Puffing Billy – between Belgrave and Gembrook
Step back in time at Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy!
Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world and operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of their volunteers.
The excitement begins from the moment you arrive at the station with the sight of the historic locomotives, the smell of the steam and the sound of the train’s whistle.
The Railway was built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants.
Today, Puffing Billy Railway is a major tourist attraction and incites visitors to come and experience a century old tradition. Ride in the open sides carriages as the historic steam trains continue to run on their original mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook, in the natural surrounds of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. https://puffingbilly.com.au/
Emerald Lake Park – Emerald
A major tourist attraction in the Dandenong Ranges. As one of the destination points for the iconic Puffing Billy, the park offers a range of activities including picnics, walking trails, paddle boats and fishing – something for everyone!
Australia Rainbow Trout Farm – Macclesfield
Highly stocked ponds with Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Golden Trout or Atlantic Salmon. They also have a kiosk, with drink and snacks and also barbeque untensils, but it is recommended you bring your own, if you want to catch your own fish and cook it on site!
Trees Adventure Glen Harrow Park - Belgrave
The estate is situated on the traditional Wurundjeri land, spans eight hectares of mostly forest alongside the Puffing Billy station in Belgrave. It features rare trees, including a magnificent 150-year-old Algerian Oak, used as the ‘Home Tree’ for the tree top adventure courses, the gigantic Sequoia that rises sixty metres above the earth and two Chinquapin – the only known Japanese oaks in Victoria.
1000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk – Ferntree Gully
The Kokoda Track is a beautiful walking track with adjacent forested areas, bushlands and various scenic points. Whilst visiting the steps, you will get a small glimpse into the physical effort experienced by the Australian soldiers during 1942.
Local Restaurants & Cafes:
Emerald Thai - Emerald
The Independent – Gembrook
Elevation – Emerald
Bam Bam - Avonsleigh
The General Food Store – Emerald
Zest - Emerald
Incy Wincy - Emerald
The Emerald Village Bakery - Emerald
Piggery Café Burnham Beeches – Sherbrooke
The Paradise Hotel – Clematis
O.My – Beaconsfield
Pine Grove Hotel - Upper Beaconsfield