Melba Park Market Street. It can be accessed from three streets. It is quite large and features a large play area for the kids. Other amenities are a BBQ, picnic seating, drinking tap and toilet block. Almost permanent residents of Melba Park are ducks and Ibis.
Showground Murals Market Street. Opposite Melba Park is the Lilydale Showgrounds. All their buildings feature colourful murals. Dame Nellie Melba can be seen from the park on the main building, but cross the road and walk past the other pavilions to get a glimpse of the show's history.
Melba Room. Athenaeum Theatre 39-41 Castella Street. This small room is entirely devoted to Dame Nellie Melba memorabilia, including many of her personal items. It is of the foyer of the Athenaeum Theatre. The office is open on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays. 10 am – 2.00 pm, and if they are not busy they can show you the Melba Room.
Historic Castella Street
Starting at the corner of Market Street, you will pass the former shire offices, now the Yarra Ranges Museum, the Athenaeum Theatre, Lilydale Tabernacle, Lilydale State School and St Johns church, all of which were built in the 1800s.
Olinda Creek Walk
Address: John Street.
Hours: Never closed.
Starts in John Street on the eastern side of the Olinda Creek and mostly follows the creek. It is only about 500 metres long, but is a very interesting walk and leads to the Lillydale Lake.
Address: Swansea Road.
Hours: Never closed.
The jewel of Lilydale. A 2.5 km very easy circuit walk. On water and off water activities. Bring your dog, canoe, kayak, fishing rod or bicycle and enjoy. Don't forget yourself.
If you prefer a non-active, apart from walking, activity, there is a myriad of passive items to enjoy. A casual walk around the lake could bring you up close and personal to numerous water birds. Ducks, swamphens, coots, ibis, cormorants and darters.
A darter drying wings, one of many birds seen close-up around the lake.
Tuesday to Thursday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm.
Saturday 10 am – 4.00 pm.
Sunday 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.
The library, set in the vast expanse of the Box Hill Campus of Swinburne University, the library is a quiet retreat to borrow a book or two, or just sit and read some of the dozens of magazines available.
Yarra Valley Trail
The newest rail trail in Victoria. Starts at Beresford Road, next to the Warburton Trail. It is a wide, level compacted gravel surface that travels for about seven kms to the old Yering Station. A long walk, but quick if you are on your bike.
It would take almost a day to partake of all the activities, but if you live locally or are passing through Lilydale, or just wish to fill in some quality time, one or two activities at a time would be time well spent.