Welcome Spring! Beautiful birdlife, daffodils, tulips, rhododendrons and camelia’s, paint the perfect picture. Take it all in and enjoy the smells, the sounds, the colour and the beauty of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.
WHAT'S ON NOW!
Winter Warmers – Looking for something to do that will warm the heart and the soul? Enjoy a walk along the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail or start with a ride on the paddleboats at Emerald Lake Park. Start or finish with a delicious meal at any of the local eateries to choose from. Small cafes, bakeries and restaurants with open fires and panoramic views.
Autumn Splendour – now is the time to visit Emerald Lake Park and enjoy the magnificent colours of Autumn. Make a family day out of it visiting the Emerald Museum, Model Railway Museum and a ride on the paddleboats, all located in the park.
What better way to kick-off PAVE 2019 than with Emerald’s biggest annual street festival, Funfest. Come and indulge in the festival atmosphere with your entire family and enjoy a stack of free entertainment and activities. Street performers, music and performance stages, workshops, kids activities, rides, street art, a diverse range of culinary delights and quality stalls, community activities and so much more. http://www.pave.org.au
Extinction at the Gem Theatre Mar 8 – Mar 23 This is a play about passion, ethics and what it means to live with the shadow of death (our own and other species). Does it matter if the tiger quoll’s days are numbered? Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life or is human intervention necessary? No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question, in the age of global warming, how are we to live? Buy tickets
There are lots of summer events to enjoy in the hills. Markets, musics, festivals and valentine dinners.
The 12.5k trail goes from Emerald to Gembrook and is truly unique. You’ll travel alongside Puffing Billy, take-in the magnificent Nobelius Heritage Gardens at Emerald Lake Park, the tall eucalypts and tree ferns in Wright Forest and the rolling hills and rich agricultural farmlands in Gembrook. Download Trail Maps
Cockatoo Country Market is on today from 8.30 – 1.30pm. Situated in the lush surrounds of Alma Treloar Reserve, this is a great market to pick-up some locally made goodies and enjoy a picnic with the family. While you’re there its worth a visit to the Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre and a visit to artisan producers Medita Chocolates & Chieftains Smokehouse located in McBride Street.
July Business Breakfast. July 20 at Bam Bam. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and network with other local business. Training and tips in Leveraging the Facebook Algorithm, Signage for Success, PLAN (Promote Local, Act, Network). https://www.trybooking.com/399629
The Eastern Dandenong Ranges boasts some of the best walks to explore. You can walk or ride the new Eastern Dandenong Ranges trail taking in views of open spaces, tall eucalypt forests, heritage gardens and patchwork farmland. The walk is 12.5kms in length starting from Emerald or Gembrook.