Emerald is the oldest township in the Hills & beautiful to visit anytime of the year.
The Hills Village is the highest station along the Puffing Billy line and the mid point for passengers travelling on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Gembrook. Travelling to Emerald from Melbourne is an easy 1hour drive taking the M1 Motorway. If you are travelling on foot, trains run from Melbourne to Belgrave and you can take the 695 bus or Puffing Billy to Emerald.
If you enjoy open spaces, majestic views and colours, mists and warm winter fires, stunning bird and wildlife, fern gullies & forest walks and fresh mountain air, Emerald is the perfect destination to experience a range of local cuisine & wines, markets & live theatre immersed in local hills charm, heritage & culture.
Self-serve Visitor Information is available at the The Eastern Dandenong Ranges Visitor Centre located at the Shop of Opportunities, 15 Kilvington Drive, opposite Puffing Billy Park.
Emerald is popular with families and makes a great base to visit other nearby family attractions by car. Healesville Sanctuary is 35mins away and Phillip Island 1hr 30mins.
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.
The new 12.5km Eastern Dandenong Ranges Rail Trail goes from Emerald to Gembrook. This is a must for walking & cycling enthusiasts providing a unique rail trail experience; open space views looking out to Westernport Bay, fern gullies, tall Eucalypt forests and patchwork farmland.
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.
The vibrant village atmosphere of Emerald is matched by old fashioned country town customer service, reliable trades, professional services and unique retail stores.
There are two retail precincts, 5mins apart in walking and both on the Belgrave-Gembrook Road.
It's an easy stroll from both precincts to beautiful Emerald Lake Park & Puffing Billy Emerald Lakeside Station.
Emerald is perfect for romantic and family getaways, backpacking and groups. Camping is also available in Gembrook, 30 minutes from Emerald, as well as Warburton & Pakenham.
Dining in Emerald is a culinary delight with something to please all ages and tastes. From small family cafes, a bakery that is a feast for the eyes & tastes, contemporary local & international cuisine cafes & restaurants & hotel with views. Takeaway is also available but you won't find any fast food chains here.
Our Groups & Clubs are vital to our local economy and keep our community connected. Everything from protecting our environment, keeping us safe, operating markets and events, sport, education and training, health & wellbeing.
Our local markets in Emerald, Cockatoo, Gembrook, Kallista, Belgrave & Monbulk support small home businesses and a renowned artist community.
You will more than likely experience a community event every weekend in Emerald and Ranges.