Bike Ride the Emerald to Cockatoo Trail:
Bike ride or walk along this great trail, ideal for families. A dog and pram friendly walk from Emerald Village to Cockatoo, with an option to continue another 8 kms or so to Gembrook.
Leaving from Emerald or Cockatoo, the trail follows the Puffing Billy Railway line for some of the way, passing through Emerald Park Lake. An undulating walk or ride through Wright’s Forest, crossing a few roads along the way.
- Parking is available in Emerald along Kilvington Drive, Emerald Park Lake (fees apply) or in Cockatoo
- Cafes in Emerald, Emerald Park Lake & Cockatoo
- Public toilets in Emerald, Emerald Park Lake and Cockatoo
- Picnic & BBQ facilities in Emerald by the playground on the corner of Kilvington Drive and Heroes Avenue and at Emerald Park Lake
- Public bus transport is available between villages, it could be an option to ride or walk one way, use public transport to return to collect a vehicle and then pick up bikes perhaps
- Walkers can also use Puffing Billy as an Option, the station in Cockatoo is not attended, but the train does stop and passengers may board. Check timetables and costs via the Puffing Billy website
Emerald to Cockatoo
- Distance Return: 12 kms
- Bike Ride: 2-3 Hours approximately
- Walking: 4-5 Hours approximately
- Easy > Moderate
From Emerald, the trail begins where the Puffing Billy Railway line crosses Kilvington Drive, behind the Gemco Players Community theatre. Yellow arrows are quite distinct and are easy to follow.
A short distance along the track, cross over the train tracks and follow the path to the left. Carefully cross over the Beaconsfield – Emerald Road and head down Crichton Road.
The yellow arrows and signage point off to the right, heading down into Emerald Park Lake. Pass through the main car parking area at the Lake and follow the main entry road around the lake to join the trail again.
Cross over Bellbird Crescent, turn right, and follow the road a short distance until the track starts again on the left, heading uphill and over the Puffing Billy Train line and into Wright forest and follow the arrows along Wright Track. The trail through the forest is gently undulating and has a good firm surface most of the time. It can be slippery when wet and on some loose gravel. Always use caution.
The trail comes out on Bailey Road in Cockatoo, close to the main street. Plenty of cafes and a small IGA in Cockatoo.
Starting at Kilvington Drive, Emerald, follow the track behind the Gemco Theatre and cross the train track, heading left from the other side. Cross over the Emerald-Beaconsfield Road and continue down…
Two options: Both about the same distance. Bike riders are advised to use the Nobelius Heritage Park track. A lovely section in Autumn with many deciduous trees, take time out to read some history along the way…
Emerald Park Lake, a popular destination for picnic, bbq’s and Puffing Billy. Peddle boats for hire, playground, cafe, toilets and outdoor swimming pool.
Ride on through woodlands and over a couple of bridges before crossing Bellbird Crescent. Turn right and follow the unmade road until the track begins again on the left… over the Puffing Billy Train track and turn right into Wright’s Forest.
Cruise through the forest, following the yellow arrows.Reasonably easy riding with a couple of inclines and downhill sections.
Cockatoo! A nice little village with plenty of places to eat and a super mural on McBrides street depicting yellow tail black cockatoos.
Return the same way, continue to Gembrook, catch a local bus or hop aboard Puffing Billy…