Whether you’re seeking misty views from a steam train or horticultural inspiration, historic Emerald has much to offer.
Whether you have a green thumb or simply a passing interest in the history of the local area, a trip to the Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Park is a must. Finnish immigrant Carl Axel Nobelius established a local nursery in 1892 and built it up to become the largest exporter of fruit trees in the southern hemisphere. The park is set on the site of his original nursery and the museum holds a treasure trove of information about the history of the township and Nobelius’s lasting influence.
Paul and Belinda Douglas, owners of The General Foodstore, pride themselves on a seasonal menu, using ingredients mainly sourced from the local and greater Victorian food regions. In keeping with Emerald’s creative community spirit, the cafe also showcases the work of a different local writer and artist each month.
If you have little ones, Emerald Puffing Billy Railway is a picturesque way to view the rolling hills of the Dandenong Ranges. This is the oldest steam train in Victoria, and your kids will think they’re riding a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine as you chug through the ferny rainforest. Think you’re too grown up for a train ride? Dress in your best 1920s garb for one of the on-board murder mystery nights.