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Lilydale to Warburton (Yarra Valley) Rail Trail

Victoria - Melbourne region

4.6 based on 16 reviews
Location: Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne
Length: 48 km
Surface: Fine gravel
Start / End: Lilydale to Warburton and Yering
Public Transport: Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • Horse RidingHorse Riding
  • PramsPrams
  • WalkingWalking

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • 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.

Attractions

  • 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.

Trail Guide

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.

Access Points

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.

Section Guides

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.

Access points

  • 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)

Access points

  • 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)

Access points

  • 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)

Access points

  • 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)

Access points

  • Coldstream Station – Parking available
  • Yering Station – Parking available with other facilities planned in the near future.

Background Information

Traditional Owners

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.

 

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16 reviews of “Lilydale to Warburton (Yarra Valley) Rail Trail”

Rode this trail today from where I live in Warburton to Seville and enjoyed it greatly. We need to lobby our politicians to build a bike overpass at Yarra Junction to take away this extremely dangerous road crossing Its disaster waiting to happen on a busy weekend or even a set of lights would be great to reduce the risk. Lots of families with young kids ride this trail and the bike bridge they built at Patterson Lakes in Thompson Rd is exactly whats needed.All that said its a beautiful ride and despite a very sore bottom from saddle ache I really love this ride. Its so very peaceful with magnificent mountain scenery. Looking forward to riding the Lilydale end section of the ride in coming times

Rode this trail again over 31/12/19 & 1/1/20. Deservedly a popular trail, with great scenery, trail condition, facilities. To and from Lilydale by train. Hired a normal bike and an e-bike from Cog bikes who delivered to Lilydale for us to pick up, and collected afterwards. Overnight at the lovely Warburton – lots to look at and a variety of food and accommodation. Day 2 we went via the also popular O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail between Warburton and Millgrove – highly recommended.

Dec 2019 mid-week it was fantastic! I got an early Met train from far north of Melbourne. Quiet day not many people around so it was perfect for the ride. I agree with all these wonderful comments my only concern would be avoid a really busy weekend with too many walkers, horses & cyclists. Coffee cafe stops everywhere and spent lunchtime laying on the green grassy river bank in Warburton before riding back to Lilydale station.

23/27 I have changed my mind. I thought the Great Southern RT was the best in Victoria, but now I think Lilydale to Warburton is better.
A great well-maintained surface for the entire length, with the last few kms from Millgrove to Warburton recently sealed with smooth bitumen. The rest is hard-packed gravel so good I even used my road bike part of the way.
Apart from the steep pinch at the Lilydale end near the beginning, the hills are the smooth gradient you would expect from a rail trail. Going downhill on the other side was fun.
It was a beautiful spring day, sunny and no wind. The views are stunning, and endless.
There are plenty of nice towns along the way to stop and explore, and indulge in whatever takes your fancy. Warburton itself is a beautiful picture and worthy of the effort to get there.
You are well catered for with bike hire options, bike shops, and pick-up services too.

If you only ever do 1 railtrail in your life, do this one.

This was my 23rd railtrail in my challenge is to ride every trail in Victoria this year as thanks to my donor in this the 30th year after my liver transplant. Only 4 to go!

I’ve just finished a 3 day return trip with two 7 year olds and this is a great introduction to overnight cycling for kids. There’s more information about our trip here https://afamilycyclist.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/lilydale-to-warburton-rail-trail/

Completed this trail yesterday. Probably the best rail trail that I have done so far in Victoria. It is well-signed, wide and generally well-maintained. Most of the major road crossings are signalised which make it much easier and safer to cross. However, the crossing at the Warburton Highway in Wandin North is quite hazardous and can take a long time to wait for the road to be clear of vehicles. The other major hazard is in some sections of the unsealed path where gravel washes up on the sides making it very unstable and slippery. Other than these two grips, the trail is very scenic and has many facilities along the way. Highly recommended journey.

