Cockatoo Victoria lies 48 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. Between the Eastern Dandenong Ranges townships of Emerald & Gembrook to the east, and Mount Burnett & Pakenham to the south. Picturesque, Cockatoo township is home to exploring the Wright forest and boasts magnificent views and walking trails. Originally settled in the late 1800’s by gold prospectors and timber merchants it is now a charming residential township in the Hills.
You will find the Cockatoo Country market on the 1st Saturday of every month at Treloar Reserve located in the heart of Cockatoo. The Ash Wednesday Bushfire’s hit Cockatoo Victoria pretty hard and there has since been an Education Centre built which is located in the reserve as well. The surrounding area provides the perfect setting and outlook to learn more about the area, enjoy a family picnic and explore the region.
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.
Around an hour from central Melbourne, we are so close to the CBD yet we are 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 via public transport, jump on the train from Melbourne City to Belgrave train station, then take the 695 Bus that travels between Belgrave & Gembrook or jump on Puffing Billy steam train and view the hills as you whizz through the hills.
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