Warburton is a charming old gold mining town located in the fertile green upper Yarra Valley, between heavily forested mountains and it is conveniently located only 75 km from Melbourne. Warburton caters well for visitors with a cafes and eateries.
The Yarra River passes through Warburton and is lined with attractive parkland and sporting facilities. The Warburton River Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month on the banks of the Yarra River.
When the railway arrived in 1901 the town became a popular destination for Melburnians due to the fresh mountain air and scenic attractions. This resulted in a large number of guesthouses.
There are many things to do in Warburton including bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, fishing, horse riding and in winter, tobogganing at Mt Donna Buang.
Places to visit around Warburton
Cement Creek is located about 10 kilometres from the summit of Mount Donna Buang. This picturesque Rainforest consists of a series of steps down to a lush forest floor. The Mount Donna Buang Skywalk is also accessed from here. The Skywalk offers visitors the opportunity to walk along a 40 metre long elevated walkway through the tree tops.
Miner's Cottage Art Gallery
The Miner's Cottage Art Gallery is located on the highway 5 km west of Warburton and it has a range of artworks. The Miner's cottage in which it is situated was built in about 1878 and has been restored.
Mount Donna Buang Scenic Reserve
Mt Donna Buang (1250 m) is the closest snowfield to Melbourne, and consequently it is a very popular destination with Melburnians. The main activities include tobogganing and hiking. There is a lookout tower with spectacular views of the Yarra Valley, the Dandenongs, Mt Buller, Mt Baw Baw and Melbourne.
Upper Yarra Reservoir Park
Upper Yarra Reservoir is 25 km north east of Warburton in Yarra Ranges National Park. There are some wonderful walking tracks including Fern Gully Trail as well as an excellent lookout.
There are a very large number of walking tracks that pass through the beautiful mountain ash forests. The Mountain Ash is the second-largest tree species in the world. Several of the walks go past old gold mining sites, or follow the old timber tramways which were built to convey timber from the forests to bush sawmills.
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