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Emerald Lake (Emerald)

Emerald Lake Park is a park for all seasons and a delightful destination for absolutely everyone.

With two beautiful lakes, Lake Treganowan and Nobelious, and 50 hectares of rolling parklands, Emerald Lake Park offers discovery, enjoyment and relaxation.

With free entry and a small parking fee you can relax by the picturesque lakes, picnic in the glorious parklands or participate in a wonderful choice of activities.

Take a stroll, or a more challenging bushwalk, along the well-developed 15km of walking tracks and take in the tranquillity and natural beauty of the park.

Back at the lake, there’s plenty of trout fishing, or you might prefer a leisurely paddleboat ride.

The kids will love the playgrounds and everyone will enjoy the largest model railway display in the southern hemisphere.

For lunch, cook your own meal on the park’s free electric barbeques or you might prefer one of the delicious meals from the cafe.

If you’re planning a birthday party, group function or even a wedding, why not hire one of the picnic shelters or amphitheatres scattered throughout the park?

There is much more to discover at Emerald Lake Park including its colourful history as well as the ever changing seasons of the park.

Keep an eye on what’s on to find out about upcoming activities and events.

But most of all enjoy yourselves among nature’s best.

Activities include:

Model Railway: More Information

Paddleboats: More Information

Fishing at Emerald Lake Park is a popular activity for all ages. Whether you're an avid fisher looking for a peaceful and relaxing location or if you're a first time fisher. Lake Treganowan is regularly restocked and offers an experience for all levels.

Why not make it a day experience and bring a picnic and cook your catch on the free barbeques. Don't despair if you don't catch something the cafe has plenty on offer.

The lake is stocked twice a year through Department of Primary Industries Therefore, there are always fish to be caught.

Please note Victorian Recreational Fishing Licences apply.

To prevent injuries to bird life, please dispose of all fishing line or tackle appropriately.
There is a 5 a day catch limit.
There is no size limit, however please promptly return any unwanted fish to the lake.
Bait must be brought with you as digging is not allowed.

Emerald Lake Park has approximately 15km of formed pathways ranging from easy walking routes around the perimeter of the two lakes to longer bush tracks linking the park with Emerald Town Centre (via the Nobelius Heritage Nursery) and with Cockatoo Township, through the adjacent Wright’s forest.

This network of pathways offer beautiful walking trails of varying degrees and experiences for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Some of the more popular walks are:
Lake Nobelius Circuit
Time: 20mins
Distance: 0.8km
Access: For all walkers, wheelchairs, pushers, kids bikes.

This walk is the most popular as it has a number of variations and is suitable for all park users as the paths are mostly flat and easily accessible for wheel chairs and people with limited mobility.

The first part of this walk will lead you towards the Lakes source, flowing through an ancient fern gully, which is a remnant of the Cool temperate Rainforests indigenous to the area.

You will then discover another lake named Lake Nobelius after Carl Axel Nobelius the Swedish Horticulturist who first came to the area in the late 1890’s.

As you wonder across the bridge you may notice Turtles in the lake or Black Cockatoos eating seeds from the California Redwoods. This is a good spot to rest and reflect in the peace and tranquillity of Emerald Lake Park. For your convenience there are toilets and seats or wander through an arboretum and picnic on the grass.

The Lake Nobelius walk also provides access to three of the amphitheatres available for hire.

The Trail continues as you reach the source of the lakes, a spring oozing from beneath giant Mountain Ash trees. The trail then follows the creek back towards Lake Treganowan, this area is heaven for birds, often seen are Bronze Wing pigeons and Crimson Rosellas.

Then you can stop at the Café for a coffee and a snack or continue around the main Lake, which brings you back to the Carpark.

Wishing Well Walk
Time: 25mins
Distance: 0.7km - 1.4km Return
Access: Walkers
The Wishing Well Walk is the most popular of the Park's walks and begins at the far end of Lakeside Carpark on the lower side of the creek.

Follow the signs through a chestnut forest, into an ancient forest gully with very tall European Trees towering over the Native rainforest.

Within minutes you are at the wishing well, a beautiful and peaceful spot where you can take your time to make a wish. The return journey is the way you came and shall have you back at the carpark within half an hour.

Park Circuit walk
Time: 1 hour
Distance: 1.6km
Access: Walkers
This track begins at the far end of Lakeside Carpark on the high side of the creek, this is also the main track to Emerald Township (1.2km).

The walk is a medium gradient upwards for the first 0.7km and takes you through a forest of European Trees leading into a beautiful Fern Forest.

Soon you will be above the forest valley. Look out for the Black Wallaby.

There is a fork in the track, to continue, head left across the spring creek and up towards the pine forest. This will bring you to the Puffing Billy Train line which is about half way.

The path continues along the train line all the way. Follow it and see how big Emerald Lake Park really is, keep an eye our along the way to discover Chestnuts Mushrooms and other surprises. The path continues around the boundry until you arrive just above the Playground, in around 1hour.

Wading Pool:
Emerald Lake Park wading pool is a free pool open to the public during Summer at designated times.

Located on the edge of Lake Treganowan, the pool has scenic views across the lake and is near the Lakeside and Poolside picnic shelters

There are many magnificent picnic spots within Emerald Lake Park for you to enjoy the serenity of the surrounds.

There are free electric barbeques in promenant positions within the park as well as numerous picnic tables for you to utilise and enjoy a picnic you've prepared or a purchase from the cafe.

Picnic Shelters are available for hire as well.

Opening Hours:

Emerald Lake Park is open everyday of the year (except Christmas Day)

See table below for specific times.

Date From Date To Time Open Time Close
18 December - 14 March: 8:00am - 8:00pm
15 March - 30 April: 9:00am - 6:00pm
1 May- 30 September: 9:00am - 4:30pm
1 October - 17 December: 9:00am - 6:00pm


Car Parking fees:
$2 for one hour
$6 for all day
$40 Annual Car Parking Pass for Non Cardinian residents and $10 for residents

Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines located in each car park and must be displayed at all times. Penalties apply for not complying with parking rules.

Ticket Machines accept 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins. Exact money is required as no change is given.


Nice mixture of activities are available on and around the lake and being located next to the Emerald Puffing Billy station is a major plus point. If you time your visit well it is possible to see multiple trains in a short time. For example, when we visited there was a 12:15 train to Gembrook and a 12:30 train to Belgrave. Having to pay for parking peeves me slightly but the cost isn't too high.


Address | Contact

Cnr Emerald Lake Rd and Elizabeth Ct,  Emerald 3782, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Map: 127 Ref: J3

Web Links


Link Emerald Lake Park Walking tracks and trails

Link The Best Family Activities in the Dandenong Ranges

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