Belgrave is a major town located in the Dandenong Ranges, situated between Emerald and Ferntree Gully.
Belgrave is linked to Melbourne via the Burwood Highway. The final 500 metre section of this road is known as Main Street, tightly winding itself through the town's main commercial centre which is home to a selection of eateries, gift shops and the historic Cameo Cinema, all set against a forest backdrop. Ascend the ramp up to the Belgrave Town Park, on the north side of the main roundabout, for an elevated view over the town centre.
One of Belgrave's main attractions is the Puffing Billy steam train. It is the oldest operating steam locomotive in Australia, taking passengers on a picturesque journey through the deep forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. Passengers can enjoy a ride along any one of the track's sections, disembarking at either Menzies Creek, Emerald or Lakeside, or they can stay on board and complete the full 25 kilometre journey to Cockatoo and Gembrook. Lunch and dinner options including meals in the dining carriage are available. One of the best spots to view Puffing Billy on its journey is just over a kilometre east of Belgrave at the viewing area on Gembrook Road where a long wooden trestle bridge carries the railway line over the adjacent creek and roadway.
South of the town centre on Park Drive is Belgrave Lake Park which surrounds a small disused reservoir on Monbulk Creek. The park features walking tracks, BBQ facilities, a playground and grassy oval, set within a peaceful and heavily wooded environment.
At the neighbouring small community of Belgrave Heights, off Mt Morton Road, is the Birdsland Reserve. Monbulk Creek runs through this reserve which includes a system of lakes, wetlands, well maintained walking trails and picnic/BBQ facilities.
Following Mt Morton Road further south leads to the Baluk Willam Nature Conservation Reserve. It provides a valuable collection of local flora and adjoins the scenic Mount Morton Reserve.
Belgrave is a good base for exploring the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges National Park and the attractive nearby local communities of Kallista, Olinda and the highest peak in the ranges at Mount Dandenong.
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