss the historical paintings on the old platform wall. (2020)
The scenery between Lilydale and Coldstream (2020)
Coldstream station (2020)
The scenery between Coldstream and Yering (2020)
The trail is designed for all users to enjoy, here at Yering (2020)
The current end of the rail trail at Yering, looking towards Yarra Glen (2020)
Enjoying the trail at Yering station (2020)
Yarra Glen station yard will be the terminus of Stage 1. (2008)
Carriage Cafe Seville
Experience dining in a 100 year old carriage by accessing it from the Railtrail, the Old Seville Station (6 minute walk) or the carpark (3 minute walk)
Goldfields Bike Tours & Hire – Unique opportunity to experience hybrid or E-bike riding to explore the rail trails and in conjunction with our air conditioned bus and 15-bike trailer.
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