Mt Donna Buanng
Mt Victoria and Donna Buang are frequently covered in snow during the winter months. ‘Donna’ is a very popular spot for the not so serious tobogganing enthusiast, or families and anyone wanting to throw a snowball, build a snowman or just roll in the snow.
Further up the range is Lake Mountain, one of Australia’s best cross country skiing mountains. During the snow season , toboggan hire is available in Warburton, Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain.
Warburton Waterwheel Visitor Information Centre
The Visitor Information Centre is located on the main street in the heart of Warburton and represents all the wonderful things to do and places to stay in the Warburton Valley, and all the towns along the Warburton Highway. Speak to one of our volunteers (they are all locals and a wealth of knowledge) and plan a great day out or weekend away. The Visitor Centre is open daily between 10am and 4pm and is well stocked with brochures and information sheets for you to take away. Book your accomodation or simply relax for a while on the deck and soak up the view. The friendly volunteers will help you make your trip or stay the best Warburton Valley has to offer. You can even buy local wine there.
Learn the history of the McVeighs Waterwheel, which continues to turn at the entrance and gives the Visitor information Centre its name.
Scenic Walks of Warburton
Whether you want a scenic walk around the beautiful yarra river and tributaries or a walk into the history of the town along the well know rail trail or a vertical climb to the summit of Mt Donna Buanng for the super fit, Waburton has an array of scenic walking trails.
Popular tracks are
- Dolly Grey Park(2.5km|1.5 hours | Easy) This walk can be shortened to less than 1km by parking at the beginning of the Backstairs Track (Melways 289 K5).
- Riverside Tracks (5.5km |2 hours | Easy).
- La La Falls (3km |1.5 hours | Easy)
- East Warburton/ Riverside Drive (9km | 3-4 hours | Medium)
- Backstairs Track Old Warburton Road – La La Falls – Riverside Track (10km | 4 hours | Medium/Hard)
- Warburton Trail – Mount Little Joe – Backstairs Track – Dolly Grey Park (10km |4 hours| Medium/Hard)
- Mount Donna Buanng (12 km| 7 hours | Strenuous – for fit and experienced bushwalkers only)
The Ada Tree, a giant Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans), is considered to be one of Victoria’s largest living trees. It is estimated to be over 300 years old and towers over the surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River.
The Ada Walk
Location: Yarra State Forest
Distance: 3.2km return
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grade: No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps. Walks up to 10km.
Situated halfway up Mt Donna Buanng this beautiful site features a 40 metre long observation platform (one of only three of its type in Australia) which takes you into the rainforest canopy 15 metres above the ground.
A 350 metre long elevated walkway takes you through the Rainforest Gallery where you will see magnificent 65 metre tall old growth Mountain Ash trees, ancient Myrtle Beech trees (many of which are 300 to 400 years old), ferns, mosses and other plants that make up this damp and diverse rainforest environment.
There are several viewing spots along the walkway where you can pause and enjoy the sounds of Cement Creek flowing past on its journey to the Yarra River.”
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is an iconic 40 km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows the path of the historical railway line through the stunning Yarra Valley starting behind Lilydale Railway Station and finishing in the Warburton township.
Follow the trail past the old turntable and continue around behind Mount Lilydale Mercy College which links to the Maroondah Highway Overpass. Make your way up into delightful bushland surroundings and through the tunnel, take the time to enjoy the historic first aid post.
Follow the ‘Warburton Trail’ through vineyards, beautiful mountain scenery, farmlands and forests. Cross the many restored bridges. Meander past remnants of the former station platforms and stop in at the original 1882 railway station, also known as the Upper Yarra Museum.
The Rail Trail’s gentle gradients make it ideal for all levels of fitness including families.