Emerald, Gem of Dandenong ranges and oldest township in the Hills
Emerald is beautiful to visit any time of the year. You'll be treated to majestic views and colours, mists and warm winter fires, stunning bird and wildlife and fern gully walks.
Emerald is the highest station along the Puffing Billy line and the mid point for passengers travelling on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Gembrook. The Eastern Dandenong Ranges Visitor Centre at Emerald Station is the best spot to pick-up information on what to see & do around Emerald and take some great pics of Puffing Billy.
The short ride on Puffing Billy from Emerald to Emerald Lake Park is perfect for families with littleies to experience Puffing Billy for the first time. Emerald Lake Park is right in the centre of Emerald's two retail shopping precincts, Puffing Billy Precinct & Emerald Lakeside Precinct. You'll find the Emerald Museum, Nobelius Heritage Park, Model Railway Museum, paddleboats, playground, BBQ & picnic areas and walking tracks all at Emerald Lake Park. You can take a leasurely 20 minute stroll from Emerald Station to Emerald Lake Park passing through Puffing Billy Park, and taking the multi-use trail along the Puffing Billy track, enjoying the open space views out to Westernport Bay. Many visitors enjoy exploring Emerald's history on foot. The Emerald Heritage Walk takes approx 1 hr and you'll get to see both retail precincts & the Nobelius Heritage end of Emerald Lake Park. The compelling ANZAC Walk audio trail is a 30 min walk about the 32 local soldiers who lost their lives during World War 1.