“Vespa_Club_of_Melbourne-Warburton” is a twisty, safe motorcycle ride in Victoria, Australia.
VBC67
VBC67
August 16, 2011
This
209km
ride visits Melbourne, Balwyn North, Lower Plenty, Burwood, Glen Iris, Caulfield.
Twisty
Rural
Safe
Good surface
  • Abbotsford Convent

  • Coffee and breakfast at the Convent Bakery, St Helliers, Abbotsford from 8am. We head off at 9.30am.

  • Melbourne

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  • Turn right into Johnston Street

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  • 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 North

    at 9km
  • Lower Plenty

    at 11km
  • Doncaster

    at 12km
  • 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 East

    at 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.

  • Donvale

    at 16km
  • 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 Orchards

    at 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.

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  • 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 Park

    at 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.

  • Vineyards

    at 42km
  • 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.

  • Coldstream

    at 46km
  • 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 Airfield

    at 48km
  • Gruyere

    at 52km
  • Our road skirts around the base of the Warramate Hills

    at 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 Yallock

    at 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 Ave

    at 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 Warburton

    at 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.

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  • 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
  • Westburn

    at 78km
  • Slow down, stop and take car as we rejoin the busy Warburton Highway. Turn left.

  • Millgrove

    at 80km
  • 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
  • Warburton

    at 83km
  • 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 Gallery

    at 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 Buang

    at 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.

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  • Warburton

    at 127km
  • 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.

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  • A fascinating hippy home

    at 127km
  • Great view of the cricket ground on the river flats below.

    at 127km
  • Turn left into Park Rd.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 Junction

    at 139km
  • Launching Place

    at 144km
  • Woori Yallock

    at 147km
  • Turn left into Healesville - KooWeeRup Rd.

  • Yellingbo

    at 153km
  • Turn right into Parslows Rd.

  • Parslows Rd becomes Beenak Rd.

    at 153km
  • We are now entering Melbourne's fruit and berry orchard area

    at 155km
  • At the roundabout, turn left into Monbulk-Seville Rd.

    at 157km
  • Orchards and fruit trees

    at 158km
  • Wandin East

    at 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 Evelyn

    at 171km
  • At the roundabout, turn left into Swansea Rd.

    at 173km
  • Montrose

    at 176km
  • We cross Dorset Road

    at 181km
  • Heathmont

    at 185km
  • 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.

  • Vermont

    at 190km
  • We cross Springvale Road.

    at 192km
  • Burwood

    at 196km
  • Box Hill South

    at 196km
  • Surrey Hills

    at 198km
  • Canterbury

    at 200km
  • A coffee at Mailing Road before riders make their own way home.

  • Glen Iris

    at 201km
  • Caulfield

    at 202km
  • End of trip

    at 209km
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