Walking Trails

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail

The 17km long & our premier hilly trail follows the Puffing Billy steam railway through the Eastern Dandenong Ranges starting at Clematis and finishing in Gembrook offering a full range of experiences for users – hills, forests, farms, rural villages, picnic facilities, heritage railway.

17km Time will vary Low to high difficulty
Wright Forest Walks

Wright Forest Walks

Wright Forest has several walking tracks to choose from. The tracks link to Emerald Lake Park and the town centre of Cockatoo. Wrights Forest is a remnant native eucalypt forest and consists of over 75 species of native plants.

Various distances Various times Various Levels
Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track

Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track

An intimate 17km walking track along Sassafras Creek. You can start from Emerald or Sassafras with picnic grounds along the way. You’ll see many native birds and wallabies at dusk. You can picnic at Kays, Olympic, Kensleys & Beagleys picnic grounds.

17km 4-6 hours Low to Moderate
Butterfield Wildlife Reserve Walk

Butterfield Wildlife Reserve Walk

Butterfield Wildlife Reserve was a former logging and gold mining region. The track starts from Emerald-Monbulk Rd, also a starting point to walk the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track to Emerald or onto Monbulk. The chimney remnants of Bill Butterfield’s cottage built in the early 1940’s can be viewed at the start of this gentle and peaceful walk.

3km return 30 mins Low Difficulty
Gembrook Park Nature Trail

Gembrook Park Nature Trail

Gembrook Park is a 5 minute walk from the Gembrook Town Centre and Puffing Billy railway station. There is a picnic area and 2 short walks to explore. Fern Gully Walk is a 1.5km walk. Hillside Walk continues on for another 1.2km. The park is around 29 hectares is a display of mountain grey gums, mountain ash and messmate stringy bark.

1.2-1.5kms 30-35 mins Two Walks
Link Track

Link Track

A short steep track linking the Wishing Well Track to Pine Track via the Emerald–Cockatoo Multi-use Trail. Array of native and some large elm trees at the bottom end of the track. Note - This track can be slippery during wet weather.

250m 5 mins Moderate to High Difficulty
Lake Nobelius Loop Track

Lake Nobelius Loop Track

Proceeding south from the cafe, you will reach Lake Nobelius. This lake was constructed as a sediment trap for stormwater entering the park from urban areas to the east of the park and the natural spring that enters from the south. A number of boardwalks pass over the water, allowing walkers to view the abundant animal life.

1.2km 15 mins Low Difficulty
Pine Track

Pine Track

This track is well-formed and is dominated at one end by mature pine trees (Pinus radiata), giving the trail its name. The track joins the Emerald–Cockatoo Multi-use Trail on the border of the Nobelius Heritage Nursery.

1km 15 mins Low to Moderate Difficulty
Wishing Well Track

Wishing Well Track

The Wishing Well Track walk is the most popular within the park. Walk through a stand of chestnuts, into an ancient forest gully with very tall European trees towering over the native rainforest. When you reached the end, make a wish at the wishing well.

700m 10 mins Low to Moderate Difficulty
Fern Gully Track

Fern Gully Track

This track, narrow and steep in parts, meanders along the stormwater course that flows from Nobelius Heritage Nursery through to Lakeside car park. You will head through the gully filled with native and exotic flora then come to a small field of ferns. This track is very narrow and is slippery after rain.

700m 15 mins High Difficulty
Emerald–Cockatoo Multi-use Trail (part)

Emerald–Cockatoo Multi-use Trail (part)

This trail runs from Nobelius nursery through to Wombat corner, and is part of a longer trail that links Emerald to Cockatoo via Emerald Lake Park and Wrights Forest. The trail is lined with ferns and a mix of exotic and native flora.

1km 20 mins Low to Moderate Difficulty
Nobelius Track

Nobelius Track

Nobelius Track follows Puffing Billy railway line, from the Carl Stemp amphitheatre to the packing shed. The walk has a number of pine trees, chestnuts and oaks, together with a mix of indigenous flora. The track passes the old Nobelius station and is part of the annual Great Train Race fun run.

1.4km 20 mins Moderate Difficulty
Margaret Lester Walk

Margaret Lester Walk

This hard-surfaced track has been especially designed for the disabled. The track follows a steady gradient weaving through spectacular Mountain Ash forest and features interpretive signs to introduce you to the surrounding forest.

300m 30 mins Low Difficulty
Hardy Gully Nature Walk

Hardy Gully Nature Walk

This easy Interpretive Walk takes you back in time to ancient origins with signs that will introduce you to the cool temperate rainforest which is threatened throughout the world.

700m 45 mins Low Difficulty
Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

The route follows Lyrebird Walk passing though cleared areas of bush created by the successive wildfires of the early 1900’s. At Paddy Track Junction turn south and cross Hardy Creek before climbing Welch Track and following Coles Ridge Rd back to the picnic ground.

7.1km 2.5 hours High Difficulty

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