Small gems were originally found in the creeks and watercourses around Gembrook Victoria back in the late 1880’s. Giving it its enchanting name. Also rich in agriculture and well-known for its potato growing, Gembrook was settled in 1873 for farming and timber.
Much of the township has an historic feel of the past and bestows patchwork landscape views surrounding this charming village in the Hills. Gembrook is the last stop on the Puffing Billy steam train line and home to Kurth Kiln Regional Park, The Motorist Museum, Gembrook Park and the market held on the last Sunday of every month. It’s adorable main street will make you think of years gone by but with modern high quality restaurants and cafes for lunch and dinner dates. And with all types of different accommodation available Gembrook is perfect for a weekend getaway from Melbourne.
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 Gembrook. Melbourne’s regional towns are artful and physically and spiritually nourishing. Gembrook is around an hours drive along the M1 from Melbourne. If you are travelling via public transport, grab the train from Melbourne City to Belgrave, then jump on the 695 Bus that travels between Belgrave & Gembrook or jump on Puffing Billy and experience the hills from a different angle.
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