Road through Emerald Lake Park

Activities in and around the park

Whether you are looking for fun, relaxation or to increase your fitness, Emerald Lake Park offers a wide range of activities for all ages and all levels of mobility.

Walking tracks and trails

Walking trail

Emerald Lake Park has a number tracks and trails offering a range of walking experiences, from an easy stroll to more challenging hikes. Take a short, easy walk after your picnic or combine a few trails to extend your walk into an all-day trek.

Enjoy the scenery of the park – exotic trees in arboretums, native plants in remnant bushland, and reeds, rushes and lilies around the lake.

Download a copy of the Walking tracks and trails brochure and map (PDF, 1.3MB) with information about all of Emerald Lake Park’s trails.



Emerald Lake Park has two playgrounds, both located near the poolside shelter.

The newest playground consists of a wide range of play activities suitable for teenage users as well as offering outdoor gym equipment to encourage teenagers and adults of all ages to be active while enjoying the outdoors. The play items include activities designed to provide climbing, active play and social opportunities, and includes climbing structures, double ‘hang n glide’, orbital spinna and pyramid net.

The outdoor gym comprises eight different workstations to provide a complete exercise experience, developing and strengthening major muscle groups.



The park has five amphitheatres, all available for hire and each offering a different atmosphere, in various locations within the park. These can be used for a range of activities by performing and creative arts groups, education and community organisations, as well as private functions.

To book an amphitheatre for use, phone 1300 131 683.

Gus Ryberg
The largest and main amphitheatre, the Gus Ryberg, located north of Lake Treganowan, is named after one of the original park rangers. It provides an acoustic relationship with the lake as well as providing audiences with a view of the lake during performances.

The Gus Ryberg Amphitheatre consists of seven grassed tiers with a paved arena which is easily accessible. It has a seating capacity of 500 and has power, water, barbecue facilities and easy access to toilets. The amphitheatre is perfect for musical and drama performances, marriage ceremonies and cultural activities.

Hire cost: $293 per day

The Pines
The smallest of the amphitheatres, The Pines is named for its location near a stand of pine trees located in a delightful setting at the south-west end of the park. It is suitable for intimate performances, poetry readings and small marriage ceremonies, having four grassed tiers and a seating capacity of 60.

Hire cost: $87 per day

Situated near Lake Nobelius, Bunerong is named after the Aboriginal people who used the Dandenong Ranges for hunting. A five-tiered grassed amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 200, it provides the possibility of ‘theatre in the round’ due to its proximity to The Gums and Carl Stemp amphitheatres. It is ideal for private parties because of its secluded yet convenient location.

Hire cost: $219 per day

The Gums
Located in a stunningly beautiful area of the park, The Gums overlooks a superb stand of manna gums and provides an intimate atmosphere for performances and weddings. As one of the three amphitheatres located at Lake Nobelius, it lends itself to ‘theatre in the round’. This six-tiered amphitheatre has a seating capacity of 120 and is also suitable for more intimate occasions.

Hire cost: $219 per day.

Carl Stemp
Also named for one of the first park rangers, Carl Stemp amphitheatre offers a delightful location for just sitting and admiring the view and the bird calls while lunching, or enjoying a performance. This open four-tiered amphitheatre has a seating capacity of 120 and is located near ‘The Gums’ and ‘Bunerong’.

Hire cost: $219 per day.

Picnic shelters

Covered area, shelter

Emerald Lake Park has five picnic shelters, all of which are available for hire and offer a space to enjoy an outing with friends or family or a larger function.

For all picnic shelter bookings, please phone Puffing Billy Railway on
9757 0700.

Lions Den
The largest of the shelters, Lions Den provides for up to 100 people and is located above the model railway. The shelter has access to toilets and a free barbecue. Numerous parking spaces are available directly beside the shelter.

Hire cost: $145 per day.

As the second largest of the shelters available for hire at Emerald Lake Park, Messmate shelter provides space for 60 people and has two barbecues for free use. Located beside the Puffing Billy Railway line, Messmate offers a prime position to see Puffing Billy. Parking is available close by.

Hire cost: $91 per day.

Located centrally in the park, the Boatshed offers easy access to all facilities and activities. Enjoy the view over the lake and take advantage of the location to watch Puffing Billy arrive. The shelter would suit a group of up to 40 people.

Hire cost: $63 per day.

Located above the wading pool near the playground, Poolside is also centrally located and will accommodate up to 40 people. Poolside is a great place for the family gathering.

Hire cost: $63 per day.

The fifth of the shelters available for hire at Emerald Lake Park, Lakeside is nestled among the trees and offers views across the lake. Suitable for groups up to 40 people, it is located close to the wading pool and children’s playground.

Hire cost: $63 per day.


Gold Rush mural

Between 1984 and 1986, the then Shire of Sherbrooke Council and Emerald Lake Park committee of management worked with a local artist and the community on the innovative Community Use Sculpture Project. Many of the Shire’s residents and councillors were involved in the project which included developing five amphitheatres and six concrete murals. The murals can be seen flanking the entrance to the main Gus Ryberg Amphitheatre, directly across the lake from the Environment Centre.

Right: Gold rush mural

Before settlement – depicts the typical Emerald landscape before white settlement, including flora and fauna.
Gold rush – depicts the Emerald Gold Rush in the late 1850s.
Logging and droving – the Dandenong Ranges were extensively logged from the start of white settlement until the late 1950s; this mural shows a typical scene, with a splitters hut in the left background.
Nobelius – designed as an Edwardian postcard depicting Carl Axel Nobelius.
Puffing Billy – the train is an integral part of the history of the Dandenong Ranges.
Portraits – designed as an art deco–style postcard to symbolise the era, this mural portrays four writers associated with ‘the hills’: Katherine Susannah Prichard, Vance and Nettie Palmer, and CJ Dennis.

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