Emerald Lake Park

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Length: 1.3 km
Height gain: 74 metres
Average gradient: 5.3%
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Residential
Traffic: Light

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There is a great little 1.3km climb out from the Emerald Lake.  Which offers stunning views of Lake Treganowan along the way.  The Emerald Lake Park is a beautiful place to visit and quite a popular tourist destinations and is home to one of the true icons of the Dandenong Ranges; “Puffing Billy”.  The town of Emerald is quite popular with cyclists.  Given the volume of bikes always parked out the front of the Emerald bakery.  It’s a theory that cyclists mainly visit Emerald to satisfy a sweet tooth at the Emerald Bakery…….

One of the best Bakeries in all of Melbourne I might add.

Emerald Lake Road is quite narrow, but is fairly straight and its easy for vehicles to see past you to overtake safely.  The climb begins just after you pass the Duck sign  (see picture below).  The first part is quite a steep pinch and has a couple of speed humps to throw your chi out before making it to the toll booth.

Start of the climb

The gradient flattens out to around 6%, until you’re about 500 metres into the climb.  The road dips slightly for about 100 metres.  You can really put the foot down and hammer it through this section.  Hold something in reserve as the final pinch out to the main road is quite nasty.  Peaking at close to 14% & a lot harder than it looks.  It’s one of those pinches where you’re lungs and legs will be on fire.

This isn’t a long or an overly difficult climb, but one that I would highly recommend to make a short detour to visit the Emerald Lake Park.  It’s an amazing place to visit, and well worth the visit.


The Emerald Lake Park was originally part of the historic Nobelius Nursery.  Which came into operation in the 1890’s. Fruit & ornamental trees were planted.  In 1941 the Lake was opened as a public park, and today is one of the most popular parks in the Dandenong’s. Set within the hillside and native bushlands, discover all Emerald Lake Park has to offer.  There’s a number of activities which cater for the whole family.  Paddle boat rides, model railway display, a Café, free B.B.Q facilities, Puffing Billy, hiking tracks, a seasonal wading pool or bring along the fishing rod as there is an abundance of Rainbow Trout within its waters.


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