It's been 4 years since the club has done this popular ride. An ideal ride for new members who are curious about what it feels like to take a Vespa out of the city. The answer is… GREAT!
Warburton is an attractive town nestled between mountains in the Upper Yarra Valley 75 kms east of Melbourne. In days gone by grand guest houses provided a retreat in fresh mountain air as an escape from the grimy city. The town still retains its health resort reputation. Pretty houses with wood smoke drifting from their chimneys set in lovely English gardens make Warby a very picturesque town.
The route avoids highways making it perfect for beginners or slower scooters. It will be a lazy meandering ride on some delightful little-used back roads that wind through picturesque rural scenery. Mountains form a constant backdrop to rolling pastoral landscapes, farmhouses, vineyards, orchards, berry farms, creeks and rivers. At times our road provides an intimate experience where the forest canopy cocoons us, at others it presents an open vista as grand as a Wagner Opera. These are great roads for two wheels and for those who enjoy curves and the unfolding narrative of a winding road. The route to Warburton is via Park Orchards, Wonga Park, Coldstream and Woori Yallock. We'll return via Yellingbo, Wandin East and Mount Evelyn. The round trip totals about 209 kms.
Coffee Break and Sightseeing
We'll have a 30 minute mid-morning bottom rub and coffee break in Warburton before heading up to the summit of Mt Donna Buang (1,250 metres) which looms behind the township - the closest snowfield to Melbourne. On the way up we'll stop by the Rainforest Gallery and Skywalk Gallery which juts out amongst the tree tops 17 metres above the lush forest floor. There is a beautiful 15-20 minute walk among the fern trees. On the summit of Donna Buang a spectacular view can be had from a very tall vertigo-inducing observation tower. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Melbourne to the West across the Yarra Valley. Or in lieu of the above, the whim of the ride leader may take us to a Redwood Forest instead.
Either pack a picnic lunch or buy take-away from the row of old timber shops in Warburton’s main street. There is a delightful picnic spot along the banks of the Yarra behind the town where we'll find rocks, ducks, dogs, kids and sometimes the tail of an elusive platypus splashing in the bubbling waters. There's a wooden suspension bridge close by and paths for a river walk.
Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham (about 24 kms east of Melbourne).
Pull into the left (north side) service road at the start of the Mitcham shopping strip before Mitcham Road.
The ride departs at 9.15 am sharp so if you need breakfast and coffee beforehand, please arrive at 8.15 am.
Important: Please arrive with a full tank of petrol as there will be no fuel stops.
There is a BP service station in Blackburn just past Surrey Road.
Covid: Please bring a mask and take all the steps you need to stay safe. If you are feeling symptomatic, please do not attend.