Victoria's most accessible and well-used rail trail follows the historic broad-gauge railway line (closed in 1965) from Lilydale as it winds its way through the gorgeous Yarra Valley passing native bushland, rich farmland, world-class wineries, trail-side cafes and verdant forests to Warburton.
Cycle the adventure trails of the Warburton Valley. There's plenty to challenge cyclists of any level - choose a downhill mountain bike test of your agilty and stamina, or a more serene ride through picturesque countryside. Read our definitive guide to activities in the Warburton Valley here.
This single track mountain bike loop packs a punch for experienced riders looking for up and down action. The trail started life as a clandestine local’s secret but it has since been certified by DELWP and you can still feel its under-the-radar birth as it has a bit of a grassroots, rough-and-ready vibe.
Carved into the mountainside above the Upper Yarra Valley, the O’Shannasey Aqueduct Trail makes for a wonderful ride and heading east from Warburton has some real hidden and not-so-hidden gems. The out-and-back ride is within the abilities of an intermediate cyclist, with the majority being on a mixture of flat, open trail and sealed road though, whilst for the most part the Aqueduct Trail has only a gentle gradient, this eastern section is slightly more challenging than the western section.
Carved into the mountainside above the Upper Yarra Valley, the O’Shannasey Aqueduct Trail makes for a wonderful ride, especially if you combine it with a section of the Lilydale to Warbuton Rail Trail to make a loop that starts and ends in the middle of the Warburton village. Whilst it can be ridden fast, the environment rewards a slower, more contemplative pace so that you can take in the flora and fauna, you don’t want to miss a lyrebird because you’re racing.
The Shop Ride is a social ride first plotted by Doug from Cog Bike Café. It takes riders on an 18.5km loop around Warburton and it offers a little something for everyone, whether you are pushing for fast splits and high cadence or out for a few hours of moderate activity with enough vertical gain to raise your pulse.