Lakeside Hall

Lakeside Hall -  home to a collection of expertly curated steam artifact displays, including Puffing Billy Railway’s first ever locomotive, 3A.

Discover the intwined history of Puffing Billy Railway and the Dandenong Ranges inside the Great Hall; home to a collection of expertly curated steam artifact displays, including a replica of Puffing Billy Railway’s first ever locomotive, 3A.

Original parts from 3A can be found on many of today’s NA locomotives, which would not be in operation if these parts had not been made available for restoration and maintenance projects. However, apart from the chimney and the wooden axle boxes, every part of this beautiful engine is an authentic remnant of 3A from its days as a pioneer of steam travel at the beginning of the 20th century!

Glimpse into days gone by with rarely seen images and historic steam artifacts, while meeting and hearing from some of our life-long volunteers.

Lakeside Hall -  home to a collection of expertly curated steam artifact displays, including Puffing Billy Railway’s first ever locomotive, 3A.
Scavenger Hunt through the Lakeside Visitor Centre

COG BIKES AUSTRALIA BIKE HIRE

Discovering the Dandenong Ranges just got more fun on two wheels! In partnership with local family-owned and operated bike company, COG BIKES Australia, you can now hire a bike from Puffing Billy Railway's Lakeside Station bike hub!

Choose from a range of standard trail bikes, e-bikes, balance bikes or children's pedal bikes, and explore the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail that runs alongside Puffing Billy between Emerald and Gembrook.

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TRACKSIDE TRAIN SPOTTING!

With tall expansive windows that bathe the Lakeside Visitor Centre in daylight, why not take up the local tradition of waving good morning as Puffing Billy steams past? There are various viewing areas throughout the building, including outdoors on the Railway Café alfresco.

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ART EXHIBITION

In partnership with award-winning photographic artist and Guys Hill local, Karen Alsop, Puffing Billy Railway is pleased to introduce Animal Tales to the Lakeside Visitor Centre; a three-part animal-focused photographic series that juxtaposes human characteristics, behaviours, or situations with the faces of real-life native animals.

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JUMP ON BOARD FROM LAKESIDE

Travel on the train from Lakeside and travel 50 minutes to the hidden gem township of Gembrook!

The journey will take you through Wright Forest and over three historic trestle bridges before the landscape opens up to rolling hills and farmland. Once there, take your picnic pack to J.A.C Russell Park, peruse the local op shop and Pandora’s Box Antiques and Collectibles, or visit the museum for vintage cars. Their book café is also well worth a look!

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PICNIC IN THE PARK

Pick up some take away from the Railway Café and roll out a rug in front of Lake Treganowan for a picture perfect picnic with family or friends.

There are plenty of green patches to spread out on, including spots in the open sun (don't forget your sunscreen!) or under one of the many towering trees of the surrounding Dandenong Ranges forest.

Explore Emerald Lake Park - particularly stunning in autumn!

GIFT SHOP

Visit the Lakeside Visitor Centre's dedicated gift and souvenir shop, with locally designed gifts, handcrafted produce from the hills and railway related memorabilia to take home and treasure.

Or, if online shopping is more your thing, visit our online store below!

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Emerald Lake Park activities

Emerald Lake Park is home to both native and exotic plants, with fern gullies and open eucalypt forests. The ornamental trees are spectacular, and some significant trees are listed with the National Trust of Australia. It covers an area of roughly 52 hectares and features Lake Treganowan and Lake Nobelius, ornamental exotic trees and natural bushland.

The park is home to a wide range of walking trails, a playground and a wading pool (open in summer only).