Emerald, Victoria

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Emerald Lake
Emerald is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°55′59″S 145°26′13″E / 37.93306°S 145.43694°E / -37.93306; 145.43694Coordinates: 37°55′59″S 145°26′13″E / 37.93306°S 145.43694°E / -37.93306; 145.43694
Population5,778 (2016)[1]
 • Density284.6/km2 (737.2/sq mi)
Area20.3 km2 (7.8 sq mi)
State electorate(s)Gembrook
Federal Division(s)La Trobe
Suburbs around Emerald:
Kallista Monbulk Macclesfield Avonsleigh
Menzies Creek Emerald Cockatoo
Clematis Dewhurst Mount Burnett

Emerald is a suburb in the Greater Melbourne area of Victoria, Australia, 44 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shires of Cardinia and Yarra Ranges local government areas. Emerald recorded a population of 5,778 at the 2016 Census.

Emerald also includes Cardinia Reservoir, Melbourne's second largest reservoir.


The Emerald Post Office opened on 22 December 1899.[2]


Puffing Billy and Emerald Lake

Emerald is known for the Emerald Lake (Lake Treganowan). The lake offers barbecue facilities, children's playgrounds, a pool, paddle boats, walking tracks, fishing, Environment Centre, model railway, café and a railway station for the Puffing Billy Railway.

The Puffing Billy Railway is a heritage steam operated railway opened in 1900, which runs between Belgrave and Gembrook, now recreating the heyday in the 1920s of this narrow-gauge line. It has three stations within Emerald—at Emerald, Nobelius and Lakeside, with Nobelius only being a "Stops if required" station. Also, Nobelius Siding is located between Emerald and Nobelius stations which is only stopped at for functions, or the regular "Dinner Train" at the former Nobelius Nurseries Packing Shed adjacent to the siding.

Other attractions

The areas around Emerald are excellent for finding chanterelles and other edible mushrooms, and are a popular destination for mushroom hunters each autumn. There is also an Emerald and District museum set in the Nobelius Heritage Park. It adjoins Emerald Lake Park.


Emerald FunFest

FunFest is a day-long family street party event which kicks off the PAVE Festival which runs annually for 7–10 days in April. On FunFest day there are road closures on the northern part of Kilvington Drive, all of Puffing Billy Place and the western part of Heroes Avenue, to prevent motor vehicle traffic entering, allowing many stalls to be established and enjoyed by the thousands of local residents and visitors that attend the event. FunFest has a great community feel with stalls, music, dance and plenty of free entertainment for all ages. The FunFest was preceded for many years by the Emerald WinterFest which was held annually in July.

Great Train Race

The Great Train Race (GTR) is an annual fun run from Belgrave to Emerald Lake in which participants attempt to beat Puffing Billy to the finish line and is organised by volunteers of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society.

The route from Belgrave to Emerald Lake which participants run is 13.2 km long, and in 2006 had 2,403 participants in the 25th Great Train Race. Participants of the GTR may win prizes; The first Male and Female runners of the 2007 GTR held on 6 May received a return flight to Antarctica as well as a unique Great Train Race trophy. For details on the Great Train Race, visit Great Train Race.

PAVE Arts Festival

The PAVE Festival is the largest festival in the Dandenong Ranges and Cardinia Shire, running over 7–10 days and incorporating all forms of the Arts. PAVE stands for "Performing And Visual arts in Emerald", which is an Annual Festival which takes place every year in Mid April, having started in 2006.[3] The festival includes a number of activities taking place at different locations around Emerald over a number of days. Such activities include the Emerald Arts Society art exhibition at the Environment Centre at Emerald Lake, a burlesque dance and circus performance, the popular "Women in Song" featuring 4 female singer songwriters, live Comedy, a photography exhibition, an exhibition and demonstration of local art courses and lessons, The Emerald FunFest, Literary events such as Poet's Breakfast, Yarn Event and Golden Cow Literary night, Voice concert, classical performance by Dandenong Ranges Orchestra, Storytelling, Open Gardens, a historic tour of Emerald and top quality live music. The 2011 festival featured Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, The Ska Vendors and Kerri Simpson, Lloyd Speigel, Lily and King.[4]


Other events

For many years, Emerald had an annual Carols by Candlelight at Worrell Reserve. However, it ceased to run in 2009 due to insurance issues. It moved instead to a smaller version at St. Mark's Church.

Cardinia Reservoir

Cardinia Reservoir is situated entirely in Emerald, Victoria. It is south of the main township and the southern border of the suburb follows the Reservoir Boundary.[5] It is the second largest reservoir in Melbourne's water supply.

Cardinia Reservoir Park

On the Southern side of the Reservoir there is a large park run by Parks Victoria. Facilities include barbecues and toilets and is open every day of the year. The park is home to many species of wildlife including Kangaroos, Wombats and Possums. It is even possible to walk across one of the dam walls at the park.[6] Despite being predominately located in the suburb of Emerald, the entrance to the park is approximately 10 minutes drive out of Emerald in Narre Warren East.

