Yarra Valley Trail stage 1A open for Valley visitors

Published on 17 February 2020

Cr Fiona McAllister (third from the left) and Cr Jim Child (fourth from the left) with Yarra Valley Trail project team members and community members.

Community members will be able to walk, run and cycle between Lilydale and Yering, with Stage 1A of the Yarra Valley Trail officially opened for the public.

Stage 1A of the trail begins as a fork at the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail on Beresford Road, Lilydale and runs through to Yering Station.

The trail was officially opened by Yarra Ranges Mayor, Richard Higgins, Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith MP, along with representatives from Rail Trails Victoria, Yarra Valley Cycles and community members on Saturday, 15 February.

Watch the opening event on Yarra Ranges Life TV's Facebook page here.

Cr Higgins said the first section of the trail opened on Christmas Eve last year and Council had been working to install fencing and signage since then.

A steamroller flattening sections of the Yarra Valley Trail in December, 2019.

Machinery flattening sections of the Yarra Valley Trail in December, 2019.

“We’ve had incredibly positive feedback from our community and visitors since this first section of the trail opened last year,” he said.

“This seven-and-a-half kilometre section of trail is already a tourist drawcard, and we know that when this project is finished, thousands of people will visit to ride or walk from Lilydale to Yarra Glen and Healesville, then over to the Warburton Trail.

“These are visitors who stop for coffee and food, who stay in the region and who will share their Yarra Valley experience with communities around the world.

“For just about any of our community members, the views you’ll get along the trail will be ones that few people have experienced in the four decades since the railway line closed.

“We’ll start on the next part of the trail this year, working to connect Yering to Yarra Glen, but for now I’m proud of our achievements and this is a great moment to celebrate.

“Thank you to everyone who has made the trail and its opening a success – in particular our Federal and State Government counterparts who have provided generous funding to make the Yarra Valley Trail a reality.”

Cr Fiona McAllister (third from the left) and Cr Jim Child (fourth from the left) with Yarra Valley Trail project team members and community members.

Councillors Fiona McAllister and Cr Jim Child (third and fourth from the left) with Yarra Valley Trail project team members, Rail Trail Australia Vice-President, Steven Kaye (third from right) and Wurundjeri Elder Tony Garvey (second from right) at the opening of Stage 1A. 

Council has prepared maps for visitors, showing the Stage 1A trail alignment, nearby roads and connections, which will be posted on the Ride Yarra Ranges website shortly.

An interactive map has also been created, showing trail alignments with nearby cafes, wineries, public facilities and open spaces.

Planning is currently underway for Stage 1B of the trail, connecting Yering to Yarra Glen. 

Council has been working with the Yarra Valley Railway to ensure the trail complements the proposed opening of the tourist rail line between Healesville and Yarra Glen.

This work has included developing shared visitor facilities at Yarra Glen Station to cater for all visitors.

The second stage of the trail will connect Yarra Glen to Healesville, while the third stage will connect Healesville to the Warburton Trail, creating a loop.

The trail starts and finishes in Billanook Ward and will pass through Council’s Ryrie, O’Shannassy and Chandler Wards (via the Lilydale-to-Warburton Rail Trail) when completed.

The Yarra Valley Trail’s first stage has been funded with $3.5 million from the State Government ($2.5m Growing Suburbs Fund, $1m Eastern Metropolitan Partnership), $2.5m from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund and $2.5m from Yarra Ranges Council. Stages 2 and 3 are unfunded at this stage.

For more information, maps of the trail and to stay up to date on the projects, visit rideyarraranges.com.au

Section 1A of the Yarra Valley Trail between Lilydale-Yering.

Section 1A of the Yarra Valley Trail between Lilydale-Yering.

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