To Sunday 27 August 2017 - 05:00pm
We liked it so much in Autumn, it's back on for Winter. The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia's iconic Rail Trails, meandering through the Yarra Valley between Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Range. You can ride there and back in a day but the plan for this ride is a more leisurely approach over two on the last weekend in April. The plan is to stay overnight at the Alpine Retreat. It's excellent value.
We'll take the time to enjoy the spectacular views of the Yarra Ranges National Park, passing through beautiful bushland, wineries and farmland along the way. The track follows the old railway line through the towns of Wandin, Woori Yallock, Seville, Launching Place, Yarra Junction, Wesburn, Millgrove and finishes in Warburton. Look out for kangaroos, bird life and wildflowers between Lilydale and Mt Evelyn, and butterflies and tree ferns on the way to Wandin. More about Warburton Rail Trail here.
We'll stop for coffee at the Carriage Café in Seville (inspired by the trains that once travelled what is now the Warburton Trail) and have lunch at Home Hotel in Launching Place. On the way back we'll make Seville our lunch stop.