Cardina Reservoir is the designated place to hold water when the Desalination plant is operating. There is a pipe running between Wongthaggi and Cardina Reservoir to make this possible.


Emerald has a Kindergarten and a Pre School,[7] Emerald Primary School (with roughly 400 students) which serves the local area[8] and a secondary school, Emerald Secondary College which serves the Southern Dandenong Ranges region.[9] Emerald has its own library at Worrell Reserve as part of the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation.

The Emerald Community House runs adult education, pre-accredited ACFE training courses and hobby courses. There are also childcare programs, out of school hours care and children's extension programs and disability services. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is located in U3A House, 402 Main Street.

Emergency services

Emerald has a part-time Police Station, a full-time Ambulance Station as well as a volunteer CFA Brigade and SES Unit. The Emerald Fire Brigade is located on Emerald-Monbulk Road near the roundabout of Belgrave-Gembrook Road, and attends approximately 190 Emergency Incidents per year. The Brigade trains on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and new members are always welcome.

The Emerald Volunteer State Emergency Service Unit is located on Old Gembrook Road near the Corner of Sherriff Road. It attends several hundred storm and wind damage incidents every year and also attends 20–30 road accidents a year for rescue purposes using such tools as the jaws of life. The Unit trains on Monday evenings and new members are very welcome to join.


Emerald's population as of the 2006 Census was 6,135 (a decrease of 9 from the 2001 census), (3,050 male, 3,085 female), 4,662 people were aged 15 years and over (2,280 male, 2,382 female) and 460 were aged 65 years and over (200 male, 260 female).

According to the 2001 Census, 17 people identified themselves as indigenous persons (comprises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander).

5,461 are Australian Citizens, while 4,770 people were identified as having been born in Australia. 1,365 were born overseas. 5,608 people speak English alone.

Sport and recreation

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League[10] and a basketball team competing in the Knox Amateur Basketball Association.[11]

Golfers play at the course of the Emerald Golf and Country Resort on Lakeside Drive.[12]

Emerald is also home to an All Star Cheerleading and Dance School where the local children compete statewide and nationally.

'Emerald City School of Dance' have dance classes for children and adults. Classes are held at the Emerald Community House.

Emerald Cricket Club celebrated its 125-year anniversary in 2018.

Retailers in Emerald

Emerald has many retailers consisting of small specialty shops such as Emerald Custom Framing, Tinkars Corner and Resale Therapy as well as a Ritchies IGA supermarket and Woolworths supermarket and local take-aways such as The Chookery, Bill's fish and chips and Effie's fish and chips.


Local media

Emerald receives standard Melbourne Television and radio broadcasts. However Emerald also has its own local radio station 3MDR, located in the Emerald Hall.[13] 3MDR broadcasts are aimed at the Dandenong Ranges region with Volunteer staff and announcers.

The two local newspapers are the Ranges Trader Mail[14] and the Free Press Leader.[15] However neither paper is actually published in Emerald.

The monthly Signpost magazine [16] is also published in Emerald.

Television dramas set in Emerald

Solo One was a TV series screened in 1976 set in Emerald, about a local (fictional) policeman dealing with crime in Emerald.

Filming of A Country Practice in the fictional town of Wandin Valley was moved to Emerald when the show moved to Network Ten for one series in 1994.

Filming for the ABC children's drama Come Midnight Monday was effected in and around Emerald, Belgrave & Cockatoo, depicting the fictional country town of Widgery.

Notable people

Current AFL players, Kade Simpson, who plays for the Carlton Football Club and Matthew Lobbe, who plays for the Port Adelaide Football Club, grew up in Emerald.

Red Symons was a resident of Emerald and attended Emerald Primary School.

Alfred Gregory, the mountaineer, explorer and professional photographer, who was a member of the successful British team that made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, lived his last 15 years in Emerald, dying on 9 February 2010.

Round-the-world solo teenage sailor Jesse Martin grew up in Emerald.

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Emerald (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  3. ^ BCL Guide to What's on in Melbourne. Accessed 9 January 2009
  4. ^ PAVE Website. Accessed 9 January 2009
  5. ^ Melway Street Directory, Edition 35, Page 126-127-210-211-311-313
  6. ^ "Cardinia Reservoir Park, Parks Victoria. Accessed 9 January 2009". Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Cardinia Shire Council - Kindergartens". Archived from the original on 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-21.
  8. ^ "Emerald Primary School". Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Emerald Secondary College". Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  10. ^ Full Points Footy. "Emerald". Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  11. ^ "Emerald Lakers". Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  12. ^ Golf Select. "Emerald". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  13. ^ About 3MDR. Accessed 29 November 2008
  14. ^ Ranges Trader Mail. Accessed 29 November 2008
  15. ^ "Leader Newspapers Victoria. Accessed 29 November 2008". Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  16. ^ Cardinia Shire Directory. 25 June 2009

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