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- 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.
Last updated: 6 February 2022
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 of 130m up to Mt Evelyn through semi-urban bushland, including an owl reserve and a tunnel under Birmingham Rd.
- Lilydale station is terminus of the Melbourne metropolitan train network and has car parking on holidays. Toilets at the station. Signage onto the rail trail is a bit vague so refer to map.
- The Trail Access Hub at Beresford Rd has limited parking. Take care crossing busy Beresford Rd.
- 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.
- At Old Gippsland Rd. Lilydale car parking is available.
- The former former Mt Evelyn station has plenty of car parking and community facilities with toilets nearby.
Lilydale is a major suburb with all facilities.
Mt Evelyn has a small suburban shopping street with several cafes/take-aways.
Mt Evelyn to Woori Yallock (16 km)
- It is a 135m descent down to Woori Yallock. This is a forested descent to Wandin, then farmland and wineries to Woori Yallock.
- At Monbulk Rd, Mt Evelyn there is more car parking available at the Trail Cafe.
- Wandin, has parking at the Trail Access Hub at the former station, off the Warburton Highway. Toilets are up at the shops.
- 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. Toilets are opposite the carpark.
Wandin is a smallish village with some shops about 400m up the highway.
Woori Yallock township has a small shopping area with a good bakery-cafe, up Symes Rd.
Woori Yallock to Yarra Junction (9 km)
- A nice stretch of trail following the river closely with woodlands and pasture flats and views to Mt Donna Buang.
- 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. Toilets are next to the trail.
- The Station building at Yarra Junction is the original building from Lilydale Station and is now a museum
Yarra Junction is a medium-sized town with many facilities, cafes, bakery etc.
Yarra Junction to Warburton (8 km)
- The trail follows the river through bushland and open pasture to Millgrove. Toilets are right next to the trail. There are small curio shops and a kids playground in Millgrove. From Millgrove the trail surface is sealed.
- Warburton Hub. Car parking at the former station site in the town. Cog Bike Cafe and Cog Bike Shop both trade at this point, as well as plenty of other options in the town.
Warburton is a medium-sized town with many cafes and eating places, a hotel and is a stepping-off point for Mt Donna Buang.
Lilydale to Yering (7.5km)
- This is a trail through open rural pastureland and scattered bushland with open views of the Yarra Valley and surrounding mountains.
- Coldstream Station – Parking available
- Yering Station – Parking available with other facilities planned in the near future.
Coldstream township is off the trail with some facilities. Yering has no facilities except for a weekend food van.
The rail trail junction at Lilydale; Yering to the left and up to Mt Evelyn and Warburton on the right 
Enjoying the bridge over the 6 lane Maroondah Hwy at Lilydale (2011)
Riding up and walking down between Lilydale and Mt Evelyn 
Mt Evelyn station precinct 
The former Mt Evelyn station platform 
A bit further on from Mt Evelyn station is another cafe on the rail trail 
The beautiful scenery between Mt Evelyn and Wandin 
Typical signage along the rail trail, here at Wandin 
The peaceful Wandin station 
Spring at Seville 
The Carriage Cafe at Seville is a real landmark and popular stopping spot. 
The busy rail trail welcomes all users, here at Killara. (2020)
Killara station is another popoular access rest and access point 
The Woady Yallock bridge near Woori Yallock is the longest on the trail and was restored with the help of the CFA (2020)
The Woori Yallock station site is a popular starting point. (2020)
Typical scenery, here at Woori Yallock (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)
The end of the trail out Warburton overlooks the town and the river further below
Cog Cafe and bike hire at Warburton are busy on weekends. (2020)
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 railway station 
The scenery between Coldstream and Yering (2020)
The current end of the rail trail at Yering, looking towards Yarra Glen (2020)
The trail is designed for all users to enjoy, here at Yering (2020)
Yarra Glen railway station 
Cycling Vine Tours
Leisurely cycle tours through stunning Yarra Valley. Cycle and explore the region, visit local produce stores and boutique wineries. Guided Tours available with vineyard lunch and expert guide.
Bike hire in Lilydale – Yarra Valley Cycles
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. This Rail Trail extension will be completed by the end of 2022. 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 Summary 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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