These picnic grounds are a magic visual experience to enjoy throughout all the four seasons.
Peace and harmony with nature showing her best face. A place full of history and enchantment around each bend.
The parklands are a great place to take the family on a picnic, play some friendly competitive family games or just walk through enjoying the ambiance and serenity of this magic area.
The Park is a legacy left by one of the world's greatest nurserymen of the past, Carl Axel Nobelius.
Emerald Lake Park Paddle Boats
He was also a leading figure in the establishment of the narrow gauge railway now known as Puffing Billy, a major tourist attraction in the Dandenongs.
The Puffing Billy Steam Train
The Park offers an amazing array of different recreational activities and things to do, such as...
The Model Railway Display
Puffing Billy Steam Engine
Puffing Billy Steam Train
This little heritage steam train is one of Melbourne's most iconic tourist atractions. The train trip will take you through the most beautifu parts of the Dandenong Ranges, through rainforests and quaint little mountian townships as it winds its way up the mountainside.
Perfect outing to take the kids on and an amazing day out discovering the different fauna and flora of Australia...out amongst the gum trees.
Start your tour chugging along on the Puffing Billy Steam Train through the cool fern gullies and rolling countryside of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.
Then experience the beautiful verdant hills and prosperous vineyards of the Yarra Valley and visit Healesville Sanctuary and its 200 species of native Australian wildlife.
You will find this beautiful park in the pretty hamlet of Emerald.
One of the Dandenong Ranges quaint little townships.
Approximately 1 hrs drive from the Melbourne CBD, just check out the Melways map 127 reference T4.
You can also reach the lake by public transport.
Catch the MET train to the Belgrave Station, for the Met timetable and connecting service to the Puffing Billy, just click here...Metlink
Once at the station just stroll over to the Puffing Billy Railway Station, just follow the signs.
Ride this historic little train all the way to the lakeside.
For details of timetables and prices you can check out the Puffing Billy Time Table
In the park grounds there are lots of car parking areas.
Please note that there is a nominal fee to use these parking areas.
You may purchase a ticket from the ticket machines located in each parking area.
Keep this displayed on your car dashboard.
The ticket machines accept 10c,20c,50c,$1,$2 coins, no change is given.
# $2 for 1 hour
# $6 for the day
Open every day of the year except Christmas Day
The Time Table
18th December---14th March
8:00am > 8:00pm
15th March---30th April
9:00am > 6:00pm
1st May---30th September
9:00am > 4:30pm
1st October---17th December
9:00am > 6:00pm
The Park provides many unique recreation and picnic facilities for visitors of all ages.
Family picnics, that special occasion or for that something different day trip idea, everything that you need you can find here at The Lake Park.
The Park Facilities are described in more detail in the next section. Part 2.
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