Warburton is encounted when traveling the east from Melbourne to Warburton. Warburton in truth is the end of the line. To continue one will, after an hour or so encounter Marysville. This is a very pretty drive and is recommended.
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”.
East of Warburton is a large water catchment area called Upper Yarra Dam designed to supply Melbourne with the required amount of water sourced from the Thomson catchment area.
Warburton was once the town that housed a Sanitarium Wheet Bix factory. The town is a sort of three part town spread along the highway. The town has ramshackle and old existence, but not much heritage.
The Info centre is the heritage base for Warburton.