Warburton is where it all begins…
Just one hour from Melbourne, the Warburton Valley is life at nature’s pace.
Always green, Warburton is where the Yarra River runs clear.
Relax by the river in summer, celebrate the beauty and abundance of harvest in autumn, enjoy an easy day of snow play on Mt Donna Buang in winter and reconnect with nature on one of our many forest walks in spring.
Start your visit with a delicious meal prepared with farm fresh produce, and meet the local wildlife while you enjoy the great outdoor activities the beautiful valley offers. And whether you are exploring by bike, foot or car, there’s always a fine wine or a great coffee to be found.
To catch up in the Warburton Valley is to slow down.
What is the weather like in the Warburton Valley?
The Warburton Valley is a cool climate region with average temperatures of:
Summer - 26.6°C
Autumn - 20.4°C
Winter - 14.1°C
Spring - 19°C
Come visit our National Parks
The State & National Parks in the Yarra Valley are free to enter. Warburton is located at the foothills of Mt Donna Buang (elevation 1250m), which offers year round outdoor adventures for the whole family, and is Melbourne's closest mountain for snow play in winter.
For more information on parks in the region and any safety advice, please visit Parks Victoria's website.
Click here for snow reports.
Accommodation - so much to choose from!
There are a wide variety of accommodation types and locations in the region that will suit any group size or budget.
Cycling, Wineries, and Eclectic Art
Cycling is well catered for in the Warburton Valley. From recreational rides on the Rail Trail, to the more adventurous downhill and mountain bike trails, from world-class endurance events up mountains to a cycling holiday taking in the sights, there are many reasons to get active. Many of our trails are also great for running, walking (the Rainforest Walk is a must) and horseriding too.
With the Yarra Valley recognised as one of the world's great cool climate wine producing regions, the Warburton Valley is home to many mid-size and boutique wineries including the world-renowned Bulong Estate, Mont De Lancy, Killara Estate and Wild Cattle Creek for an intimate wine experience
Warburton is home to an eclectic mix of artists and exhibitions. Community-based mosaic projects are a feature of the town with the Great Steps of Warburton on the main street a delight for children and adults alike. Visit the uniquely crafted home of local Boinga Bob, or take in an exhibition at the Waterwheel - your senses will be delighted.
Wander around our Villages - Warburton and surrounds
- With the Yarra River meandering through the town, lined with gorgeous trees and numerous parks, Warburton offers a relaxing experience. The Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail begins here.
Other towns of the Warburton Valley include:
Each township has its own unique charm and historical contribution to the rich tales of the Warburton Valley. Read a short history of Warburton here.
How to get to the Warburton Valley
Use our interactive Driving in the Yarra Valley to find out about travel times.
By Road - From Melbourne City to Yarra Valley (via Eastlink Tollway) - Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Toolway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway and go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel - make sure to stay in the left lane as the turnoff is straight after the tunnel ends. Turn left after exiting the tunnel towards Ringwood. Turn left onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, turn right at the Warburton Highway turnoff to explore the Warburton Valley.
Please be aware of our local fauna as you drive. Deers, kangaroos, wombats and other local wildlife are especially active at dusk but it's worth keeping an eye out for them at all times during your visit.
Travel Times (by road)
Lilydale to Warburton (36kms) - 35 minutes
Melbourne to Warburton (78kms) - 1 hour 20 minutes
Melbourne to Healesville (65kms) - 1 hour
Essential Information: Where to Park and Public toilets
Warburton - Please note parking restricitons apply, please check the signs.