Warburton lies in a narrow valley between steep mountains. Mt. Little Joe stands on its western edge blocking it in (Melbourne side). The Warburton Highway becomes very narrow at this point (called ‘the Narrows’ by locals) as it cuts into the mountain, creating a bottle-neck. There is a steep slope up one side and a drop down to the Yarra River on the other. Yet, this highway is both the route in and out of our town and the only decent road for evacuation.
Our streets are narrow and our parking is woefully inadequate to deal with the tourists we already have let alone the 4125 extra visitors per week estimated in the Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Revised Economic Impact Assessment March 2018. Over the last four years more and more locals have chosen to stay away from the town centre on weekends and holidays and have complained about traffic snarls and speeding cars near their homes.
Warburton Mountain Bike Destination Revised Economic Impact Assessment March 2018
Geographically, there is a limit to how much expansion can happen here.
An example is the traffic chaos at the Redwood Forest at Cement Creek, East Warburton:
Attitudes towards tourism are changing, with the term ‘overtourism’ being coined in 2012: