The model railway is a family-run business and is pretty low-key in its operation. Pay the entry fee ($7 adults, $4 children), go behind the black curtain then grab a stool for a view of a miniature world.
As protective rail surrounds the display so curious little fingers can’t reach inside. There are still a few buttons to press to activate various elements.
You can play ‘I spy’ to your heart’s content (look for the moving chickens!)….
or follow the many trains round and round the tracks and appreciate the tiny details.
Emerald Lake is one of the stops on the Puffing Billy and offers other attractions, including pedal boats on the lake, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing and walking tracks. Together with the Emerald Lake Model Railway it makes a great day out!
For other miniature (but not model) railways in Melbourne rains try Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway, Altona Miniature Railway, Bulla Hill Railway and Diamond Valley Railway.
- Parking $6 for all day;
- Kiosk, public toilets nearby;
- Free BBQ shelters and picnic shelters;
- Emerald Lake features pedal boats, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing and walking tracks and is one of the stops of the Puffing Billy.
Emerald Lake Model Railway, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald (03) 5968 3455
Summer months: 11am–4pm
Winter months: 11am–2.30pm weekdays, 11am–4pm weekends and shool holidays
Closed Christmas Day
Children (3–15 years): $4
Children (under 3): free
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): $20