On our recent trip exploring the snow fields of Mount Donna Buang and Lake Mountain we decided to stop overnight in Warburton rather than try and see everything in one big day trip. We chose the Warburton Motel for an overnight stop because it’s the closest accommodation (at least for families) to the top of Mount Donna Buang.
It turned out to be a great choice.
Visiting the snow on Donna Buang is one of the main reasons for visiting Warburton – judging by the up-to-date snow reports found on the motel’s website (linked to below). If you’re staying here then the people who run the place try to keep as up-to- date as possible with conditions on top of the mountain which is handy.
As for the motel itself, it’s hard to find anything bad to say. Outwardly it is like lots of motels that got built everywhere in the middle of last century but unlike some I’ve stayed in, the interiors haven’t been frozen in time and have been done up and well maintained. Sure, the setup is the same but Warburton felt warmer, brighter and friendlier.
There was no room suitable for the five of us so we needed two rooms – even though our 2yo sleeps in a travel cot we brought – but that’s normal for travelling in Australia. Each room had a double and single bed, TV, small but decent sized fridge, table and some chairs.
The beds were really comfortable. The rooms also each came with a good heater and electric blankets for each bed so we didn’t get cold. Importantly, our rooms seemed well insulated as even with the heater off our room didn’t freeze in the middle of the night.
The place was good for the kids. The individual rooms opening onto the car park and the thick brick walls meant that even when the kids got loud and playful they wouldn’t have bothered anyone else. The simple rooms left space to play as well as to hang up wet stuff to dry.
Facilities wise, the place is pretty bare outside of the rooms. There is a common dining/lounge room like area where you can bring back take-away if you didn’t want to eat it in your room.
As well as being the closest place to stay for getting up Mount Donna Buang, the motel is well situated in terms of walking to things in Warburton itself. There are places to get food not too far away.
In the end, I was a bit sad we were staying here just for the night. Motels aren’t really set up for long stays but the Warburton Motel is the type of place that wouldn’t get cramped and uncomfortable for a three or four night stay.
To sum it all up: the Warburton Motel is a great choice of place to stay. It is warm, clean and comfortable, has friendly staff and we’ll definitely be staying here again should we ever be staying in Warburton again.
The Warburton Motel is located at 4 Donna Buang Road, Warburton, on the corners of the Warburton Highway and Donna Buang Road. Visit https://www.warburtonmotel.com.au for more information and rates.
Kid Friendly: Yes – it’s as kid friendly as a small motel can be.
Pram/Stroller access: Fine if you’re on the bottom level as there’s no stairs between you and your car or the main street out the front.
Getting to the Warburton Motel
Warburton and the motel are approximately 80 minutes from central Melbourne by car. From the centre of Melbourne you can take the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink to get to the Maroondah Highway. Just after Lilydale, take the Warburton Highway (route B380) all the way to Warburton.
The motel will be towards the rear of the town as you travel east and will be on your left. I found it easier to drive up Donna Buang Road and then turn right into the back entrance of the motel.