A brand new 40-kilometre biking and walking route suggested for the Yarra Valley will set a constant off-road loop among the nation’s hottest tourist playgrounds.

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail at Seville.

The new route would operate from Lilydale to Yarra Glen, Yarra Glen to Healesville, also out of Healesville around to a present railroad station near Woori Yallock.

It would run near tourist and restaurant Yarra Valley drawcards like the Healesville Sanctuary, Yering Station winery along with other popular wineries, Yarra Glen Railway Station and also TarraWarra Museum of Art. A feasibility study on the road has estimated that it would create 210,000 visitors each year, greater than $30 million of annual financial benefit and over 220 jobs. A report recently prepared for Yarra Ranges councillors stated the project cost was $10.6 million.

The road would create a constant off-road circuit throughout the Yarra Valley of at least 60 kilometres, starting and ending at Lilydale, by linking up with all the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trails. Cyclists can extend their travel by about 17 kilometres farther east, to Warburton, along the present trail, prior to returning to Lilydale. Yarra Ranges councillors have endorsed the job, and council believe it a “priority”.

There isn’t any demand for an automobile and the road will offer a convenient day trip to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges and its own well-established wineries and meals destinations, important National and State Parks and the Healesville Sanctuary Zoo, the report indicate. The road will encircle breathtaking vistas of both Christmas Hills and the Dandenong Ranges supplying a special recreation and cultural experience for your local community and people.

Robyn Mansfield in the Yarra Ranges Council stated the road would be a significant drawcard.

He perceives it as another chance for them to innovate the Yarra Valley as a premier tourist destination and also something that’s also likely to encourage their regional inhabitants they believe.

Significantly, the road would provide anglers a different means to manoeuvre around the district according to Robyn who views it as a really car-dependent place on the market. So, it could also supply far more chances for the regional inhabitants to become more-busy and be more connected with their neighborhood place.

Simon O’Callaghan out of Yarra Ranges Tourism explained that the project could build on additional nature-based Yarra Valley experiences. He is very excited about this track that produces a loop which can encourage overnight stays and additional tours of each yarra valley vineyard near the trails. He also believes a great deal of travellers on global bike trails are searching for mid-week traveling too.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards strongly endorsed the suggested route. “This is a great project that would not only let locals explore their own backyard by bike, but also further open the area up to tourism,” he explained.