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Gembrook - Hidden Gem is a real Treasure

Gembrook - Hidden Gem is a real Treasure
Gembrook - Hidden Gem is a real Treasure

AT FIRST GLANCE, THE HUMBLE TOWN OF GEMBROOK MAY SEEM LITTLE MORE THAN A QUAINT TOWN IN IDYLLIC SURROUNDS. HOWEVER, CLOSER INSPECTION REVEALS A CHARMING DESTINATION THAT HAS UNDERGONE SOMETHING OF A REVIVAL IN RECENT YEARS.

Originally established as a dairy farming, potato cropping, orchard and timber area, Gembrook got its name from the precious stones found in it’s waterways in the late 1800’s. These days, Gembrook is better known as the place to go for food, fun and a touch of old-world nostalgia.

Gembrook is less than half an hour from Pakenham by car, but within minutes of leaving the suburbs, you’ll find yourself surrounded by natural beauty. The road winds its way through the hills, shaded by graceful old gum trees, before sweeping past the rolling pastures that mark the Gembrook landscape. As well as cattle and the odd sheep or horse, you may spot a herd of farmed deer, or even a flock of ostriches. Rolling into the Main Street, you’ll find the hub of this boutique country town: a collection of new or gently restored shops, cafes and restaurants, with Puffing Billy station and the adjoining J.A.C. Russell park.

Families flock to the area to enjoy the historic railway, a delicious lunch at the popular Spencer’s Store, Hairy Dog café or Gembrook Bakery, and to breathe fresh air and get out amongst nature. There is plenty of opportunity to explore and get some exercise with playgrounds dotted around town; nearby Kurth Kiln reserve, with its historical buildings and bushland walking tracks, including the Shiprock Falls lookout & Bunyip State Park; and the newly installed walking track winding down from Gembrook to Emerald, which takes you past the picturesque potato fields, views of the Dandenong ranges, and alongside the Puffing Billy track. Stop in at Mapleridge farm gate and Fielderberry u-pick berry farm, both located on Belgrave- Gembrook Road towards Cockatoo, for fresh local treats.

Back in town, young and old alike will find wonder and delight at The Motorist Museum, home to a beautiful collection of old cars and vintage parts, traditional lolly shop and antiques store; CK Elements will give you a taste for Gembrook’s history with a demonstration of sieving for local gems, or wander up to the Gembrook market, held the fourth Sunday of the month, to find gorgeous handcrafted items and local fare, while the kids enjoy a pony ride. You’ll find Sue Jarvis Gallery nearby in Blackwood Lane that overlooks four hectares of spectacular gardens.

Opened in 2014 by renowned chef Mauro Callegari, The Independent restaurant and bar was the first in a series of exciting developments that have helped put Gembrook on the map. Serving up modern Argentinian cuisine in a rustic dining setting, The Independent has garnered significant attention from across the globe for its authentic and high-quality food. On Gembrook-Launching Place Road, the award-winning Forest Edge restaurant caters to weddings and functions as well as offering a la carte dining and wood-fired pizzas from Friday-Sunday. For a more casual dinner, there is Station House Pizzeria on the Main Street, with its delectable selection of rustic pizzas and Italian dishes; across the road, newly established tavern The Local has become an instant hit, serving up cold beers and simple yet delicious bar meals.

If all this is too much to absorb in a day-trip, Gembrook has a range of accommodation to suit your budget and taste. Signal Box B&B, Carinya Park, and Brilnybrook are just a few of the places you can stay while relaxing in this beautiful hills town. Or, bring your tent and camp out in Kurth Kiln reserve.

With so much to offer and only a stone’s throw from the suburbs, it’s no wonder Gembrook is fast becoming one of the most popular local tourist destinations. Be sure to amble over and discover all this little gem has waiting for you.

