Warburton Township Loop
  • Length: 5km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Warburton Main Street

  • End: Warburton Main Street

  • Closest Town: Warburton

  • Location: Warburton

  • Distance from state capital: 74km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.75411444

  • Longitude: 145.6875413

Warburton Township Loop is a 5km, grade 2 Circuit hike located in Warburton Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Summary

The Warburton River Walk is a beautiful, gentle 5km walk that is easy and accessible. If you want to stretch your legs a bit more it can easily be turned into a substantially longer 16km circuit.

The Yarra River is the lifeblood of Melbourne and it is no more beautiful than in its upper reaches here in the Warburton Valley where the water runs clear before it crosses the clay flats further downstream. Depending on the time of the year, the river can boast a series of swift rapids or just be bubbling along gently – either way it’s always idyllic.

With the walk being right in the middle of Warburton village, experiencing the Yarra couldn’t be easier. You can start at any of the four bridges that cross the river behind the township but we recommend you head for the iconic Swing Bridge, one of the few examples of this type of bridge in Victoria.

Once on the northern bank the route tracks the contours of the river as it snakes along the valley floor in the shadow of Mt Donna Buang – a spectacular site and one of the few mountains in Australia that stands right above a town. Information boards dotting the walk provide deeper insight into the river and surrounds and there are seats, BBQs and picnic spots along the banks that encourage a slow pace. Crossing to the southern bank brings you back to where you began.

No matter if you had your arms swinging in a brisk, pulse-raising walk or simply strolled along the picturesque river stopping frequently, there is no better way to finish than taking advantage of coffee and cake.

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For more information about this trail go to Visit Warburton


Getting there

From Melbourne City to Yarra Valley (via Eastlink Tollway) – Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Toolway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway and go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel – make sure to stay in the left lane as the turnoff is straight after the tunnel ends. Turn left after exiting the tunnel towards Ringwood. Turn left onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, turn right at the Warburton Highway turnoff to explore the Warburton Valley. Follow Old Warburton Rd to Irruka Rd in Warburton. Continue to Station Road in Warburton.

By Public Transport Public Transport Victoria has regular trains heading to Lilydale Station. From Lilydale Station, catch a Martyrs bus to travel to Warburton .

About the region

With the Yarra River meandering through the town, lined with gorgeous trees and numerous parks, Warburton offers a relaxing experience. The Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail begins here. Warburton is where it all begins… Just one hour from Melbourne, the Warburton Valley is life at nature’s pace. Always green, Warburton is where the Yarra River runs clear.

Tips

Can be done any time of the year.

 

Total distance: 5396 m
Max elevation: 187 m
Min elevation: 143 m
Total climbing: 138 m
Total descent: -132 m
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Alternative Trail

For a longer option, follow the Walk It guide until you get to Warburton Hwy but instead of doubling back turn left onto the bridge to cross the river again and sweep around onto the underpass that crosses below the Highway to pick up the trail on the other side. Follow this behind the caravan park and in and out of bushland beside the river for 2km before exiting to the left. Cross Woods Point Rd with care and turn right onto the footpath. Follow this path for 1.3km until you cross a bridge over the Yarra and arrive at the intersection with Riverside Dr. Turn right onto Riverside Dr and follow that for 3.3km until it becomes Kellys Rd. 850m later cross the Warburton Hwy with care and re-join the Walk It guide at Point 7.

 

Total distance: 13255 m
Max elevation: 187 m
Min elevation: 143 m
Total climbing: 211 m
Total descent: -205 m
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For more information about this trail go to Visit Warburton

 

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