Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

lilydale warburton rail trail cycle touring

Where: Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne

Length: 79km

Difficulty: easy

Terrain: flat/slightly undulating

Surface: well-made crushed gravel. Can be done on a road bike. 

What: attractive pastoral areas, fresh produce, wineries, Yarra River, forested hills


A short out-and-back ride starting and finishing in Lilydale in Melbourne's east. OK, there's no shortage of info about, or awareness of the Warby Rail Trail, but I feel I have to include it because it's just such a good beginner's ride. It’s easily accessible via the metro train network, completely off-road, no great hills or distances, well-serviced by bike shops and cafes, and just so damned nice! There are usually plenty of people on the trail, the scenery is gorgeous, and the valley is known as a gourmet destination, so check out the related tourist info if you're into that. 

If you want a bigger challenge, you could try riding the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail, which runs roughly parallel to the rail trail.



Any time. As always, be prepared for heat in summer and cold/rain in winter.


Jump on the Lilydale train line which will take you to the start at Lilydale. 





Disclaimer: should you choose to cycle this route, you do so at your own risk. Although all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure its accuracy at the time of writing, Adventure Cycling Victoria cannot guarantee that the information herein is 100% correct. The information published is meant as a guide only, and should be combined with your own due diligence and planning. Adventure Cycling Victoria and its contributors are in no way liable for personal injury, damage to personal property, or any other such situation that might happen to individuals following this route.