The riverside town of Warburton has a very different feel from its Lower Valley neighbours – most visitors here are more interested in communing with nature than sipping chardonnay. The youthful Yarra River flows right through town and a lovely 6km walking and cycling trail follows both sides of the river.
The town of Warburton has an interesting history, first in gold-mining, then as a timber town. From the early 20th century, much of the industry here was established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which operated the Sanitarium Health Food factory (makers of Weet-Bix) here for many years. The architectural award-winning, now derelict, deco building still stands – apparently to soon be developed into apartments.