Emerald - Cockatoo recreational trail is ideal for walkers and cyclists and offers access to a range of family fun and recreational activities. The trail is a comfortable 2.5-hour walk from Kilvington Road - south-east of Puffing Billy station - Emerald to Cockatoo; wandering through natural settings including Nobelius Heritage Park, Emerald Lake Park and Wright Forest.
Some sections near Nobelius Heritage Park and in Wright Forest are more challenging and may not suit all visitors, but the very fit can warm up with a vigorous cycle through the forest to Cockatoo.
Barbecue and picnic facilities are provided at Emerald Lake Park.
Dogs are permitted on the trail but must be on a leash at all times. Only guide dogs are permitted on Puffing Billy.
Ride on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald station and walk to Emerald Lake Park as a leisurely start to a family picnic or a visit to the cafe. Emerald Lake Park also offers fun on paddleboats, the largest model railway display in the southern hemisphere, and a free outdoor wading pool open during the summer season.
For details on Emerald Lake Park attractions and opening times, please visit Emerald Lake Park website.
Moderately easy 7-kilometre walk – allow 5 hours (return trip).
Car parking and toilets at:
– Emerald Puffing Billy station, Emerald
– Emerald Lake Park (parking fees apply)
– McBride Street, Alma Treloar Reserve, Cockatoo
Other walking trails in the dandenong ranges
Discover all the Dandenong Ranges has to offer - from stunning gardens to the beautiful Mountain Ash trees of the Sherbrooke forest. The Dandenong Ranges offers accessible and scenic trails to walk for all ages and fitness abilities.
For more information about these trails, please see the Visit Dandenong Ranges website .