O’Shannassay Aqueduct: Yuonga Road to Dee Road


NB. The following information was current at the time of the event

Distance:  16 Km   |  Duration:  5 Hrs   |  Grade:  Grade 2   |  Rating:    |  Style:  Circuit   |  Map

About the Walk


This walk is very picturesque with elevated views across Warburton Township and the Yarra Valley. Highlights include the historic aqueduct and the trestle bridge situated amongst glorious stands of tree ferns and mountain ash.

The Walk in Detail

From the car park it is a short distance to a track along the southern bank of the Yarra River. Follow this upstream through a stand of stately California redwoods, which were planted in 1922. Upon reaching the Warburton Highway cross the bridge and continue westward briefly before heading up Mt Donna Buang Road. After a few hundred metres enter the grounds of the old hospital and follow the service road through to Yuonga Road. Walk up the hill until a sign referring to the aqueduct is encountered.

Head west along the old aqueduct for about 6.8km until the Dee Road picnic area is reached. This is a good place for lunch. The route continues westward a short distance to Dee Road, which is followed downhill for 1.7km until the Yarra River is crossed at a white wooden bridge (toilets located here). Turn left and continue to follow Dee Road until it joins the Warburton Highway after about 1km.

Cross the highway, pick up the Lilydale – Warburton Rail Trail and head east towards Warburton. After about 2.1km a footbridge over Scotchmans Creek is encountered. Leave the rail trail at this point and use the Mayer Bridge to cross to the Yarra River. Pick up a track along the northern bank and follow it eastward until Bramich Bridge is reached after about 1.7km. Cross the Yarra River yet again and return to the cars located a few hundred metres to the south, past the oval.

Getting There

From the Warburton Visitor Centre drive 700m east along the Warburton Highway (B380). The walk commences at the eastern end of the sports oval (Melway 290 C4). There is ample parking.

Walk Precautions

Additional Information

Gentle grades, except for a moderately steep climb up Yuonga Road.


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