Lakeside bench

Park facilities

Emerald Lake Park has a number of facilities, offering entertainment, fun and fitness, and history and information about the park.

Environment centre

The Emerald Lake Park Environment Centre offers detailed information about the park, including its history, features of the park, native flora and fauna, and a live aquatic animal display. The environment centre is open to all during regular park hours.

Cafe and tea rooms

Interior of cafe

Enjoy a wide selection of hot and cold food at the cafe; sit in or takeaway, the cafe offers everything from icecreams and cold drinks to warming soups and tea and coffee, from snacks and light treats to hearty lunchtime meals.

The tearoom has seating for more than 100 people (indoor and outdoor options) and can be booked for groups and functions

Cafe opening hours
The cafe is open every day of the year, except Christmas day, from 9am to 4.30pm. Hours are extended by request and during the warmer months.

For further information or bookings, contact cafe management on 5968 5113 or email.

You can also contact the cafe by correspondence to:

Emerald Lake Cafe
PO Box 370
Emerald 3782

Model railway

The hills, model railway

Whether you’re a train enthusiast or just inquisitive, Emerald Lake Park Model Railway is a definite must-see, being the largest working HO scale model (1:87) in the Southern Hemisphere and having a viewing area larger than the average house.

The model railway is also an interactive display; it has buttons to press, trains to watch and fascinating miniatures living in towns, city and country. This little world consists of more than 2,000 metres of track and includes 250 houses and buildings, 450 cars and trucks, 1,100 trees and 1,500 miniature people.

Children (3–15 years): $4 (Children under 3 are free)
Adults: $7
Concession: $5
Group tours are also available. Special rates for large group bookings.

Opening hours
Open 7 days a week 11am–4pm
Weekends and school holidays only during the winter months
Closed Christmas Day

For more information or group bookings, contact Rob and Janet Holtkamp on (phone and fax) 5968 3455 or email.

You can also contact the model railway by correspondence to:
Emerald Lake Model Railway
PO Box 370
Emerald VIC 3782

Puffing Billy railway

Puffing Billy

Travel 24 kilometres through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave to Emerald Lake Park and on to Gembrook, in a traditional steam train with open or closed carriages.

You can also enjoy a unique ‘first class’ experience in luxury heritage dining carriages on this iconic tourist train. Book for lunch (seven days per week) or dinner (most Friday and Saturday evenings) or charter a group of 60 to 90 passengers.

Group bookings can be made on all scheduled trains and special charter trains for groups of up to 250 are also available.

Puffing Billy runs every day except Christmas Day. Steam trains are not used on CFA declared days of total fire ban.

For more information visit the Puffing Billy website or phone 9757 0700, fax 9757 0705, or email.

You can also contact Puffing Billy by correspondence to:
Puffing Billy
PO Box 451
Belgrave, Victoria 3160

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