Warburton, Donna Buang, Upper Yarra

Warburton, Donna Buang, Upper Yarra

Warburton, Donna Buang, Upper Yarra


Warburton Donna Buang and the Upper Yarra

Yarra Ranges National Park

The Yarra Ranges National Park is a place of epic views, rainforest scenery and fun-packed snowplay - and the area around Warburton delivers all three. Mount Donna Buang offers panoramas towards Westernport and Port Phillip Bays and tobogganing in the winter, while the Rainforest Gallery will give you a new perspective on the Mountain Ash forests of the region.
Warburton, Donna Buang and the Upper Yarra spans much of the southern part of the Yarra Ranges National Park. The stunning natural beauty, wildlife and plantlife of this region can be enjoyed by all. There are accessible and family friendly walks and picnic areas as well as more challenging summit climbs that will appeal to the more experienced hiker.

Mount Donna Buang is a fantastic all-seasons playground. In spring, summer and autumn, the picnic area is a great base for walks up the mountain and views across to Melbourne and beyond. The Rainforest Gallery has a spectacular observation platform and walkway allowing you to stroll among the treetops.

Rising to 1245m, Mount Donna Buang often receives frequent snowfalls in the winter. Many Melburnians have enjoyed their first taste of snow play and tobogganing here over the years.

On the way up to Donna Buang from Healesville, Ben Cairn is a popular spot for rock climbing and there is also a take-off site for hang gliders.

One of the most popular walks in the Yarra Ranges is the Redwoods. In contrast to the Mountain Ash that are such a feature of the Yarra Ranges, the trees here are introduced from California. Californian Redwoods are a type of conifer and are the tallest of all plant species in the world, while Mountain Ash are the tallest flowering plant in the world.

Warburton is a popular centre for cycling, with the iconic 40km Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail ending here. The 30km O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail is suitable for cyclists of all ages and can be tackled in shorter sections. More energetic road cyclists like to climb to the summit of Mount Donna Buang.

Things to do in the area

The park provides habitat for 120 species of native birds. Hollow-using species found here are the Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl and Barking Owl. Other important species include the Pink Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian King-Parrot and Grey Goshawk. Crimson Rosellas are common.

The park features tall Mountain Ash forests, with an understorey of tree ferns, and gullies of cool temperate rainforest. Large pristine areas of these and other vegetation types are of national and state botanical significance. Damp river valleys are home to stands of Myrtle Beech festooned with mosses, ferns and lichens.

The highest elevations, such as Lake Mountain and Mount Donna Buang, are characterised by sub-alpine vegetation, and receive regular snowfalls over the winter months.

Fourteen plant species occurring in the park have been identified as being rare or threatened, including the Slender Tree-fern and Tree Geebung.

How to get there

Warburton Donna Buang and the Upper Yarra

Yarra Ranges National Park is approximately 65km east of Melbourne. Visitor sites in the Warburton area can be accessed via the Warburton Highway.

When to go

Coolness of the shaded forests, particularly the Redwoods and the Rainforest Gallery. Mt Donna Buang can be up to 10 degrees cooler than in Melbourne. Refreshing mountain streams.

Need to know

Warburton Donna Buang and the Upper Yarra

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • Rainforest Gallery (Donna Buang) (Yarra Ranges National Park)

    Rainforest Gallery (Mt Donna Buang) Loop Track closure

    Rainforest Gallery Loop Track temporarily closed due to storm damage. 

    Rainforest Gallery Canopy Walk remains open.

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