Yarra Ranges National Park, Tourism Victoria

Population 1949

Warburton was established when gold was discovered in the 1880s, but its picturesque location and proximity to Melbourne meant it quickly became a popular tourist town, with many guesthouses built over the years. There are fine cafes and antique and craft shops in town.

Visitor Information

Water Wheel Visitor and Information Centre, 3400 Warburton Hwy; (03) 5966 9600


Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

Nearby towns

  • Healesville

    To the west of Yarra Ranges National Park and within easy reach of Melbourne, Healesville has a charming rural atmosphere. There are good...more

  • Marysville

    For 100 years, the beautiful subalpine village of Marysville was a much-frequented holiday destination for Melburnians. Providing access to...more

  • Emerald

    Emerald is a delightful little town set in the Dandenong Ranges, which lie behind Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Over the weekend people come...more

In Town

Information centre: local history display and an old-style, operating water wheel, 6 m in diameter. A wood-fire bakery is adjacent to the centre; Warburton Hwy.

River Walk: 9 km return walk, following a pretty stretch of the Yarra River; starts at Signs Bridge on Warburton Hwy.

Upper Yarra Arts Centre: cinema with regular screenings and a variety of live performances held during the year; Warburton Hwy.

Warburton Golf Course: with great views across the river valley; Dammans Rd.

O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail: good walking and cycling track that follows the historic open channelled aqueduct; details from visitor centre.


Yarra Ranges National Park Here, tall mountain ash trees give way to pockets of cool temperate rainforest. Mt Donna Buang, a popular daytrip destination – especially during winter, when it is often snow-covered – is 17 km NW of Warburton. The Rainforest Gallery on the southern slopes of the mountain features a treetop viewing platform and walkway. Night-walk tours here reveal some of Victoria's unique nocturnal creatures. Acheron Way is a scenic 37 km drive north through the park to Marysville. Along the way are views of Mt Victoria and Ben Cairn. Drive starts 1 km E of town.

Yarra Centre: indoor sports and swimming; Yarra Junction, Warburton Hwy; 9 km SW.

Yarra Junction Historical Museum: local history displays; open 1–5pm Sun or by appt; Warburton Hwy; 10 km SW.

Upper Yarra Reservoir: picnic and camping facilities; 23 km NE.

Walk into History: takes in the goldmining and timber region from Warburton East to Powelltown (25 km S); details from visitor centre.

Ada Tree: a giant mountain ash over 300 years old; access from Powelltown.

Yellingbo State Fauna Reserve: good for nature spotting. Home to the helmeted honeyeater, a state emblem; 25 km SW.

Vineyards: several in the region, many with tastings and sales. They include the Yarra Burn Winery, the Five Oaks Vineyard and the Brahams Creek Winery.

Rail trails: former railway tracks now used for walking, bikeriding or horseriding, the main one being the Lilydale to Warburton trail; details from visitor centre. Read more

Fishing spots near town

Rubicon River 53 km

The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from... Find out more

Goulburn River 57 km

The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River... Find out more

Patterson River 60 km

The Patterson River is well known for bream, and walking and bike tracks on both sides of the river offer ease of access for bank fishing. The most productive waters are in the marinas between the Mornington Peninsula... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bicentennial National Trail - Healesville starting point 19 km

Acclaimed as the longest-marked, nonmotorised, multi-use trekking route in the world, this track traverses an incredible 5330 kilometres from Healesville to Cooktown in north Queensland, passing through 18 national... Find out more

Dandenong Ranges National Park 28 km

About an hour’s drive out of Melbourne, some 35 kilometres east of the city, this park has forests of towering mountain ash and lush, damp fern gullies. Around 300 kilometres of walking tracks crisscross the park,... Find out more

Baw Baw National Park 57 km

This 13 300-hectare national park cradles the low-key ski resort at Mount Baw Baw, the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne. Near the resort are 10 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails (and you can hire gear at... Find out more

Golf courses around town

RACV Healesville Country Club 20 km

Of the 120 golf courses featured throughout these pages, the new layout at Healesville is the odd one out. It could, in fact, be considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the... Find out more

