Yarra Valley Trail
A 40+ kilometre long trail that will link Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Healesville and join into the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.
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About the project
Work is currently underway to build more than 40 kilometres of trail, connecting Lilydale with Yarra Glen and Healesville, then across to the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, creating a valley-wide loop.
The project will help Yarra Ranges become the number one tourist destination in Victoria, and our community will be able to explore and experience their own region in a variety of different ways.
Have a look at what’s been happening with the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination project.
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Frequently asked questions
The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination and Yarra Valley Trail are expected to bring around 432,000 visitors annually to the Yarra Ranges. This consists of 384,000 day visitors and 48,000 night visitors.
This equates to approximately $49 million in economic spend within the region annually, and presents a significant opportunity for businesses to increase their customer base and profits.
Residents that have the trail directly adjacent to their property will have the opportunity to assist Council in identifying solutions to mitigate concerns.
Possible solutions, for example could include erecting site screens and/or fencing.
The Warburton Mountain Bike Destination and Yarra Valley Trail are being developed in a significant natural and cultural environment in the Yarra Ranges. It is a high priority of the project partners’ that the environmental integrity of the surrounding areas be protected and managed. To do this we:
- have convened an expert panel to offer advice and direction to minimise impacts to threatened species and vulnerable and sensitive ecological areas
- will develop a high quality, leading edge trail design to be established in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner, using sensitive construction techniques
- are involving many organisations to offer whole of government thinking, with Council working in partnership with Parks Victoria, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, Melbourne Water and Zoos Victoria
- will adapt and move the trail alignment during construction within a 20 metre wide design corridor to avoid elements such as trees and sensitive ecological areas and preserve the environmental integrity
The trails will allow greater community access to engage with the natural environment, and therefore learn about it and value it.
Along the trails will be innovative education and interpretation signage and opportunities that support environmental and cultural awareness and advocacy.
Stage 1 is expected to cost $5 million.
Stage 2 is expected to cost $7.5 million.
Stage 3 is expected to cost $7.5 million.
Council is currently seeking funding from State and Federal Government and will also provide a contribution.
The Yarra Valley Trail will be delivered in stages over multiple years.
Stage 1 Lilydale to Yarra Glen
Stage 2 Yarra Glen to Healesville
Stage 3 Healesville to Seville East or Woori Yallock.
The Yarra Valley Trail will:
- provide strong physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits for the Yarra Ranges and Victorian community
- bring new visitors to the region, as well as increase the length of stay by offering a new visitor activity
- enable a stronger community connection with the environment and promote increased involvement in volunteer programs such as environmental groups
- support improved social, health and wellbeing outcomes to those individuals and families experiencing disadvantage by offering an accessible form of active recreation and connection to nature
- revitalise the Valley, encouraging new business, attracting visitors and tourism activity, directly stimulating the local economy and creating local jobs for locals.
The project is currently in masterplan/detailed design phase. Once funding is secured, a design and tender process will start to appoint a trail builder.
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The trails will be built by a professional trail builder that will be engaged by Council through a procurement process.
It is proposed to establish an Incorporated Association to manage the trails. This means all profits are put back into the association’s activities.
The association will manage the operation, maintenance, volunteers, events and marketing of the trails network, including both the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination and the Yarra Valley Trail.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council
P.O. Box 105, Anderson Street
Lilydale, VIC 3140
T : 1300 368 333