Cycling the Warby Trail and O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail will take approximately 2 days and covers 89kms through the wonderful bushland scenery of Warburton and back to Lilydale.
Day 1 (40KM):
Ride from Lilydale to Warburton on the Rail Trail – remembering the delightful eateries to stop off for sustenance. You can take some supplies with you on the bike, and have a picnic on the way. Old station sites like Seville, Killara, Woori Yallock, Wesburn are perfect for the picnic option.
- Stay overnight in Warburton.
Day 2 (49KM):
Ride the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail loop by firstly making your way up to the Yuonga Rd car park on the aqueduct. Then ride west on the Aqueduct Trail to Don Road (about 13km), then left on Don Road until you connect with the Rail Trail again at Launching Place. The Trail crosses the Warburton Highway here – take the Rail Trail west towards Woori Yallock, and continue on to return to Lilydale.
SERVICES & FACILITIES ALONG THE WARBURTON RAIL TRAIL
•Morrison’s Cafe, Mt Evelyn Station site, Mt. Evelyn
•Penny Olive Bakery, Mt Evelyn - at the Warburton Trail crossing of the Monbulk Rd
•The Carriage Cafe, a few hundred meters west of the Seville station site
•Home Hotel, Launching Place
•Amanda’s Cafe, Ranges Café, Yarra Junction township
•Millgrove Bakery and Millgrove General Store, Millgrove village
•COG Bike Cafe, at the Warburton Station site, adjacent to the Warburton township
A little further off-trail you will find a range of cafes, restaurants and hotels in the various towns and villages along the way.
For bike hire, sales and repair:
•Ride Yarra Valley, 108 MAIN Rd Lilydale
•COG Bike Cafe, Trail-side, Warburton Station site (Thursday-Sunday)
For tourist information and details of local rides:
•Waterwheel Visitor Information Centre, 3400 Warburton highway, Warburton – call 03 5966 9600
We have indicated a level of difficulty for each ride based upon the following ratings
1. Basic cycling fitness required. Could ride flat or gently undulating surface for 1 – 2 hours
2. Moderate fitness required. Could ride some hills and a duration of over 2 hours
3. More advanced fitness level required. Could ride long distances and climb hills over extended periods
4. High levels of fitness required. Competition-level fitness, can maintain constant high-level output, well developed muscular and cardiovascular ability