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. See below for a downloadable map.
Where is the trail?
The Warby trail is literally right on our doorstep, at one end. 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’Shannassy Aqueduct trail. The O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail is set into the mountain ranges, and gives some fantastic views of the Yarra Valley. When you pop into the Cog to hire your bike, or as you ride past - pop into see us and we can highlight to you the a loop which will take you from the Cog up to the Aqueduct and back again!
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.
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.
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