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Published September 20th 2015
Rejoice fellow couch potatoes! Winter has stormed out without a backward glance and spring has arrived looking hot and lively. It's time to get up, up and moving. No, not to the fridge! I'm talking about taking a ride along the Warby Trail.
The Lilydale to Warburton trail a.k.a the Warby Trail was established as a recreational trail in 1998 for cyclists, walkers and people keen to remove remnants of eating too much pudding over winter.
But its journey didn't begin here; it began way back in 1901 as a rail line used to carry fruit, vegetables and timber from the Wandin farmlands into Melbourne. Unfortunately the line was decommissioned and the rails removed in the 1960's and 70's due to an increase in cars and low passenger numbers. It lay dormant for some time until a group of very cool locals rallied together and lobbied to have it commissioned as a rail trail and helped open it up to the public. Comprising a whopping 38km the trail is divided up into segments so you can enjoy the views, historical landmarks, wineries and farmlands over a few visits. It's quite something to see the old platforms still standing strong, surrounded by bush and farmland and each segment has something different to offer.
A great place to start is the Seville to Killara trail. Beginning at the old Seville Station platform, you can still see the station sign. Seville Station was originally built for the Syme family's major land holding which went as far as Woori Yallock. Imagine that, having a station built just for you! This is a 3.3 km trail and can be walked or cycled on easily. It has a good mixture of farmland and bushland. You'll see cows, horses, ponies, the occasional rabbit, farm houses, creeks, the old platforms and amazing rolling hills. We took two cars and parked either end as it was a bit too far to do the return trip with small kids if walking.
Just up from the old Seville station platform is the Seville Water Play Park. In November – April the water jets are on to play in. You will also find the Carriage Cafe which offers all day breakfast and is very well priced. It was a real delight to see they have artfully transformed the carriages into booths and still maintained the soul of the old carriages. Outside tables are also available where you can sit and enjoy some sun and check out the paddocks with sheep and horses. Toilet, picnic, barbeque and parking facilities are also available here.
Where:If starting at Carriage Café (Seville) you can park in a small steep entrance parking lot on Station Street or keep going on Station Street for a short while and cross Victoria Road to park at the old Seville train platform. If staring at Killara Pl
Great idea to reuse old train lines as walking paths/parks. I'm from NYC originally & The High Line in Chelsea is from a decommissioned train line...it's so popular its surpassed Central Park in tourists.