Things to do at Emerald Lake Park

This page has information on activities you can enjoy at Emerald Lake Park. 

For information go to Events at Emerald Lake Park

Both Emerald Museum and Nobelius Heritage Park are managed by a volunteer committee under the authority of Council.

Emerald Lake Park has a number of tracks and trails, from shorter trails for those after a relaxing stroll to longer, more challenging hikes.

Emerald Lake Park walking trails
Track Difficulty Distance Time Other
Link Track Moderate to difficult, short but steep 250m 5 minutes  
Lake Nobelius Loop Track Easy 1.2km (loop) 15 minutes Wheelchair friendly
Pine Track Easy to moderate 1km 15 minutes  
Wishing Well Track Easy to moderate 700m 10 minutes  
Fern Gully Track Difficult (steep in sections) 700m 15 minutes  
Nobelius Track Moderate (one steep section) 1.4km 20 minutes  
Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail (part) Easy to moderate 1km (within Emerald Lake Park) 20 minutes  

Download the Emerald Lake Park walking trails brochure

Virtual Ranger trail

The Virtual Ranger Trail allows you to get information sent to your mobile phone or other smart device connected to the internet.

Look out for the 10 Virtual Ranger Trail posts located around the park and scan the QR codes for information like audio, text, images and graphics on the park’s plants, animals and history.

Emerald Lake Park has 2 playgrounds, both located near the poolside shelter, and outdoor exercise equipment with 8 work stations.

The newest playground has activities suitable for young teenagers. 

The play equipment includes: 

  • climbing structures
  • double ‘hang n glide’
  • orbital spinner
  • pyramid net.

Pool opening hours

The pool is open in December, January, February and March when the temperature is 26 degrees or more.

It will open at 12pm and close at 6.30pm on weekdays and weekends.

Throughout January the pool will open every day. On days when the forecast temperture is below 26 degrees, the pool will open from 12pm for a minimum of three hours.

The pool will not open: 

  • when it is wet or stormy
  • on CFA-declared 'Extreme' and 'Code Red' day

To find out if the pool is open, visit the Cardinia Leisure website, the Cardinia Outdoor Pools Facebook page or phone 5945 2888

The barbecues have reopened and are free to use. No bookings are required.

  • Near the Boatshed shelter: 1 double barbecue
  • Near the Boatshed shelter, in the picnic area (next to the lake): 1 single barbecue
  • Next to the café: 1 single barbecue
  • Next to the Gus Ryberg Amphitheatre: 1 double barbecue. 

Changes to barbecue availability due to Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre works

  • The barbecues at the Messmate shelter are no longer available for use. They will be replaced in another area of the park.
  • The single barbecue at the Lion’s Den shelter will be removed soon. It will be replaced in another area of the park.

It has indoor and outdoor seating and reservations can be made.

Call the cafe on 5968 5113 for more information.

Emerald Lake Model Railway is the largest model railway in the Southern Hemisphere. For more information go to the Model Railway website

Lakeside Paddleboats can be hired at Emerald Lake Park on Lake Treganowan opposite the wading pool. Visit the Lakeside Paddleboats website for opening hours.

Lake Treganowan is restocked with rainbow trout during the year by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, which makes it a great place to take the kids fishing.

  • Please dispose of all fishing line and tackle responsibly to prevent injuries to birds, animals and other people.
  • You can only catch a certain number of fish at the lake on a given day. See catch limits on the Victorian Fisheries Authority website
  • Size limits do not apply.
  • Removed the hook before throwing back any fish.
  • Bring your own bait; digging for worms is not allowed

Note: you will need to have a Victorian recreational fishing licence to fish at the lake.

Australia’s premier preserved steam train stops in Emerald Lake Park at Lakeside station, as part of its journey through the stunning Dandenong Ranges.

Visit the Puffing Billy website for all ticketing, timetable and event information.