With rich red volcanic soils feeding tall Eucalypt forests and cropland, through to valley soils supporting grazing and heathy foothill forests, the variety of the patchwork landscape is known as the Eastern Dandenong Ranges and Puffing Billy Country.
So close to Melbourne yet a world away, you’ll find yourself travelling through quaint hills villages such as Emerald. Melbourne’s regional towns are artful and physically and spiritually nourishing. If you are travelling on foot, train from Melbourne City to Belgrave, then on the 695 Bus that travels between Belgrave & Gembrook or jump on Puffing Billy.
Cockatoo lies between Emerald & Gembrook to the east and Mount Burnett & Pakenham to the south. Picturesque, Cockatoo is home to exploring Wright forest and boasts magnificent views and walks. The Cockatoo Country market is on the 1st Saturday of the month at Treloar Reserve. The Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre is located here as well and the areas provides the perfect setting & outlook to enjoy a family picnic and explore the region.
You’ll find a comprehensive guide to Cockatoo here.