With over 60 wineries in the region, you
should be able to find something of interest. From the award winning
Yering Station, Domain Chandon and De Bortoli to the numerous smaller
wineries dotted throughout the valley, there is too much to do in
one day. For that matter, there is far too much to do in two
days. I guess a return trip could not be that hard.
Sightseeing, Cycling and Bushwalking
From the Alpine Retreat Hotel you can do as much or as little as you
like. With very little effort you can undertake breathtaking bush
and river walks from the very door of the hotel. Or, if
you are feeling slightly more
energetic, you can take a walk or
along the Warburton Trail, set on the
old Upper Yarra train line. The trail, which passes the rear boundary
of the hotel, provides a unique cycling, running and walking track
between Lilydale and Warburton. Bike hire can be arranged.
If you are really keen and super fit, you can try cycling to the
top of Mt Donna Buang. Or you could take the more leisurely option
and drive to the top (highly recommended). The drive takes half an
hour from Warburton. Up the top you can climb the stairs to the
lookout and marvel at the panoramic views of the entire valley.
Half way up the mountain you will find the Mt Donna Buang
Rainforest Gallery Treetop Skywalk. The short walk is not demanding
but is certainly an eye-opening one. Taking you directly over a
cliff and into the heart of a wild rainforest, it is an enlightening
and exhilarating experience.
Then there are those who come to Warburton and end up doing very
little. This is a very easy option. Lying by the river, trying
another cafe for lunch or just thinking about going for a bushwalk.
Around The Town
Warburton is an historic town, settled during the nineteenth
century gold rush years and thrived for the next one hundred years
or so on a healthy timber trade. In the mid twentieth century
Warburton became the place for wealthy Melbournians to recharge,
retreat and honeymoon and many of the grand establishments of that
era are still to be found scattered around Warburton.
The township has a number of cafes, restaurants, retail outlets,
natural health centres, art galleries and a theatre. You could
easily spend the whole day just strolling around the town, eating
shopping or simply sitting by the river annoying the
numerous ducks and geese. (Take care with the big white
geese - their tolerance level is very low.)
For those determined to spoil a good walk, the Warburton Golf is
hard to resist. Little more than a stone's throw from the Alpine ,
the pampered fairways and manicured greens cover a challenging
course, with views so stunning they are liable to put you off your
If aii that sounds too energetic, you can always go fishing. The Yarra
River has many popular spots for trout and, if you can fish out some
local knowledge there are some freshwater crayfish to be had.
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.