The trail begins at Beresford Road adjacent to the Warburton Trail. Opposite the start is Creek Road, a short no through road which offers parking while using the trail. Also at this location is a water re-fill station for man and beast alike.
Before you start you can top up your water supply.
The trail crosses two roads, Nelson Road in Lilydale and Station Street at Coldstream. At both these two crossings, there are gates to ensure cyclists have to dismount to proceed. A good safety initiative.
In the early part of the trail, you pass the sports fields of Mt. Lilydale Mercy College, and on the opposite side of the trail, you pass several large ponds of the Yarra Valley Water purification plant. Many ducks were swimming on the water and several straw-necked Ibis were 'grazing' on the grassy verges.
In the very near future, if not already, this trail will become very popular as it is not overly long, particularly for cyclists, is very easily navigated, and offers interesting scenery along the way.
All the above will double when the Yering to Yarra Glen section will be completed in December 2021, as the trail will cross several small trestle bridges as the rail trail is elevated above the landscape, due to frequent flooding.
Rail Trails are awesome. I live just a couple of blocks from the Wonthaggi-Nyroa rail trail and lathough cycling isn't my thing I do often walk along the trail usually watching for bird life and kangaroos and beutiful mushrooms in season.