Road through Emerald Lake Park

Emerald Lake Park

Our premier park and tourist attraction Emerald Lake Park, in the heart of Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges, is approximately one hour’s drive east of Melbourne. As one of the destination points for the iconic Puffing Billy, the park offers a range of activities including picnics, walking trails, paddleboats and fishing – something for everyone.

The park is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, CFA declared ‘Code red’ and 'Extreme' fire danger days.

Strategic plan

We adopted the Emerald Lake Park strategic plan (Word doc, 780Kb) in October 2013. It provides strategic direction through the allocation of budget and resources.

Opening hours

From 18 December to 14 March: 8am–8pm
From 15 March to 30 April: 9am–6pm
From 1 May to 30 September: 9am–4.30pm
From 1 October to 17 December: 9am–6pm

Getting there

Take a drive – heading due east of Melbourne to Melway map reference 127 J4. The park is accessed from Emerald township down the Emerald Lake Park Road.

Puffing Billy going through railway crossing


Take a train ride – catch a Metro train to Belgrave station (visit Metro website for timetable details), then walk through to Puffing Billy station and take the tourist train to Lakeside (visit Puffing Billy Railway website for timetables).

Catch the bus – take the Belgrave to Gembrook busline 695. Visit Metro website.

Access for all

Emerald Lake Park is an accessible and enjoyable location for people of varying levels of mobility. The park has numerous wheelchair and pram-friendly paths that provide access to various facilities and activities at the park.

Ramps are provided in most locations to ensure access to all areas within the centre of the park. Some walking paths, including the loop walk to Lake Nobelius, is accessible and suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

If you have any specific questions or suggestions regarding accessibility around the park, please email.

Contact us

Footpath to the lake

Council’s rangers and management welcome your comments and appreciate your suggestions in relation to Emerald Lake Park and these web pages. Please contact us to provide your feedback.

Post your comments to:
Emerald Lake Park
PO Box 370
Emerald VIC 3782

Phone: 1300 131 683 or fax: 5968 6011

Email: elp@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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