Coffee and breakfast at the Convent Bakery, St Helliers, Abbotsford from 8am. We head off at 9.30am.
Turn right into Johnston Streetat 0km
Continue through intersection with Princess St and proceed a...at 3km
Continue through intersection with Princess St and proceed along High St, Kew
Turn right into Doncaster Rd.at 6km
Balwyn Northat 9km
Lower Plentyat 11km
Glance in your rear vision mirror as you approach the crest of Doncaster Hill for great views of the city skyline. At 120 metres, it is one of the highest points in Melbourne. A 285 foot high wooden tower was built by Alfred Hummel on the site now occupied by Shoppingtown. It stood from 1879 to 1914. Australia's first electric tram carried visitors from Box Hill station to see the magnificent views from the top. The tram ran from 1889 to 1896 along Tram Road.
Doncaster Eastat 13km
On the right is the first KFC outlet to open in Victoria. Built in the middle 1960s and surrounded by nothing but open paddocks, it is sited directly under a high voltage power pylon. The electromagnetic radiation no doubt helps the frying process.
Doncaster Rd becomes Mitcham Rd.
Turn left into Park Rd.at 18km
Look to your right as we cross over the Eastlink Toll Road t...at 19km
Look to your right as we cross over the Eastlink Toll Road to see the entrance to the 2km 'Mullum Mullum' and 'Melba' tunnels and their large decorated air vent. Originally planned to go through the Mullum Mullum Creek valley, local residents fought hard for a tunnel to preserve the creek and its wildlife.
Park Orchardsat 22km
On the left, local residents are trying to save the now vacant 83 year old Park Orchards Chalet.
It's a surprising fact that as late as the 1960s, the last b...at 23km
It's a surprising fact that as late as the 1960s, the last bullock team to haul timber out of a forest in Victoria operated here to clear the bush of Park Orchards for development.
Turn left into Milne Rd.at 24km
Turn left into Warrandyte-Ringwood Rd.at 24km
On the right, Potters Cottage is an artist's co-operative fo...at 28km
On the right, Potters Cottage is an artist's co-operative founded in Warrandyte in 1958 to make and sell handmade Australian pottery.
At the round-about, turn right into Jumping Creek Rd.at 29km
Wonga Parkat 33km
As we descend the hill to the 'T' intersection with Homestea...at 34km
As we descend the hill to the 'T' intersection with Homestead Road, we get our first clear view of Mt Donna Buang, our destination rising behind a hill in the foreground. Turn left into Homestead Rd.
Veer right into Lower Homestead Rd.at 34km
Turn right into Paynes Rd.at 35km
Turn left into Edward Rd.at 38km
Slow down for 'T' intersection. Turn right into Coldstream W...at 40km
Slow down for 'T' intersection. Turn right into Coldstream West Rd.
Slow down, stop and take care at this potentially dangerous ...at 42km
Slow down, stop and take care at this potentially dangerous intersection with Victoria Road as there is a blind hill and cars travel fast along this stretch.
Cross Victoria Rd via a dog-leg intersection.
There are still some steel railway lines embedded in the bit...at 45km
There are still some steel railway lines embedded in the bitchumen which were part of the old Lilydale-Healesville railway closed in 1972. Volunteers of the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway are trying to reopen this line.
Slow down, stop and take care in crossing the busy Maroondah Highway. Once completing your left turn, move over into the right lane to complete a right turn into Killara Road
Coldstream Airfieldat 48km
Our road skirts around the base of the Warramate Hillsat 56km
Great views of the Yarra Valley and Worri Yallock township.at 57km
We cross a narrow wooden plank bridge. These kinds of old br...at 58km
We cross a narrow wooden plank bridge. These kinds of old bridges are becoming increasingly rare. The gaps in the planks can push your tyres around a bit.
Slow down, stop and take care as we approach the busy Warbur...at 60km
Slow down, stop and take care as we approach the busy Warburton Highway. Turn left and prepare to turn left again in 400 metres as we approach Old Warburton Hwy.
Turn left into Old Warburton Hwy.at 61km
Its hard to believe that this narrow road was once the main ...at 61km
Its hard to believe that this narrow road was once the main highway to Warburton. Can be wet and slippery under the shade.
The Worri Yallock Hotel with possibly one of the best views ...at 64km
The Worri Yallock Hotel with possibly one of the best views in Victoria.
Slow down, stop and take care as we approach the busy Warbur...at 64km
Slow down, stop and take care as we approach the busy Warburton Highway. Turn left.
Woori Yallockat 65km
Turn left at the shopping centre into Woori Yallock Rd.
Turn left into Allsops Rd.at 66km
Prior to the intersection with the Warburton Hwy, turn sharp...at 69km
Prior to the intersection with the Warburton Hwy, turn sharp left into Braeside Drive.
Turn left into Cairncroft Aveat 70km
Turn right into Alpine Blvd.at 70km
Slow down, stop and take care as we turn left into busy Warb...at 71km
Slow down, stop and take care as we turn left into busy Warburton Hwy.
We cross the bike path to Warburtonat 72km
Just after Barak Drive on the right, we take a small dirt tr...at 73km
Just after Barak Drive on the right, we take a small dirt track on the left and cross Little Yarra River via a pedestrian bridge. Take it slow as the track is a bit muddy but its only about 15 metres long and we find a pretty rural road on the other side (Doon Road). Some may prefer to continue on the highway and then turn left on Corduroy Road to rejoin the group at the Settlement Road intersection.
