The Warburton trail is a very popular and picturesque attraction. The trail runs all the way from Lilydale to Warburton through some of the most scenic areas in Australia. Bike riders and hikers share the track. Access is readily gained from numerous points throughout the trail - including the 'Home Hotel' at Launching Place where ample car parking facilities are available. Staying at a Yarra Valley Bed and breakfast Farmstay like Honeyeater Cottage in Yellingo - also provides nearby access for bikers, walkers or horseriders on the Lilydale Trail. A leisurely bike ride from this point would take approximately an hour to Warburton township where you could venture further to East Warburton or stop and enjoy a coffee in the village. Along the way there's lot's of eating places, a few pubs to quench the thirst and heaps of points of interest. For a great 'Rail Trails' resource - including guide books for VIC and SA Rail trails - see Railtrails Australia
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The recently opened ‘O’Shannassy’s Aquaduct Trail’ takes walkers and mountain bike riders through magnificent prestine forest of mountain ash and treeferns from Don Valley to East Warburton – a truly magestic outdoor experience close to nature.
Other walks & things to see & experience are via La La Falls, Warburton Circuit Walk, Cement Creek Walk, Little & Big Peninsula, Upper Yarra Reservoir and many more
Good Wine & Good Food
The Yarra Valley is irresistible, with visitors returning time and again to taste its famous wines and foods. Lush green paddocks and rows of strong vines paint a story book picture of rustic life. Food lovers must stop at Yering Station to meet the food producers at Yarra Valley Regional Farmers market in the Yering Station Barn (third Saturday of each month) or enjoy a cheese platter or tasting of award winning Australian cheeses at the nearby Yarra Valley Dairy. Order a Yarra Valley Platter at restaurants and cafes throughout the Valley, or lunch and/or sample fine wines at one of the beautiful vineyard restaurants.
Explore the wine list and enjoy local foods at the historic Yarra Valley hotels or stoll down the main street of Warburton visiting boutiques and gift shop. Travel via Archeron Way or Maroondah Highway’s ‘Black Spur’ to Marysville to visit Steavensons Falls.
Wineries Via Warburton Highway
There are many smaller excellent boutique wineries scattered throughout the Yarra Valley & Upper Yarra Valley that beckon to be explored. Via Warburton Highway, visit Elmswood Estate Winery and other boutique Seville wineries - The views from Killara Estate capture the panoramic scene of the Yarra Valley’s mountainous backdrop and Bulong Estate’s award winning wines and fine food leave a lasting impression. The Valley’s ‘Home Hotel’ in Launching Place – Victorian Country Pub of the Year – welcomes Warburton Rail Trail walkers & bikers, travellers and locals to experience their country hospitality, as well as Sam Knott Hotel in Wesburn and the Alpine Hotel in Warburton.
Tucked into the tree clad foothills of the Yarra Ranges near Healesville, the renowned Healesville Sanctuary offers 30 hectares of bushland to experience Australia's wildlife and is a great introduction to the sights, scents and sounds of the Australian bush. A path weaves through the sanctuary, leading to spacious areas where birds and animals live within their native habitats. Experience a fly-by of colourful King Parrots, stand beside inquisitive kangaroos, observe sleepy koalas and encounter dingoes and their keepers walking along pathways. The Birds of Prey presentation is a must see: a thrill packed 20 minutes that demonstrates the flying skills of various Australian birds of prey. The Healesville Sanctuary features walks through habitat exhibits, flight aviaries and special nocturnal exhibits all finely tuned to showcase the wonderful natural behaviour of our unique Australian wildlife. Healesville Sanctuary is a sensational way to spend a day in the Yarra Valley. As Australia's premier wildlife park, the Sanctuary gives you a personal encounter with Australian wildlife creating experiences you'll take away forever.
For information about the Warburton Hwy Region of the Yarra Valley and the Upper Yarra Valley & Surrounds visit Warburton Information Centre at 3400 Warburton Highway, Warburton, Phone 03 5966 9600.