What is the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail?
The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is a recreational facility used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is 40km (one way) long and follows the alignment of the old Lilydale to Warburton broad gauge railway, which closed in 1965. Former station houses and platforms can be seen along it’s length. Click HERE for a printable version of the Rail Trail map.
Where is the trail?
The Warby trail is literally right on our doorstep, at one end, and is accessible easily by public transport at Lilydale station. Cog is located right behind the Warby Police Station, in the middle of town. There is only one alternative cycling route to return from Warburton to Lilydale, the O’Shanessy Aqueduct trail. Public transport from Lilydale to Warburton is bus only, via the Warburton Highway. This bus MAY allow up to 2 bicycles depending on the bus.
How long will it take to ride each way?
The trail is 40km each way. Cyclists can take anywhere from 2hrs to 5hrs to ride one way. Depending on how fit you are, or how often you stop and admire this beautiful part of Victoria, most weekend visitors will take a good 5hrs to ride one way.
If I ride one way, can I get picked up?
If you choose to only ride one way, I can only pick-up the bicycle. I am not licensed to pick-up passengers. There is public transport that runs along the Warburton Hwy, which can get you back to your starting point. A minimum pick up/drop off/one way only fee of $40 applies (past Launching Place it’s $60) if you wish to only ride one way.
What is the surface of the trail like?
The majority of the trail is finely crushed rock, with a definite swept line each way (as a result of traffic use) . There are no sharp corners or technical sections of the trail. The trail is suited for absolute beginners, children, bike tag-a-longs, recumbents, uni-cycles and just about any human powered or assisted vehicle.
Is it hilly?
Because the trail follows an old rail line, the majority of the trail is flat, or has a very slight incline/decline. If you were to ride the whole trail from one end to the other, you will climb a total of 206 meters in the 40kms. Riding from Lilydale to Warburton, you’ll climb 135m in the first 6.9kms, then go downhill for 16.1km to Worri Yallock, then climb 69m in 17.1km to Warburton. Click HERE for an elevation map.
There are water taps on the trail at Mt Evelyn (outside Penny Olive), Seville (‘the waterhole’) and at Yarra Junction (at the public toilets).
Can I hire a bike?
Yep! Cog Bike Cafe Warburton has a fleet of Rail Trail suitable bikes for any skill level and height of rider. We can even organise a shuttle, if you only feel like riding one way! Click HERE for more details.
The immensely popular Alpine Gravity’s Elevation Series is coming to Warburton!!
September 19th – 21st sees the first round to be run on a totally knew trail on private property.
If you’ve never ridden the trails out at Warby, this is the perfect opportunity to see it at its best!!
Happy Riding everyone!!
A fun and exciting ride leaving Cog THIS Sunday!!
Hi there everyone!
At the end of August will be the Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers AGM and general meeting.
Sunday 24th August.
Lilydale Lake Community Room, 435 Swansea Rd, Lilydale.
AGM kicks off @ 6.00pm for committee elections. This is also the perfect time to renew or become a financial member of YRMTB. Being a financial member gives you a legitimate voice on the goings on with Mountain Biking in the Yarra Ranges. The more financial members we have, the bigger the voice and the better that is for MTBking in the Yarra Ranges!!
From 7.00 we have a panel show called “Warburton Cycle Hub- how can we make it happen”. Speakers from World Trail, Parks Victoria, Dept of Environment and Primary Industries and Yarra Ranges Council will be there. These speakers are the governmental movers and shakers behind the Warburton Cycling Hub. They will have plenty to say about the hub and there will be time for Q&A, so get those questions ready.
Drinks and food supplied by YRMTB.
Everyone is welcome. Come along and find out what exciting times are ahead for MTB in the Yarra Ranges.
See ya’ll there!!