About Emerald Lake Park

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 that 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.

Emerald Lake Road, Emerald VIC. 

Getting there 

By car

Paid on-site car parking is available. You can buy a car parking ticket each visit or buy an annual pass.

By train

Catch the train to Belgrave station, then walk to the nearby Puffing Billy station and take the famous tourist train to Lakeside station.

By bus

Route 695 Belgrave to Gembrook. Walk down Emerald Lake Road to the park.

By coach 

The park has 3 bus and coach set-down and pick-up bays (15-minute limit) near Puffing Billy’s Lakeside station.

Park entry is free

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.

The park is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day, CFA declared ‘Code red’ and 'Extreme' fire danger days.

Emerald Lake Park opening hours
Dates Opening hours
18 December 2017 to 14 March 2018 8am to 8pm
15 March 2018 to 30 April 2018 9am to 6pm
1 May 2018 to 30 September 2018 9am to 4.30pm
1 October 2018 to 17 December 2018 9am to 6pm

View wading pool opening hours

  • 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.
  • Camping is not allowed.