Rode to Warburton for the second time yesterday and returned today. If anyone is contemplating the ride, this is a great one to do. Beautiful scenery all the way, good safe road crossings for all ages. Plenty of views of the Dandenong and Yarra Valley Ranges and also the Yarra River. There are side tracks to explore if desired and a Museum at Yarra Junction. Some of the Stations still have the Railway house nearby. There are plenty of eateries along the trail and all within easy distance, and staff are friendly. An interesting feature along the trail is the fruit trees. They range from plums to apples, peaches to nectarines and an occasional citrus. Fire preparedness in full swing with slashing. This is causing grass sticks and stones to be on the trail and hard to see in the cut grass. However it is essential work. Great to see so many other riders and walkers and even a horse rider using this facility. Commencing and finishing at Lilydale makes is so easy when using the MET System. Extending this trail to Yarra Glen would be the cream on the cake and put it in a higher use no doubt. This trail has a marvellous emergency locator system if ever needed. The reference points are approximately one kilometre apart. A beautiful flat surface all the way making it suitable for young ones. Works currently underway around Mt Evelyn Wandon to resurface it. Even these workers are friendly. I stayed at the Warburton Alpine retreat with it’s good food and friendly staff. The town has a walking track along the river and was a great way to relax after the ride. I would highly recommend this to all ages, and I am sure that you will not be disappointed. Well done to the friends of the trail for their work. Will see me again.

I rode this trail on Sunday 17th May 2015, and it was magnificent all the way from Lilydale to Warburton and back. This rail trail is my favorite, which I have done many times. The best are the sunny autumn days – like Sunday was; where you can see all the way up the Yarra valley as you come off Mt Evelyn at Serville, out into the open. It is good to see maintenance work being done to the trail to improve the surface in parts (especially the bridge) – but I’m glad it remains gravel and hasn’t been sealed. The hardest part is the climb back up Mt Evelyn, but the downhill into Lilydale makes it worthwhile. Plenty of places to stop and eat – a great day out.

Hi if people are a bit weary of horses, best thing to do is ride on the opposite side slow until you have passed them both good for riders and on bikes and horses, and please be patient.

I had a wonderful ride from Woori Yallock to Mt Evelyn on the weekend … perfect weather, no wind. I have to agree with some of the other comments regarding horse poo, it was everywhere, and also there were a group of horse riders and the biggest horse in the group was kicking its back legs out, very scary if you’re on a bike.

Rode the whole trail in early March. A great trail. I left the car at Killara (Gruyere?) and rode to Lilydale, then to Warby, then back to the car (80km all up) – riding up the Mt Evelyn grade towards the end of an 80km return trip didn’t sound like something I wanted to experience! Plenty to see along the way, from suburban scenery to farmland to mountain ranges. Trail in good condition, but was an abundance of horsey poo in some places. This trail is used a lot, especially between Woori Yallock and Lilydale so watch out for other trail users.

Excellent ride this weekend with a perfectly maintained trail. Great weather too – not too hot or cold. We stayed overnight in Warburton at Oscars on the Yarra (excellent by the way) before returning the following day. Lots of “horse manure’ around though which was a shame. Some sections were like a poo slalom!

On Saturday the 16th of February 2013 we rode the trail from Lilydale to Warburton and it was fabulous. We are from interstate on a cycling holiday based in Melbourne and over the last 12 months we have enjoyed riding about 9 of the Victorian trail trails following the set of Rail Trail maps. On advice from that map were intending to catch the Martyr’s Bus service back from Warburton ” if the driver had room” the brochure said. Well the truth is that the bus can only carry one bike. Luckily at 4.30pm it was a very pleasant late afternoon because we found ourselves having to ride the return 38 kms unexpectedly to get back to Lilydale. We made it but we just wanted to alert others to this possibility. We were quite lucky because the train line at Lilydale had been restored after having been out of service that afternoon too and a substitute bus service provided, which is of course not much use to tired cyclists. The trail itself was excellent , very well maintained and picturesque .

Some minor storm damage to the new section of the trail around Mt Lilydale Mercy College was recently repaired by extending the sealed section further down the hill. Drainage was also improved along the length of this section to the top.

This is a great rail trail, I enjoyed walking on it as part of the Oxfam Trailwalker and it’s also great to cycle on. I’ve written a write up of our ride on my blog: http://www.mycycle.com.au/blog/

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