Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

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Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

This rail trail is one of Australia's most popular, 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.


The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is an iconic 39 km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows the path of the historical railway line through the stunning Yarra Valley commencing at the rear of the Lilydale Railway Station and finishing in the Warburton township.

Follow the 'Warburton Trail' through vineyards, beautiful mountain scenery, farmlands and forests. Cross the many restored bridges. Meander past remnants of the former station platforms and stop in at the original 1882 railway station, also known as the Upper Yarra Museum.

The Rail Trail's gentle gradients make it ideal for all levels of fitness including families. Click on the link on this page to download a map of the trail.

Access to the trail is free for the public, however permits may be required for events.

Section by Section


P=Parking T=Toilets i=Information D=Disabled Facilities

Lilydale - Mount Evelyn 6.9km

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The gateway to the Yarra Valley, just one hour by train or car from Melbourne. The trail begins at the rear of the Lilydale Railway Station car park. Enter the recreation reserve and cross the Olinda Creek bridge to start your journey.

Cross the new Maroondah Highway Overpass and make your way up into delightful bushland surroundings. After the tunnel take the time to enjoy the historic first aid post.

The Mount Evelyn township has parking, toilets bakeries and cafés. The old station house has been restored and transformed into the local library. The station grounds provides a barbecue, picnic rotunda and a bike rack.

Bike Hire - Yarra Valley Cycles (180 Main St, Lilydale)

All Day Parking - Lilydale Railway Station, Warburton Hwy Lilydale MELWAY REF 38 E4

Mount Evelyn - Wandin 5.4km

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An excellent downhill walk or ride to Wandin through fern lined gullies and remnant bushland rich in wild flowers and bird life. Cross the first of 17 restored bridges and pass through native wetlands where platypus are said to live.

Bike Hire - COG Café 'On the Rail Trail' (4 Clancy Rd, Mount Evelyn)

All Day Parking - Lilydale Railway Station, Warburton Hwy Lilydale MELWAY REF 38 E4

Wandin - Seville 3.4km

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Once the bustling centre for transporting the districts fruits and vegetables to Melbourne, the restored platform is now a tranquil setting for picnics among rich bushland and bird life. Excellent parking just off the Warburton Highway, information available at the Wandin Rotary Rotunda. Close by the Wandin North township offers amenities and cafés to refuel your energy stocks.

Seville - Killara 3.3km

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Take a small detour down into the Seville township to visit the regions only Water Play Park. Stop on the way the visit the unique Carriage Café, located in a beautifully restored train carriage.

Cruise through beautiful bushland down onto open pastures to Killara Station. The old stock yards and station platform were built in 1901 for the Syme family's major land holding which stretched to Woori Yallock as part of some of the best beef country in the State.

Rural views, picnic tables and horse yards make Killara an ideal rest stop.

Killara - Woori Yallock 4km

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The trail continues to descend into the Yarra River flood plains as you pass through rich grazing land and across the 175m Woori Yallock Creek bridge into Woori Yallock. Magnificent views of the Central Highlands to the north -east.

Be prepared to stop at closed crossing for farmers moving stock. Please leave gates as you have found them.

A large car park, picnic tables and horse yards make Woori Yallock Station a popular stating point for those not wanting to complete the whole trail.

Woori Yallock - Launching Place 6.4km

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A close view of rural life in action as you pass through timbered grazing land on the banks of the Yarra River. Cross the highway with care to enter Launching Place, another popular starting point with the Home Hotel and large car park sitting next to the old station site.

Launching Place - Yarra Junction 2.1km

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The trail follows the Warburton Highway up into Yarra Junction. Once the Australia's busiest timber centre is now a charming township on the Little Yarra River with a large recreation precinct, community markets, eateries, accommodation and the fascinating Upper Yarra Museum.The museum is housed in the original Lilydale Railway Station building, built in 1882 and is located right next to the trail.

Yarra Junction - Millgrove 5.2km

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Cross bridges over the Little Yarra River into the floodplain and travel through diverse farmlands with magnificent views to the mountains of the Yarra Ranges National Park. The trail is edged by tall gums and revegetated areas. The Wesburn wetlands attract a variety of water birds and the Millgrove timber mills are a reminder of the past.

Millgrove - Warburton 3.3km

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The last leg of the journey takes you through densely vegetated native forests, with the Little Yarra River bubbling away over its rocky bed & popular fishing holes. Nestled beneath the Yarra Ranges beside the river, Warburton is know as a place for travellers seeking revitalisation. It boasts fine restaurants, cafés, arts, crafts and accommodation.

The township is an excellent centre for many bushwalks and overnight hikes including connections to the O'Shannassy Trail. For those wanting something less adventurous the pleasant Riverside Walk meanders along the Little Yarra River with many picnic spots along the way.