The above map shows the spot, where we started the trail. For actual map of the trail refer to the end of the post.
The trail has been built on the abandoned rail-line track from Lilydale to Warburton. The idea of using the old train trail this way seems to me to be just brilliant. The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail has a reputation of the most picturesque bicycle track around Melbourne and as such it was in my bucket list for a long time. There always were good reasons for not to ride it, starting with its length of 40 km, which was too much for our kids. So far at least, as we finally decided the distance is ok for both 9 years young and 39 years old (just to mention extreme ages of cyclists in our family group).
The time we endured the trail is usually considered to be the begin of snow season is Victorian mountains, but this year the weather on 8th of June was just splendid. Quite chilly in the morning (6 deg.C), but nice and sunny throughout the day (reaching 15 deg), which makes this winter weather better than summer hot, at least for bicycle riding. The only disadvantage of such a winter seems to be the short day. Being quite lazy and slow in the morning we hardly managed to finish the trip before the sunset.
The other complication was that we as usual decided to make the trip in unusual direction: instead of starting in Lilydale we drove all the way to Warburton, parked the cars and hit the trail from there. We hoped to have the ride a little bit more downhill than opposite direction, which finally appeared to be not really the case. First 20 km were a pleasant almost flat (or a little bit downhill) ride, but then we faced not steep, but quite long climb, reaching the peak in Mount Evelyn (about 7 km before Lilydale) almost exhausted. The small cafe on Silvan Road was most welcome there.
The last 7 km from Mount Evelyn to Lilydale was a fast downhill ride. I can imagine there can be a difficult start for the ride if you intent to make it the other direction and start in Lilydale.
As I mentioned before: we arrived at Lilydale Station shortly before 5pm and it was was when we boarded the bus to Warburton, which seemed to be the simplest way to recover our cars left in the carpark.
Below see the pictures I made during this beautiful bicycle trip, followed by the map, technical summary and elevation profile from GPS. Enjoy.
close to start of the track in Warburton
The trail is very well maintained
The remainings of a train station in Yarra Junction
Not only bikes ride the trail
Launching Place Hotel – a nice place for a rest and maybe even a lunch
The hills in Yarra Valley
One of the street crossings
The cafe in Seville made in an old train carriage
The trail trace from GPS
The trail profile from GPS.
0 km is Warburton, 40 km is Lilydale
|Nearest town:||Warburton, Lilydale (Vic)|
|From Melbourne:||77 km to Warburton|
|Link:||Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail Map|