The mouth of the Yarra River at Pt Gellibrand is the start of this scenic drive that traces the winding Yarra River from its Port Philip outlet up into the mountains to Warrandyte, a journey of about 60 kilometres.
The road will take you through the city of Melbourne, through urban and residential areas and into the softly elevating hillsides that make their way to the Great Dividing Range via the outer fringes of Melbourne’s north east.
This drive is an interesting way to leave the city behind and head for the green spaces of the Manningham corridor, which provides easy thoroughfare through to the Yarra Valley via Nillumbik.
Often the roads are winding but here are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a riverside park for a walk or picnic, and to explore the townships along the route.
This drive is marked by a series of brown markers that show “Tourist Drive 2”. The route can also be followed on your personal GPS.
At Warrandyte there is plenty to see and do with river play popular during the warmer months and plenty of shops and cafes to explore. The township and approach features natural landscape and bushland and there are many walking tracks to explore on foot or by bike. Note also the Heidleberg Artists Walk.
This scenic drive also takes you in close proximity to popular destinations such as the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen and Westerfold Park in Templestowe. Nature lovers may even spot some wildlife!
The drive is also popular with motorcyclists, with the Kew section feeling like ‘being in the country’.
Towns along the way: From Williamstown, Newport, City, Hawthorn, Kew, Heidelberg, Templestowe to Warrandyte (see link for a full list)
Distance: approx. Approx. 60 km one way from Williams town to Warrandyte
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours one way
Terrain: Sealed road, some bends and elevation
Note: Many of the urban streets deal with potentially large volumes of traffic at peak times of the day so plan your route and timing accordingly.
The Yarra Boulevard is also a highlight as it is positioned on the edge of a hill which provides a marvellous view of both the Yarra and the inner suburbs and runs alongside several golf courses. Waterfall lovers may also enjoy a stop at Dights Falls.