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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: 13 April 2023
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 start of the rail trail at Lilydale (after heavy rain) with the new raised suburban station in the background and the old one to the far right. 
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 scenery between Coldstream and Yering (2022)
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 
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Information and Links
The Warburton Rail Trail and Yarra Valley Trail are managed by the Yarra Ranges Council. Contact them via the link below regarding damage to the trail from flooding or fallen trees, etc. Please note, however, when reporting issues with the trail do not quote the Emergency Marker numbers to identify the location because the Shire’s maintenance dispatch system is not compatible. They are for use by Emergency Services only.
Friends of Warburton Trail – Lilydale at this LINK.
Contact Rail Trails Australia
To contact us about this rail trail, email email@example.com
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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23 reviews of “Lilydale to Warburton (Yarra Valley) Rail Trail”
Rode from Lilydale to Warburton and return on Sunday 23rd. Perfect weather with no wind. The trail was in great condition with a new surface treatment between Launching Place and Millgrove. There were literally hundreds of pdople using this trail today. I have never in my life seen so many dogs of different shapes and breeds all in one day. There was a line up of people at every cafe in Warburton and the railway carriage at Seville was also very busy. It will possibly be a bit less crowded after school holidays. Very popular trail, and very enjoyable ride.
We came down from NSW to explore some of the new extensions to existing rail trails in Victoria. This trail between Lilydale and Yarra Glen was third on our list. It is only 7.5km out to Yering at this stage, but it is very good so far. Great smooth surface and lots of interpretive signs. The BMX park at Coldstream was very popular today. No coffee shops or refreshments on the trail yet, but hopefully it will be extended on to Yarra Glen in the near future.
The best rail trail we've ridden so far. So pretty – even in February.
We stayed in Worri Yallock and rode to Warburton and back one day and to Lillydale and back the next day.
The donuts at the Warburton bakery weren't as good as we'd hoped.
The signage is a bit scarce once you get to Lilydale.
We ride this trail about once a week on average, such a great trail to ride.
1/ There is water available from Yarra Valley water stations at most station locations.
2/ There are toilets available at most stations.
3/ There are plenty of seats provided for those walking or riding to stop.
4/ There are great views of the valley past Killara station to make your ride very enjoyable.
5/ On the sunnier days, remember the sun cream, their is a fair amount of open trail.
6/ Trip: The donuts & coffee at the Warburton bakery are great, before the ride back!
Rode from Lilydale to Yering and back. New Lilydale station is impressive!
Hopefully signage is clearer now.
Usual wonderful scenery and the trail is in good shape given all the rain and flooding.
Also visited Seville and the Cafe, all very popular.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trail, even though, once again (sorry to labour this point), NO SIGNAGE in Lilydale pointing you to the start of the actual trail! I found what I thought was the correct trail however, that turned out to be the Carrum to Warburton RT which takes you in a big loop through suburbia and back to the Lakes area! Eventually I found the Olinda Creek trail which lead me, eventually, to Wandin and thence to Woori Yallock where I actually found the trail. However, yet AGAIN, there's no signage in the village pointing you to the actual trail which is about 2kms from the village.
Once on the correct trail, it was simply AWESOME! Well marked, smooth, hard-packed gravel, stunning scenery, lots of bird life and very, easy and pleasant riding. I especially liked the 3-4kms downhill roll into Lilydale, but, AGAIN, no signage directing you into town from the end of the gravel path!
Incredibly, to my utter surprise, the trail ended less than 100m from my car, however, as there was NO SIGNAGE indicating my car was parked at the start of the Trail, I had gone the opposite direction onto the Carrum Warburton trail. oops!!!
SIGNAGE MUST be improved if these trails are to be used by non-locals.
Thoroughly enjoyed the new Lilydale to Yering section when we rode this on Melbourne Cup day.
Beautiful scenery and very popular.
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 .
Love this trail with some great wildlife on the way too.
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/