The Heritage Golf & Country Club (St John course) 35 km

Jack Nicklaus, the golfer, was the most powerful player of his generation and also its finest strategist, a man who could win a tournament based on smart play and at other times on pure heroics. Jack Nicklaus, the... Find out more

Riversdale Golf Club 52 km

Victoria’s second oldest club, formed 18 months after Royal Melbourne, began life in humble circumstances as the Surrey Hills Golf Club. After a brief stint at Camberwell the club moved to its present location... Find out more

Spring Valley Golf Club 54 km

The story of Spring Valley Golf Club’s early days is not dissimilar to that of many clubs which now call Melbourne’s sandbelt home. Spring Valley began its existence outside the sandbelt, as Forest Hills... Find out more

Huntingdale Golf Club 55 km

Huntingdale – Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath aside – is arguably the most famous of Melbourne’s sandbelt courses, home to the Australian Masters for 30 years. A parade of the game’s best... Find out more

The Sandhurst Club (North Course) 55 km

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has strong ties to Scotland, the home of golf. Not only was it the scene of some of his greatest triumphs but he spends several months a year living there. So it should... Find out more

Southern Golf Club 55 km

Southern is one of the Melbourne sandbelt’s least-known courses, but in recent years its star has been on the rise. The original layout was created by Sam Berriman, a British expat who began his working life in... Find out more

Metropolitan Golf Club 56 km

Metropolitan has changed dramatically over the past century but has never been short of plaudits. The club, the second oldest on the Melbourne sandbelt, was established in 1908. J. B. Mackenzie was one of the founding... Find out more

The Sandhurst Club (Champions Course) 56 km

The Champions course at Sandhurst is the latest addition to the Melbourne sandbelt portfolio. Officially opened for play in 2008, it was designed by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett, the same duo who created the... Find out more

Amstel Golf Club (Ranfurlie course) 56 km

Like a good single-malt Scotch whisky, some golf courses are appreciated more once they have aged. When Amstel Golf Club was looking to expand beyond its 18-hole Park course, it commissioned Mike Clayton to design a ... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Wild Thyme

Muso Alan Seppings runs this bohemian cafe in the middle of the main street in Warburton. He encourages local bands with an ‘open mike’ jam night on the first Saturday of the month, and invites bands from... Find out more

Bulong Estate Winery, Cellar Door and Restaurant

Nestled among the vines in a natural amphitheatre looking east to Mount Donna Buang and the Brittannia Ranges, this modern winery restaurant has spacious decks and established oak trees for alfresco dining accompanied by... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company 30 km

Craft brewers come from all sorts of different backgrounds but classical pianist Simon Walkenhorst and his opera singer wife Beth Williams are among the more exotic. Together, they started Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company... Find out more

Matilda Bay Garage Brewery 54 km

Previously operating as the Stockade Brewery, this South Dandenong-based microbrewery was acquired by the Foster’s-owned Matilda Bay Brewing in 2004 and re-badged as their ‘garage’ brewery. Then head... Find out more

3 Ravens Brewing Company 58 km

This microbrewery began operating from the basement of the successful Thornbury-based engineering company Zetkin and has proved to be an interesting diversion or sideline for the principal business. Some of the company... Find out more

2 Brothers Brewery 59 km

A microbrewery is not exactly what you might expect to find tucked away among panel-beaters and sheet-metal fabricators in the industrial estates of Moorabbin, 20 minutes south-east of Melbourne. While the location may... Find out more

Mountain Goat Brewery 60 km

Kicking off in 1997, home-brewer Dave Bonighton and music industry booking agent Cam Hines proved that two good mates can start a successful microbrewery with no money, but with unlimited enthusiasm, dogged perseverance... Find out more

Campsites around town

Starlings Gap camping area 12 km

Starlings Gap is in the path of 2 excellent forest walking tracks, with the 9 km walk to Big Pats Picnic Area, which follows the 1933 federal tramway, arguably the highlight. In the camping area itself, take a look at... Find out more

