Warburton Accommodation, Tourist, Business and Community Information Guide for visitors and locals in Warburton VICTORIA. Come visit the Warburton Valley & Upper Yarra Ranges this Autumn. Tourist Info Ph 03 5966 9600 - 10am - 4pm daily
APRIL - MAY 2015
In the Warburton Valley you can enjoy the Yarra river 32 kms before it enters Melbourne.
Right now friends and families are out biking on the O’Shannassy Aqueduct or Lilydale Rail Trails, walking to Lala Falls or up Mt Donna Buang (possibly at snow) or at the rainforest gallery or lookout tower at the very top. See things to do
So have a coffee, a round of golf, grab a map, go for a bush walk or just relax on 'Warby time'
Nestled in the Upper Yarra Valley, Warburton is a small community that has been a thriving timber centre, gold mining town and home of Weetbix.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church has now moved the Weetbix factory from Warburton with the location set to become an apartment accommodation and resort complex. Signs Publishing is still in operation near the old Weetbix factory at the La La end of town - not far from La La Falls
Warburton was largely built from the work of the Seventh Day Adventist church. This community established itself in Warburton in the early 1900s and was the backbone of industry and daily community life in this part of the valley for many years. Warburton has had a colourful history with local recessions and also boom times throughout the years. The Waterwheel in Warburton produced electricity locally years before Melbourne had electricity.
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Many people may not remember that Warburton was once a favoured day trip via train from Melbourne in the 1930s. On most Sundays, three trains would leave back to Melbourne within the space of an hour. Late night balls, weekend university ski clubs and Mount Donna Buang provided the back drop for many parties and family weekends away. People also came to walk to the 300 year old Ada Tree.
With the rise of the motor car and the provision of new roads to Warburton, the trains stopped coming as patronage fell until it was no longer viable to bring the trains anymore.
It is however on the same ground that the trains once travelled that is now found the popular'Warburton Trail' which runs for around 32km from Melbourne's East, starting in Lilydale.
It is indeed this trail that is largely responsible for bringing tourists back to Warburton. It is not uncommon to see hundreds of bikes and their lycra clad riders enjoying a coffee at our cafes and an ice cream by the river. Warburton is a great place from which to visit Healesville and The Warburton Highway.
You'll see that visiting the Warburton Valley is a favourite weekend and camping holiday destination for people from Melbourne.
Why? Because it's so accessible, an easy day trip or an enjoyable holiday destination surrounded by scenic drives.
Situated approx 65km to the east of Melbourne CBD, Warburton is a favourite destination and excellent place for accommodation in the Yarra Valley so you can relax and enjoy our region at your leisure.
Have you seen the train murals behind the Warburton Waterwheel visitor information centre? There are over 30 handpainted images documenting trains, people and local places from the past. Easy way to spend 30 mins.
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