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Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake Park
Emerald
VIC
3782
Tel: 1300 131 683

Directions

If you are heading due east of Melbourne, the park is access from Emerald township down Emerald Lake Park Road. Take the M1 out of Melbourne then head up the C404 or 61.

Where are we going today?

Kids, you know you want to get off the couch, turn that television off and enjoy nature! What better place to do it than in the heart of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges at Emerald Lake Park.

It's only an hours drive east of Melbourne, so this park is a great day trip from the city.

Emerald Lake Park is much more than a park though. Were you thinking small play sets, some grass and picnic tables? Guess again!

How about taking a ride on the iconic Puffing Billy? That's right - a train ride!

There is even the Emerald Lake Model Railway which is a must-see for those train loving kids, because it's the largest working scale model in the Southern Hemisphere! There is also a viewing area larger than the average Australian house - now that's impressive!

The model railway is also an interactive display. Kids will love all the buttons to press, as well as the trains to watch, and fascinating miniatures living in towns, city and country! This little world consists of more than 2,000 metres of track and includes 250 houses and buildings, 450 cars and trucks, 1,100 trees and 1,500 miniature people.

There are also scenic walking trails which you can enjoy a few hours exploring, or get out on the river and enjoy some paddle boats or even relax with some fishing. Always something for everyone! 

Parents, you will be happy to know that not only the park is super fun for kids, and a great place for them to keep active, but it's also a park where kids can learn! The Emerald Lake Park Environment Centre offers interesting and detailed information about the parks history, the features of the park, as well as facts about the native fauna and flora.

Not enough? Ever think a park would have a live aquatic animals display! This one does! 

So whether you are a train enthusiast, a nature lover, a wildlife spotter, or just want to enjoy a family out in the Australian country - Emerald Lake Park might just be your perfect family day out! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree entry, but charge for the railway
  • ChildrenFree entry, but charge for the railway
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

8am - 8pm Mid Dec to Mid Mar / 9am - 6pm Mid Mar - April / 9am - 4:30pm Early May to Sept / 9am - 6p

All year around.

I'm Hungry!

At the cafe you can enjoy a wide selection of hot and cold food, both sit in or takeaway. ,Ice cream, lovely soups, tea and coffee as well as snacks, light treats and hearty meals are all available! .

Need a little extra help?

The park is an accessible (and very enjoyable!) location for all mobility levels. The park is very wheelchair friendly and the paths have access to various facilities and activities around the park.

Baby Facilities

The paths are pram-friendly! .

What people are saying?

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    One of my favorite places on earth. I think it is at its very best in winter. It is crazy packed with busses and tourists in the summer, but in winter it is peaceful.

    The food is awesome and the wine cellar must be seen to be believed. I've always brought a couple bottles up with me on my way through Calgary and the chef has created meals to go with those wines. They now have a monster wine selection though so I come straight from the airport.

    My favorite part of staying here is that there is NO wifi, cable, radio, tv, dvr, etc in my room....Read More

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    Amazing views and location. It's one of the least commercialized hotels in the Rockie Mountains, and great quality/cost ratio. The water is so clean and you really feel like you're in paradise.

    There's no Wifi so you really can unplug and relax. Food is a bit pricey. Parking is inconvenient since you need to park at one location and take a shuttle to the hotel. Overall it was a surreal experience. Will probably go back again some day!

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    My girl and I spend two nights in June. Our room had very good lake view. And it is first time we had a real fireplace in the room. It feel perfect to sit in front of fireplace with the wood fire smile and lake view. We also try the restaurant in the main lobby(right side). I like the most of the dish we had. but only the over cooked beef that I have. There are only two thing are not convenience for customers. One is there is no wifi in the room and no TV. Two is the parking, it is free but about 5 min driving away. So every time you need call the...Read More

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    Service staff went above and beyond the call. Cottages are in desperate need of an overhaul. The food was delicious, and INSANELY expensive.

    I called ahead of time and was told that I couldn't bring in my own food, but that the chef would accommodate any special dietary needs (diabetic, hypertensive, etc). Upon arrival, it was discovered this was not the case, unfortunately, so a menu high in fats, salt, sugar and carbs was the order of the day for every meal.

    Parking isn't clearly marked (you have to park at the bottom of the hill and call...Read More

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    Beautiful, serene, luxurious, private. Eastern BC close to the Alberta border and Lake Louise.

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by W A West

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One of my favorite places on earth. I think it is at its very best in winter. It is crazy packed with busses and tourists in the summer, but in winter it is peaceful.

The food is awesome and the wine cellar must be seen to be believed. I've always brought a couple bottles up with me on my way through Calgary and the chef has created meals to go with those wines. They now have a monster wine selection though so I come straight from the airport.

My favorite part of staying here is that there is NO wifi, cable, radio, tv, dvr, etc in my room. It is blissfully silent and the only place on earth I can actually get away with unplugging from work. I love to go hiking and cross country skiing here, and I am NOT athletic. In fact this is where I learned to cross-country ski. Pack a lunch and ski to the head of the lake for extraordinary photo ops and intense peace and quiet. Really a spectacular place and setting. Plus just a short drive to Banff or Lake Louise for downhill skiing, shopping and alternate dining.

Oh! Try the Truffled Pig Café in Field, which you'll pass just before the entrance to Emerald Lake. Adorable and delicious. Not a bad walk either.

by Richard Ding

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My girl and I spend two nights in June. Our room had very good lake view. And it is first time we had a real fireplace in the room. It feel perfect to sit in front of fireplace with the wood fire smile and lake view. We also try the restaurant in the main lobby(right side). I like the most of the dish we had. but only the over cooked beef that I have. There are only two thing are not convenience for customers. One is there is no wifi in the room and no TV. Two is the parking, it is free but about 5 min driving away. So every time you need call the shuttle, most of time it is quick but still. I think it is great experience to live IN the lake and very very quiet.

by Sooze Kuzyk

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Service staff went above and beyond the call. Cottages are in desperate need of an overhaul. The food was delicious, and INSANELY expensive.

I called ahead of time and was told that I couldn't bring in my own food, but that the chef would accommodate any special dietary needs (diabetic, hypertensive, etc). Upon arrival, it was discovered this was not the case, unfortunately, so a menu high in fats, salt, sugar and carbs was the order of the day for every meal.

Parking isn't clearly marked (you have to park at the bottom of the hill and call up to the main lodge for the shuttle) and we wound up driving right in to the lodge - where cars are not allowed. The parking situation is mentioned on the website, so it's my own fault for not reading through the entire "Getting Here" page.

The lodge advertises a work out room and a games room.

The work out room is a treadmill and a stationary bike, housed snuggly next to one another in a hot and humid room just next to the door of the sauna.

The games room has a pool/billiards table. The "games" are board games/card games you can borrow at the front desk. I don't know if there's a charge to borrow said games, as I declined the offer.

Overall, I adored the staff. I wasn't impressed with the experience in general, however.

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