Emerald Lake Park
Family Recreation At Its Best
Part 1

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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

Emerald Lake Park Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dockev/3690553274/

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

Puffing Billy Train Melbourne Australia

The Park offers an amazing array of different recreational activities and things to do, such as...

  • Picnic on the grass or use one of the many picnic tables that are scattered throughout the parkgrounds
  • View Lake Treganowan from different vantage points...a spectacular venue for the avid or budding photographer
  • Splash around in the supervised wading pool. The kids will love this on hot days
  • Tour the lake on the lake. Take a paddle boat out onto the water
  • Enjoy a light snack or deavonshire tea at the Cafe and Tea Rooms
  • Fish for Rainbow Trout at the Lake which is stocked regularly
  • Get fit with the Senior's Gym equipment
  • View and interact with the Model Railway.

The Model Railway Display

Model railway display Emerald lake Park melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaos/318698761/

  • Walk the well laid out trails suitable for all levels of ability
  • Browse the Emerald Lake Park Market and meet some clever local craftspeople
  • Take a ride on the famous Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy Steam Engine

Puffing Billy Steam Train Mugs
Puffing Billy Steam Train Mugs by MelbourneMemories4U

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.

Enjoy An Organized Tour

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.

Where Is Emerald Lake Park?

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.

View Emerald Lake in a larger map

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...


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

Parking At The Lakeside Park

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.

Fees are...

# $2 for 1 hour

# $6 for the day

Emerald Lake Opening Hours

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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