The Donna Buang Range overlooks the town of Warburton, 72 km east from
Melbourne's CBD. Its Local Governmwent Area is the Shire of Yarra
Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Warburton had a population of 2288.
The name “Warburton” has been shared between two townships over the years. The mining town of “Yankee
Jims Creek” was located on the gold-bearing slopes of Mount Little Joe, and was renamed “Warburton” after
the mining warden of the district, Charles Warburton Carr. Gold depletion caused a declining population in the 1880s, so the
town was renamed “Old Warburton” and the town of “Upper Warburton” on the banks on the Yarra River
was renamed “Warburton”.
The Post Office opened around 1884 though two earlier offices named Warburton were renamed as Warburton area is a tourist
destination, with picturesque mountain views of the surrounding hills. The Yarra river meanders through the township and is
lined with walking tracks and beautiful picnic spots. The township is 20 minutes drive from Mt Donna Buang, which is snow
covered in the winter. Restaurants and cafés, river walks, snow-play, and wineries make up the local attractions.
Warburton was connected to Lilydale by a Victorian Railways branch line which opened oin 1901 - it closed in 1965.
The railway path is now used for the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, used by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders