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Lilydale is the gateway to both the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley. With a busy train line from Melbourne operating early until late it's an ultimately very accessible entrance to the region.

Lilydale is part of the Shire of Yarra Ranges and is close to suburbs including Mooroolbark, Mt Evelyn and Yarra Glen.

It's the start of the iconic Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail that journeys through the Yarra Valley between the Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Ranges. The 38km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders follows the path of the historical railway line which was established in the 1900s to service the agricultural industry of the time

Lilydale is also home to the local Yarra Ranges Regional Museum which boasts stunning architectural design set in tranquil surroundings. The museum features exhibition spaces, programs for all ages and abilities, a resource library, a museum shop and a cafe.

Spending a day at Lillydale Lake provides a top-class fully accessible playground with BBQ facilities, shady picnic spots and walking tracks. At the lake, families love the splashpad, especially in the warmer months when kids can splash and stay cool for free! The jets are on from 1 November to the March Labour Day holiday each year. There are also two dog off-leash areas where dogs can let off some steam and make new friends. The entire park is dog-friendly so take your best friend on a fabulous walk.

With a mix of new urban cafes and restaurants providing quality coffee, lunch and dinner experiences the foodies are well catered for from the very start of their visit.

Perfect for that weekend escape, start planning your trip to Lilydale and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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