The Warburton Walking Trail between Lilydale and Warburton closely follows the old railway link line. Rising to a height of 1,250 metres the Mount Donna Buang snowfield has BBQs, toboggan runs and a 21 m tall lookout tower and is the closest snowfield to Melbourne. Some 24 km northeast of Warburton the Upper Yarra Reservoir has well-maintained gardens and picnic grounds; eucalypt bushland; lookouts offer spectacular views of the reservoir, spillway and surrounding catchment area.
Yarra Ranges National Park
Clad in forests of mountain ash and cool-climate rainforest at 1250m Mt Donna Buang is the highlight peak in the Yarra Ranges National Park, and often capped with winter snow. The Rain Forrest Gallery is a fantastic treetop walk along a 40m-observation platform through the rainforest canopy on the slopes of Mount Donna Buang.
Located some 50 km near Melbourne the Kinglake National Park is a huge eucalypt forest on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Kinglake is a small township with a pub. Toolangi was the home of the poet and write CJ Dennis from 1915. Masons Falls Track is an easy 15-minute walk to a waterfall. Other popular walks include the four-hour return Andrew Hill Track, which leaves from the Gums. Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is north of Toolangi on the Murrindindi River and contains some great walks to Cascades and Wilhelmina Falls.
Yarra Flats - Yarra Glen History
Prospectors travelling to Wood Point goldfields took the Yarra Track; in 1889, the more elegant name of Yarra Glen was adopted for the township in the Yarra Valley.
Today Yarra Glenn is central to the business of the Yarra Valley wineries, other rural holdings, and of the tourism businesses as they capitalise on its scenic and environmental assets of the beautiful Yarra Valley.