Bush camping 12 km

Walk–in sites only along the Walk Into History trail. No facilities, but toilet located at Big Pats Creek. Trail brochure available from DSE.... Find out more

Ada No. 2 Mill camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

Tucked away deep in the forest, this is a walk-in bush-camping spot on the 33 km, 2-day Walk into History Trail that leads from Warburton to Powelltown. The section of the track heading from the mill up to Highlead... Find out more

Federal Mill camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

Like Ada No. 2 Mill, Federal Mill is an overnight camping option for hikers who are tackling all or part of the Walk into History Trail between Powelltown and Warburton. It’s not far south of the soaring,... Find out more

Kurth Kiln camping area 19 km

This camping area is accessed via Soldiers Rd, which branches off the Gembrook–Launching Place Rd. As you stroll through the mountain ash, keep your eyes peeled for swamp wallabies and echidnas.... Find out more

Blue Range camping area (bush camping) 19 km

You can go bush camping in a cleared area in the north of the park along Bunyip Ridge Track, off Bunyip River Rd. You’ll need a 4WD and must be fully equipped, as there are no facilities here. The pay-off is that... Find out more

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park camping area 20 km

This camping area is spacious and wheelchair-accessible and, if the weather is wet, you can take shelter in a large hall equipped with electric BBQs. For a fine view over the reservoir, take the steep 2 km track to the... Find out more

Nash Creek camping area 21 km

In the heart of the park, Nash Creek has an isolated feel. It’s reached via Black Snake Creek Rd, west of the junction with Bunyip River Rd. From the nearby Dyers Picnic Ground you can undertake the 17 km Dyer... Find out more

Latrobe River camping area 23 km

This camping area is sited next to the Latrobe River in the south of the park. If you find the surrounding mountain ash mesmerising, make sure you hunt out the sky-scraping Ada Tree, a real giant – one of the... Find out more

Gentle Annie camping area (bush camping) 24 km

Like Blue Range, this is another cleared bush camping area in the north of the park. It’s close to the Lawson Falls Picnic Ground, where walking tracks provide a gentle half-hour or a more-challenging 2-hour... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Glen Cromie Caravan Park 40 km

In a large, park-like setting on the banks of a stream, this is a popular caravan park during weekends and holiday periods. It is a great place for a family break and just a short drive from the greater Melbourne area.... Find out more

Wantirna Park 43 km

This is a large park with a limited number of tourist sites. Located in the eastern suburbs, its facilities include tennis courts and a recreation room. It is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Crystal Brook Tourist Park 45 km

This park caters for tourists. It has good facilities and is located in a leafy area of the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne. A minimum-length stay applies during holiday periods.... Find out more

Warragul Gardens Holiday Park 50 km

This owner-operated park has spacious grassy sites, good facilities and great amenities. However, the focal point is the magnificent gardens; these alone make the park worth a visit. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park 53 km

Just 6 km south of Dandenong, this is a good quality park, ideal for those wanting to stay on the eastern side of Melbourne. It is very close to the Jayco factory. Bookings are required in peak times and a minimum-stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Charnwood Cottages

There are two country cottages designed for a romantic escape: Ella’s Cottage has a four-poster queen-size bed, while Savannah’s Cottage is furnished with a decorative wrought-iron queen-size bed. Both are... Find out more

Forget Me Not Cottages

Set amid peaceful gardens with a meandering creek and waterfalls, these three themed stone cottages are designed indulgently for just one couple, with colourful decor and private outdoor hot spa. A self-contained water... Find out more

3 Kings B&B

These three apartments’ weatherboard, country-style exterior belies the sleek, contemporary design and luxury fittings inside. You can relax in the spa bath, or in the comfortable lounge while warming yourself by... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gumbuya rest area 35 km

77km E of Melbourne (L) or 40km W of Yarragon (R)

Secluded among trees well off the highway.

Bunyip rest area 39 km

29km W of Yarragon (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For westbound only.

What's on around town

Film Festival: Upper Yarra Arts Centre; June.

Winterfest: wood festival; July.

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