Emerald Lake Model Railway

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a kitsch attraction inside Emerald Lake. If you have little train fans it’s a must-do. It’s the largest running model railway in the Southern Hemisphere!

Emerald Lake Model Railway

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.

Emerald Lake Model Railway

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!)….

Emerald Lake Model Railway

or follow the many trains round and round the tracks and appreciate the tiny details.

Emerald Lake Model Railway

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!


Emerald Lake Model Railway

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.

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HOT Tips:

  • 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

Adults: $7

Concession: $5         

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): $20


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