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Warburton Day Trip

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published May 1st 2013
Discover one my favourite towns

Warburton is one of my favourite country towns in Victoria and is a nice day trip from home. For me, being on the Peninsula, it's usually under 2 hours drive, but if you live in the CBD, then it's only 72 km from the centre.

Warburton river

The first thing you will notice before you come into town is the Yarra River on your left hand side and the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail on the right, however, the rail trail does alternate sides.

It feels like you have left the city far behind when you reach this point, as the mountains come into view, it feels cooler and the autumn trees are stunning with bright reds and yellows with the river giving it a peaceful feel.

Ducks in the river

You will find the river behind the shops, it's a great place for a picnic lunch on the lawn or on the handmade picnic tables that are placed perfectly to take in the view of the river. My kids love the ducks, they look so relaxed as they just float with the flow of the river, and occasionally decide to swim back up river when the kids offer them some bread.

Visitor information centre

The visitor information centre is a great place to visit, not just for local information it's also full of locally made arts and crafts for sale. Our children loved the Australian animal display which included a koala, kangaroo, wallaby, wombat, fox, echidna and several birds. The display is used to educate school students and international visitors about Australian native and feral wildlife.

Information centre art gallery

I haven't noticed the art gallery within the information centre until now, I think it's a great way of supporting local artists. The ideas behind the designs are amazing, I particularly liked this wooden teddy bear made by a local, it has a sign next to it with photos of all the processes he went through in making it. If I had a spare $450, I would loved to have bought it.

The gallery changes every two months, so if you really like anything in the gallery I suggest you buy it because I am told they sell quickly.

One of my favourite Antique stores is What Nots in Warburton and is directly opposite the information centre. It is packed full of really cool stuff and prices are reasonable. The owner is very friendly and is more than happy to help if you're after something in particular.

Warburton Main Street

Warburton's shopping strip is full of great cafes and gift shops, it is a tourist town but not like Bright or Sorrento, it still maintains a rustic country town feel with lots character and personality. I really like Bright and Sorrento but I think the tourists outweigh the locals in these towns and changes the dynamics of the town.

Warburton Pantry

Warburton Pantry is one of the many great cafes in Warburton, others to consider are Three Sugars, Wild Thyme, Good Food Room, Crundish, Polish Jester, Kitchenboys and Riverview cafe and Wine Bar.

Towards the river

This one of the many beautiful little walk ways between the shops to the river, just thought I'd add this photo.

picnic table by the river

Murals on the former train platform

At the back of the information centre you will find the remains of the old Warburton railway station, this is used as the Lilydale to Warburton rail trail nowadays. On side of the old railway platform each concrete section has a different mural of the towns history and they are very well done.

Hire a bike from the Cog Cafe

If you're feeling energetic then Cog Bike Cafe also hire out bikes, kids bike trailers and tag along bikes for a full or half day hire. It would be a great to ride the rail trail. Bike hire for a half day is $25.

La La Falls

A must visit when you're in Warburton is the beautiful La La Falls.
I hope you enjoy Warburton as much as I do.
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Why? For a great day trip
When: All year round
Phone: 59669600
Where: Warburton Hwy, Warburton
Cost: free
Your Comment
Those ducks are very photogenic; the one on the right looks like it struck a pose just for you.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2659 days ago
Gorgeous photos -lovely article.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5927) 2648 days ago
Well done for promoting a beautiful spot so near to the CBD.
by berto (score: 0|5) 1902 days ago
Just subscribed. Really enjoying your articles - so many great ideas of things to do with the kids around our beautiful state. Thank you! Eliza
by eliza (score: 0|4) 2659 days ago
my family has had ties to this wonderfull town for more than one hundred years, and will always have a special place in my heart
by Cmci1907 (score: 0|2) 2652 days ago
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