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?
Unfortunately Cog does not offer a shuttle service. However there is privately run shuttle service called Pedal Pickups. Give Jenny a call on 0413 263 558 to have a chat.
If you choose to only ride one way, there is public transport that runs along the Warburton Hwy, which can get you back to your starting point. A maximum of 2 bikes can be carried on the bus at a time.
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.