Plan your visit
About the park
Please note that due to current maintenance works on Lake Treganowan, parking and road access to Emerald Lake Park is limited. For this reason, we encourage you to avoid driving to the park if possible. Getting to us by train or via a walking track from Emerald township are 2 great travel alternatives.
Emerald Lake Park covers an area of about 52 hectares and features the beautiful Lake Treganowan and Lake Nobelius as well as gardens and natural bushland.
The park has 10 kilometres of walking trails, paddleboats, fishing, picnic tables and shelters, a wading pool open during summer, 2 playgrounds, a model railway and amphitheatres which you can book to use.
The park is home to both native and exotic plants, with many fern gullies and open eucalypt forests. Many animals which live in the park are nocturnal and can be harder to spot during the day, however you might see purple swamp hens, eurasian cootes, ducks, dusky moorhens, kookaburras, rosellas, echidnas, and black wallabies.
Right next door to the park you will also find Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park.
The park is owned and managed by Council with the help of the Friends of Emerald Lake Park. Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park are managed by a volunteer committee under the authority of Council.
The park is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, CFA declared ‘Code red’ and 'Extreme' fire danger days.
|18 December to 14 March||8am to 8pm|
|15 March to 30 April||9am to 6pm|
|1 May to 30 September||9am to 4.30pm|
|1 October to 17 December||9am to 6pm|
Entry to the park and its pool (when it is open) is free.
There is a small cost for car parking, and for the paddle boats and model railway.
Parking and accessibility
The park has 2 car parks, which you access via Emerald Park Lake Road.
- Puffing Billy Lakeside station carpark: to access, turn left at the fork in the carpark entry road.
- Lakeside carpark: to access, continue past the fork in the carpark entry road and follow the road to the right, alongside the lake.
$6 for all-day parking: buy your parking ticket from the ticket machine located in each car park. The machines accept coins, notes and credit cards. Display your ticket on your vehicle’s dashboard.
- Parking is free for disability permit holders and motorcycle riders.
Annual parking Pass
All annual passes are valid from 31 August and must be renewed each year.
- Cardinia Shire ratepayers and residents: $10
- Non-Cardinia Shire residents: $40
To get a pass, you can:
- apply and pay for it online
- print the application form and email it to email@example.com (including a copy of your rates notice to get the ratepayer discount)
- buy one at the park’s café or at Council's Civic Centre at 20 Siding Avenue, Officer
- contact us on 1300 787 624 and pay over the phone.
Display the pass on your vehicle’s dashboard.
Conditions of use
- Passes are non-refundable.
- Annual passes cannot be used on the Great Train Race Day (held in May each year). Standard parking fees will apply.
Transferring your parking pass to another vehicle
Passes are only transferable between vehicles you own.
Emerald Lake Park is accessible for people with limited mobility. The park features many wheelchair and pram-friendly paths, including the loop walk to Lake Nobelius. Ramps are provided in most locations.
Rules of the park
- Do not swim in the lake. It is unsafe and strictly prohibited. The wading pool is available for water play during the summer season.
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times.
- Do not kayak or boat on the lakes.
- Do not feed the ducks. Food provided by people can make them sick and malnourished. Ducks can also become aggressive and start to harass humans for food.
- Do not litter. Please take your rubbish with you, or put it in the bins provided. Penalties apply for littering.
- Do not ride trail bikes or horses in the park.
- Seek permission and details from our Passive Reserves team before mountain bike riding anywhere in the park (some tracks are available with permission).
- Wood and charcoal barbecues are not permitted.
- Follow the park rules for fishing.
- Do not camp.