Warburton Mountain Bike Destination

A world-class mountain bike destination in the heart of the Yarra Ranges

Update – Warburton Mountain Bike Destination

The EES exhibition period closed at 11:59pm on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

The IAC Hearing and Inquiry for the proposed Warburton Mountain Bike Destination has now closed.

The panel will now prepare a report of their findings for the Minister for Planning, with a decision expected to be announced in June 2022.

Ride Yarra Ranges

An initiative of Yarra Ranges Council, which will deliver an accessible and sustainable world-class trail destination that immerses you in the natural beauty of the Yarra Valley.

Located 70km from Melbourne, Ride Yarra Ranges includes the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination – 177km of world-class mountain bike trail centred around the Warburton township and the Yarra Valley Trail – 40km  of rail trail linking major Yarra Valley townships.

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination

We’re planning a world-class mountain biking destination in Warburton. When complete, the network would feature 44 trails spanning 186km across three zones on Mt Donna Buang, Mt Little Joe and Mt Tugwell.

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Project highlights


An epic wilderness ride starting at Mt. Donna Buang that descends into Warburton.

IMBA gold status

Trails built to the highest IMBA standards for riders of all levels that can be ridden all year!

Economy boost

159 new jobs, $31.2 million in economic spend.

Yarra Valley Trail

The proposed Yarra Valley Trail has been described as a game changer for tourism in the Yarra Valley. The 40+ kilometre long trail would link Lilydale, Yarra Glen, Healesville and join into the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

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Project highlights

Economy boost

120 new jobs, 2.19 benefit cost ratio, $16 million in economic spend.

Connected communities

40+ km of trail linking Lilydale, Yarra Glen Healesville and joining into the Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail.

Community health

The trail network will provide an enjoyable and easy way for residents and visitors to stay healthy and active.


Yarra Ranges Council has applied for the following funding to support the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Project and Yarra Valley Trail Project.

Warburton Mountain Bike Destination

Stage 1 – Total cost $11.3m

Federal Gov Building Better Regions Fund – $3m – Committed
State Gov – Growing Suburbs Fund – $3m – Committed
Yarra Ranges Council – $2.7m – Committed
Federal Gov – Regional Growth Fund – $2.3m – Committed
Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank – $300k – Committed

Yarra Valley Trail

Stage 1 – Total cost $8.5m

Federal Gov – Regional Growth – $2.5m – Committed
State Gov – Growing Suburbs Fund – $2.5m – Committed
Yarra Ranges Council – $2.5m – Committed
State Gov – Eastern Metro Partnership – $1m – Committed

Project updates

Check out the latest updates from the Ride Yarra Ranges project. See how far the project has come along, view all project updates.

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Lilydale, VIC 3140

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