Turn right into Corduroy Rd.at 74km
Turn left into Settlement Rd.at 74km
Turn left into Railway Rd.at 76km
As you would expect, Railway Road parallels the old Warburto...at 76km
As you would expect, Railway Road parallels the old Warburton railway line, now a bike trail.
Turn right into Station Rd.at 78km
Slow down, stop and take car as we rejoin the busy Warburton Highway. Turn left.
If you are looking for a huge slab of recycled timber for a kitchen bench top or dining table, then Bowerbird Timber could be the place. Their timber is ethically collected from dead rather than living trees.
Look to the left to see the Yarra River dancing over rocks.at 82km
Park our scooters in the main road outside the Wild Thyme Cafe. Coffee break and stretch (public toilets nearby).
The former Sanitarium Health Food Factory constructed in 192...at 84km
The former Sanitarium Health Food Factory constructed in 1925 to produce Granose biscuits used its own hydro-electric generators. The original building was destroyed by a flood in 1934. The present modernist building was completed in 1937 and is listed by the National Trust. The factory closed in 1997.
Veer left and follow Donna Buang Rd.at 85km
Take care on the bends on the way up and down as in places, ...at 90km
Take care on the bends on the way up and down as in places, the sun never gets to dry out the road. Damp bark and fallen leaves can be very slippery.
Rainforest Skywalk and Galleryat 92km
We take a break here to visit the Rainforest Skywalk and Gallery while our hot engines cool down
To the left, scenic views of Warburton below.at 96km
Mt Donna Buangat 101km
The summit of Mt Donna Buang is 1245 metres high. Park our scooters in a line just below the tower for picture taking. Climb the 21 metre tall tower for some great 360 degree views over the Victoria Alps to the North East, and Yarra Valley to the West.
Turn left into Woods Point Rd.at 118km
Warburton Caravan Park.at 118km
The Upper Yarra Dam is another 23kms further up the Woods Po...at 121km
The Upper Yarra Dam is another 23kms further up the Woods Point Road, but we turn right into Riverside Drive.
Scenic drive along the banks of the upper Yarra River.at 122km
To the right across the river is the back of the Warburton C...at 124km
To the right across the river is the back of the Warburton Camping ground and Caravan Park.
Turn left into Warburton Hwy and back to the township.at 125km
Fill up with petrol here for the return trip.at 126km
Turn right into Thomas Ave and the riverbank picnic area.at 126km
This is our picnic spot on the banks of the Yarra River. Walk back up the laneway to the shops for provisions.
Cross Warburton Hwy.at 127km
This flat piece of land above the town was the site of Warbu...at 127km
This flat piece of land above the town was the site of Warburton's railway station. To the left you can see the bike path which ends here.
At the end of the road, turn left into Station Rd.at 127km
Station Rd becomes Highfield Rd.at 127km
A fascinating hippy homeat 127km
Great view of the cricket ground on the river flats below.at 127km
Turn left into Park Rd.at 128km
Turn right into Lala Ave.at 128km
Lala Ave becomes Old Warburton Rd.at 128km
The site of the original gold mining town of Old Warburton.at 133km
Slow down, stop and take care when turning left into Warburt...at 135km
Slow down, stop and take care when turning left into Warburton Hwy.
Turn right into Settlement Rd.at 136km
Turn left into Lowes Rd.at 138km
Yarra Junctionat 139km
Launching Placeat 144km
Woori Yallockat 147km
Turn left into Healesville - KooWeeRup Rd.
Turn right into Parslows Rd.
Parslows Rd becomes Beenak Rd.at 153km
We are now entering Melbourne's fruit and berry orchard areaat 155km
At the roundabout, turn left into Monbulk-Seville Rd.at 157km
Orchards and fruit treesat 158km
Wandin Eastat 159km
At the 'T' intersection, turn right into Old Baker Rd.
Veer left into Wandin East Rd.at 159km
This is where they grow long tubes of polyurethane for the M...at 161km
This is where they grow long tubes of polyurethane for the Melbourne market. Oh, perhaps there are strawberry plants underneath.
Wandin East Rd becomes Beenak Rd.at 163km
David used to pick cherries here during summer, riding up on...at 163km
David used to pick cherries here during summer, riding up on his old VB1.
Turn left into Hunter Rd.at 164km
Turn right into McKillop Rd.at 165km
Slow down, stop and take care as we turn right into busy Sil...at 169km
Slow down, stop and take care as we turn right into busy Silvan Road.
At the roundabout, turn left into York Rd.at 170km
Turn right into Mount Evelyn shopping centre if we are ready...at 171km
Turn right into Mount Evelyn shopping centre if we are ready for a coffee. Otherwise, continue on.
Mount Evelynat 171km
At the roundabout, turn left into Swansea Rd.at 173km
We cross Dorset Roadat 181km
We ride under the Easter Tollway with its funky orange acryl...at 188km
We ride under the Easter Tollway with its funky orange acrylic panels.
We cross Springvale Road.at 192km
Box Hill Southat 196km
Surrey Hillsat 198km
A coffee at Mailing Road before riders make their own way home.
Glen Irisat 201km
End of tripat 209km