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THE INDEPENDENT GEMBROOK

THE INDEPENDENT GEMBROOK

A restaurant set in an old car garage offering modern Argentinian cuisine. Produce is sourced as local as possible, with wines predominantly from Victoria and Argentina. Dishes are served to the centre of the table consisting of tapas and larger dishes, including a selection of vegan options. OPEN : THU from 5.30pm - late, FRI - SUN 12pm – late The Independent will be closed Christmas Day and will reopen 12pm on Friday the 3rd of January, 2020.

79 Main Street, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 03 5968 1110

Email hola@theindependentgembrook.com.au

www.theindependentgembrook.com.au

GEMBROOK BAKERY

GEMBROOK BAKERY

A family run business that prides itself on its freshly baked bread, pastries and sweets.

2/83 Main St, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 03 5968 1144

Email gembrook.bakery01@gmail.com

FIELDERBERRY FARM

FIELDERBERRY FARM

If you’re in the area, you can’t miss Fielderberry Farm. You pick fresh thornless blackberries raspberries and blueberries, in season. Coffee, tea and light refreshments. Find picking times on Facebook and Instagram or call to find out.

11 Fielder Road, Cockatoo, VIC

Phone 0409 846 419

www.fielderberryfarm.com

Culture, art and discovery at your doorstep

THE LOCAL GEMBROOK

Gembrook’s latest hot spot puts the emphasis firmly on providing great pub fare, bringing things back to basics with a real home-made feel. A perfect spot for a group get together for a few pints and game of pool. 81 Main Street, Gembrook, VIC

www.facebook.com/thelocalgembrook/

Email info@thelocalgembrook.com.au

CK Elements

CK ELEMENTS

Stunning Gemstones, Jewellery and Unique Decorative Homewares. Featuring beautiful Local, Australian and International Gemstones, Artisan Goods, Crafts and Giftware.

70 Main Street, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 0400 341 021

www.facebook.com/CKElements

Email contact@ckelements.com.au

Puffing Billy Railway

PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY

Experience the magic of a day at Puffing Billy Railway. Start your journey at Lakeside Station, located in the beautiful Emerald Lake Park. Have your photo taken with the driver, take in the majestic scenery of the Dandenong Ranges, and feel the excitement as you cross four historical timber trestle bridges. Book online.

Emerald Lake Road, Emerald, VIC

Phone 03 9757 0700

www.puffingbilly.com.au

HAIRY DOG CAFÉ

HAIRY DOG CAFÉ

Let the aroma of freshly made coffee awaken your senses, whilst trying to decide from our menu of freshly cooked to order breakfast or lunch items. Maybe finish with a Lindt hot chocolate and one of the house made cakes. We have parking out the back, free Wi-Fi and wheelchair access

68 Main St, Gembrook, VIC 3783

Phone 0477 482 368

www.facebook.com/hairydogcafe/

THE MOTORIST COMPLEX

THE MOTORIST COMPLEX

You are invited to visit and share time with KERRY-Kids in a Lolly Shop with ice-creams, MICK-Pandoras Box Antiques and Collectables and David-Vintage Motoring Collection and Hire Cars. Open 12pm-3pm Thurs-Sun or anytime by arrangement.

77 Main Street, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 0411 465 098

www.themotorist.com.au

Email info@vintagefun.com.au

FOREST EDGE RESTAURANT

FOREST EDGE RESTAURANT

For an unforgettable wedding, function, special dinner or alfresco lunch Forest Edge is the perfect venue. Enjoy “Live Music” and wood-fire pizza every Sunday while taking in our spectacular views! Discover award-winning Forest Edge for yourself!

2905 Gembrook Launching Place Road, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 03 5967 7007

www.forestedge.com.au/restaurant/

SIGNAL BOX BED AND BREAKFAST RETREAT

SIGNAL BOX BED AND BREAKFAST RETREAT

Signal box is a short stay accommodation for couples. Perfect for attending weddings or celebrations in the area. 400m from Gembrook’s restaurants. 10m to walking/ bike trail. Wineries, Healesville and Warburton a convenient drive. watch the Puffing Billy train go past, scenery to restore your soul.

39 Station Rd, Gembrook, VIC

Phone 0407 681 680

www.signalboxbedandbreakfast.com.au


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