Access the trail via Kilvington Drive in Emerald, McBride Street in Cockatoo or Gembrook station.
This multi purpose trail links Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook.
The Emerald to Cockatoo section of the trail, which is 13 kilometres long and passes through Emerald Lake Park and Wrights State Forest, has existed for some time. This section of the trail was previously called the Emerald to Cockatoo Trail.
Another 6.5 kilometre section from McBride Street, Cockatoo to Gembrook Station has been added to the trail. The new trail section follows Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Fielder Road and the Puffing Billy train line between the towns to create a unique and scenic path suitable for cycling, running and walking.
The entire 13 kilometre trail from Emerald to Gembrook is now called the Eastern Dandenong Ranges trail.
The new section of the trail was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure ($1 million) and the Victorian Government's Growing Suburbs Fund ($545,000). Council is putting more funds towards the project via the capital works program.
Works are mostly complete, with a few finishing touches now happening, such as signs being installed.
Benefits for the community
The trail links the Hill's towns of Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook, and ultimately leads to Belgrave via other path networks.
Many people will enjoy walking, running or cycling along the trail. It will attract many visitors to the shire and be popular with residents. .
Working with the community
Extensive community consultation took place prior to the detailed design stage commencing. The consultation process assisted in settling on the final route alignment of the trail which was adopted by Council at the beginning of 2015. Extensive consultation has taken place with property owners affected by land acquisition, as well as Puffing Billy and the Emerald Tourist Railway Board.