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“Warburton Rail Trail” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Lilydale
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Owner description: 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. Access to the trail is free for the public, however permits may be required for events.
Lilydale, Australia
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“Warburton Rail Trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Warburton Rail trail is not just for bikes. It is a shared facility and is used by a great many walkers.There is easy access from multiple access points all the way along the trail from Lilydale to Warby. Some of the scenery is quite spectacular. The walks vary from open vistas to bushland settings. The more secluded walks have heaps of bird life, the odd wallaby and lots of other wildlife.

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Fantastic Bike Trail In Victoria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Warburton Bike Trail or Warby Trail (as it is known locally) is a phenomenal opportunity for anyone interested in riding bicycles through a wonderful scenic piece of the Australian landscape. It is a comfortable and non threatening experience. It has proved to be a safe and secure enviroment on the many rides that I have had.

Whether it is riding through peaceful vineyards, classic Australian country or bushland scenes or Australian farm environments that you want, the Warby trail has them all.

The Australian country scenes include views of rivers (calm and rapids), rolling hills and mountains, valleys and towns and villages (including classic pubs, homesteads and town main streets). The scenery is relaxing and enjoyable, and the domestic animal spotting whether parrots, other birds, kangaroos, wombats or echidnas (all seen on the trail), is enjoyable and non threatening.

Farm environments seen along the Warby trail include Fields of beef and dairy cows, sheep, horses, hay, grain and vegetables, shetland ponies, deer and emus (and even an ostrich).

As any decent trail should have, it includes many good cafe or coffee opportunities along the way. These are spread along the trail with strongly recommended examples at Mount Evelyn, Morrison on the Park, at Wandin, Yarra Valley Deli and Cafe, at Seville, Carriage Cafe, at Launching Place, the Home Hotel, at Yarra Junction, Amanda's Cafe and at Warburton, Cog Bike Cafe and Warburton Pantry. The trail includes numerous wineries nearby, including a number of Seville wineries, Killara and Bulong.

The Warby trail, as a converted old railway track, has only fairly gentle slopes and the trail meanders through the valleys rather than over the hills. It is 38 kilometres one way, with well staggered sections:
- Lilydale to Mount Evelyn - 6.9 km and the steepest incline from 102 metres over sea level at Lilydale to 230 metres over sea level at the high point of the trail at Mount Evelyn ;
- Mount Evelyn to Wandin - 5.4 km;
- Wandin to Seville - 3.4 km;
- Seville to Killara - 3.3 km;
- Killara to Woori Yallock - 4 km with Woori Yallock being the low point of the trail at 94 metres above sea level ;
- Woori Yallock to Launching Place - 6.4 km;
- Launching Place to Yarra Junction - 2.1 km;
- Yarra Junction to Millgrove - 5.2 km; and
- Millgrove to Warburton - 3.3 km and at 168 metres above sea level.

The trail is of good quality and well maintained, but it is not all sealed and has gravel for significant sections and some somewhat corrugated bridges at times. Hybrid or mountain bikes are therefore recommended as it is a bit rough for road bikes at times, though they are often seen on the trail.

It is not busy but has walkers, cyclists and horse riders regularly passing by as you meander through the countryside.

Having only tried overseas bike trails in Bordeau and Burgundy, it is difficult to compare the Warby trail internationally, but it is better than any other I have ridden in Australia or overseas for recreational country cyclists. We are very lucky to have the Warburton Rail Trail available to all.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great place to cycle or walk along”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Been on this track many times. We usually drive to Launching Place with the bikes and then ride to Warburton for a coffee and ride back. The track has a very good surface for a mountain bike only. There are road crossing along the way but are well out in the open for the cars to see you and your machine. The cog cafe in Warburton makes great coffee and homemade muffins.

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful Bike Ride!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

Completed the whole journey on a great winters day. Had previously read reviews that stated that the ride was reasonably flat, and short. Although most of the trail was flat- the hills around Mt Evelyn were a killer. Our journey was 7 hours all together riding at a leisurely pace. We aren't from the area and began the ride at 11.30AM, which resulted in a very dark and scary trip home! Despite all of this the Lilydale to Warby trail is the prettiest track I've ever ridden on. Such a great day out!

Visited July 2013
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Australind, Australia
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“COG Bike Cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Cog Bike Café, in Warburton on the Lilydale to Warburton Bike Trail - beautiful views, great food music and coffee - it also has everything regarding bikes, very relaxing

Visited April 2013
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