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Nestled amongst the towering rainforests of the Dandenong Ranges sits Puffing Billy Railway’s new state-of-the-art Lakeside Visitor Centre.
Featuring a modern café with the best produce on offer in the region, a dedicated gift shop featuring locally designed treasures a...

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*OPEN HOURS* FEBRUARY 4th-27th 2022

FRI. 11-3
SAT. 11-4
SUN. 11-4
(*subject to weather conditions)

No bookings required. Purchase your ticket on the day and explore the beautiful Emerald Lake!!

NEW!! Accessible boats available for people with additional mobility needs or extra comfort for our younger riders. Please enquire for availability.

Click on 'Buy' and choose your option!
A fantastic idea for an upcoming birthday or special occasion!! What better way to mark a significant celebration than creating the gift of a beautiful memory for that someone special!



COVID Safe Measures :

*increased cleaning and sanitising of all contact surfaces and other high use areas (2-3hrs)
*hand sanitiser station for use upon entry and exit
*Life Jackets sanitised after use between customers using a Food Grade Sanitiser

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a year ago
Great value for money, 30min is definitely a long time and a leg workout so if you're not into that I'd suggest a 15min session. Staff are helpful and lovely. Card payment or cash availability. Parking is close and cheap if staying all day or just for a while. Plenty of picnic spots, tables, benches, clean toilets, fishing available, a small playground and a workout playground. Great day trip or small trip for a few hours and an easy drive. Highly recommend the paddle boats and Emerald lake Park in general
- Amy-Louise S
2 months ago
Had a great day on the paddle boats, $28 for half an hour :)
- Brittany J
a year ago
Fun times. Well worth the trip.

Paddleboat Hire

 Lakeside Paddleboats are located within the picturesque Emerald Lake Park and operate on Lake Treganowan. Paddleboats can be hired from our ticket office next to the Environment Centre. We cater for walk-in customers on the day and/or Group Bookings; including Corporate, NFP/Community groups and private family functions (20-100+ people) Please contact us directly for additional information and to make your booking.

All paddleboats are 2-seaters. Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 are subject to size requirements and minimum age is 3yo. For safety, height restrictions do apply. All riders must be over 90cm tall and wear a life jacket (available in adult and children’s sizes) which will be provided free of charge. Total weight on Aqua Bikes is a Safety Factor and is approximately 180kg.
Our Iconic Vintage Paddleboats are lovingly restored and maintained and we are excited to introduce our newly updated accessible boats for people with additional mobility needs or extra comfort for our younger riders!😊

**Our COVIDSAFE guidelines and Safety Rules & Regulations can be found in Updates.

*Opening days and times are seasonal and subject to weather conditions.  We will close on days of extreme heat and  days of high percentage chance of rain* Closed Christmas Day
Check weather forecast here:

PRICE (1-2 person per ride)

$17 - 15 min
$20 - 20 min
$28 - 30 min


Step into a timeless world of wonder with Australia's favourite steam train: Puffing Billy, located in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Recognised as one of the finest preserved steam trains in the world, Puffing Billy operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of their volunteers.
Experience the magic of steam train travel from the moment you arrive with the sight of the historic locomotives preparing for departure at the station, the smell of steam billowing out of the vessel's chimney and the evocative sound of the train's whistle.
Built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carry anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants, the Railway is now a major tourist attraction that invites visitors to come and experience a century old tradition.
Ride in open side carriages over the hill, down the valley and into the forest of the original mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of the region.

To discover more of what the Eastern Dandenong Ranges has to offer visit

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Emerald Lake Park
Emerald VIC 3782

Business Hours

Mon:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tue:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Wed:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Thu:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fri:11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sat:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sun:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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