COME BY CAR, TRAIN OR BUS,
BUT DO VISIT US -
GEMBROOK IS BEAUTIFUL.
GEMBROOK IS A LOVELY VILLAGE.
CHECK OUT THIS SITE AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.
Places to see; places to eat; pictures; descriptions; maps; accommodation lists and more.
THE GEM OF THE DANDENONGS
THIS WEBSITE AND DRAWINGS ARE BY LEO BUCKLEY, A LOCAL ARTIST.
To contact Leo for information,
or to place your local interest on this website at no charge.
CLICK THE LION LOGO TO SEE THE LEOART GALLERY OF ARTWORK
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ALSO SEE BELOW FOR A NEW MARKET FEATURE
THE RED HIGHLIGHTS
FOR A PICTURE , MORE DESCRIPTION and WEBSITES.
Gembrook, end of the line for Puffing Billy
and the gateway to the bush country.
This is where the famous Puffing Billy engine made its first appearance way back in 1900
and there are still parts of Gembrook which reflect this time of pioneering loggers, enterprising farmers and ambitious miners.
The New Puffing Billy Station is built in a beautiful situation and in the traditional style.
You can choose from a wide selection of suitable gifts and souvenirs whilst enjoying something from the small refreshment bar.
Just up the line you can see the small Original Puffing Billy Station.
Alongside the new Puffing Billy Station is the site of the Gembrook monthly market. (More about the market below)
Many of the buildings in Gembrook are the original structures which were populated and enjoyed by the people of those days.
Opposite to the Puffing Billy Station, the old
(now called The Ranges Hotel and Motel)
has seen many a boisterous time.
Here the men of the community - the logging, farming and mining fraternity - found time to relax.
Simply enter this old building for a drink or a meal to feel the genuine atmosphere of the vintage township
and hear the echoes of its history.
At the moment the building is closed for some repairs, but will be re-opening shortly.
Close nearby, on the corner of the delightful Avenue of Honour,
is the Old Curiosity Shop
(UNFORTUNATELY, CLOSED AT THE MOMENT)
where you can browse, without interruption, on antiques and items of interest from all over.
Whilst you are on the corner, check out whether the sign is on display
inviting you to stroll down the Avenue of Honour.
just a few steps and visit the
Gembrook Craft Group cottage.
A small group of enthusiastic, talented and creative people have their wares on display for you to admire (and, hopefully, purchase)
Return to the main street and visit the
Enjoy some time looking at vintage cars in various stages of restoration; a fascinating place to visit.
At last we have our own Op-Shop.
Run by locals for locals.
Look around for something you fancy.
Be generous and donate your own gift to the community;
some small item which you don't use may be just what someone else is looking for.
All profits go to local organizations.
Newly opened, you cannot pass
without a fascinated glance at the Menu; unique and delicious.
A restaurant and bar restored from an older building into a smart and modern establishment,
here you can enjoy a lunch, an evening meal or maybe just a drink in pleasant company.
Don't forget you can CLICK THE RED HEADINGS for pictures and details.
Animal lovers will be delighted to see that Gembrook boasts
its own Veterinary Surgery.
At Gembrook Veterinary Clinic you might see anything from a lamb to a llama;
a country Veterinarian Doctor has to deal with the most astonishing variety of animals.
Compassion, Care, Knowledge and Experience are here in abundance; the touchstone of all pet lovers and local pet owners.
Just down the street, check out the small Shopping Precinct.
The precinct has an IGA supermarket and bottle shop -
A good place to buy some stuff to take home, or to your caravan or motel, for a later meal.
Or, maybe, just a few bits to munch on the way home
In the same area you will find a bakery and an Indian Restaurant and take-away
At Gembrook Bakery you will find the quality produce which you would expect from a country bakery.
Sit outside and enjoy food which could only have come from a home-baking, local baker.
The small Indian Restaurant and Takeaway is truly a real find.
A meal from this place is a great enjoyment with genuine flavours and nuances
produced by Indian Chefs who are proud to present their cultural foods for your pleasure.
It's the real thing !!
A short distance further is
hairdressing and beauty salon BELVEDERE.
Maybe not for the day-trip visitor but for the people of Gembrook an asset indeed.
Local care by a caring local.
Why travel elsewhere when this salon is so much closer to home?
Walk towards the other end of the village and you will pass
where you will find the most delightful and unique cottages for B&B or longer stays.
Click on this website www.gembrookcottages.com.au to see images of the dreamy cottage interiors.
At the front of Gembrook Cottages, if you fancy a coffee, why not drop in at
Here is a cheerful little cafe where you can relax for five and have a snack or a cuppa.
Small it may be, but big on smiles, service and quality.
Coffee is the specialty of the house, but there is much more on offer.
Once a vintage pottery it retains its decorum of a relaxed and creative atmosphere
even though it is many years since the ancient craft was practiced here.
New owners have transformed this beautiful old building to renewed life and warmth.
Unfortunately I cannot supply further details as I am awaiting a response to my request for information.
A little further on,
at the next junction you can watch the
children have enormous fun in the large
Built by the local people this a safe and fun area with a family barbeque, so bring your stuff and enjoy.
Whilst at this end of town, if art is your thing, you really must see the Studio and Gallery of Sue Jarvis.
This talented and award-winning artist has her work on display within easy reach of where you are.
The gallery is in a beautiful setting and is truly worth your visit.
It is just down the Gembrook-Pakenham Road, so check the map for the exact location.
Meanwhile, back down Launching Place Road for half a kilometer would bring you to the small studio of Leo Buckley.
This English artist came to Gembrook to retire from international acclaim and now works quietly in his small untidy studio.
It is not a selling gallery but he can be persuaded easily to open his doors for a chat and to show you his work.
Coming back towards the Puffing Billy Station you pass
Gembrook Post Office.
Built in the traditional style, this modern business offers all the usual services plus gifts and other items of interest for you to browse..
A pace or two from the Post Office you can see one of the oldest buildings in Gembrook.
This ancient building has been modernised for comfortable, fully equipped eating places,
But it still retains an old beauty which can be seen at a glance from its exterior structure; and a history as interesting as any you will find in Australia.
Even more importantly, if you are fussy about your pizzas, you will not regret trying one from
"Little Gem Pizza Cafe"
where you will find, arguably, the best one you have ever had.
To stay in the Pizza business in Gembrook, with its Italian heritage you just HAVE to be good!!
The cafe has not been open for some time. I will keep this site up to date should it reopen
If pizza is not your choice, try the fish and chip shop next door. Cooked while you watch - fresh. hot and crisp.
Cross the lane and you are in J.A.C.Russell Park and adjacent to the re-created station for Puffing Billy.
With luck, Puffing Billy will be there and you can relive the sounds, smell and excitement of the steam engine in all of its majesty.
Wander around the area to find art galleries, craft shops and many
other interesting places.
Come on a the Fourth Sunday of the Month and visit Gembrook's unique market.
A NEW FEATURE RECENTLY ADDED TO THE MARKET IS
THE VERY NOVEL
BRING ALONG YOUR UNWANTED ITEMS AND LEAVE THEM FOR OTHERS TO PICK UP.
FIND SOMETHING THERE FOR YOURSELF ALSO... AND IT'S ALL FREE!!
Surrounding Gembrook is a wide range of places to visit.
If you are driving, take a look at
Kiln and learn of its history.
If you like walking, check the maps for a variety of natural forest walks.
Whatever your pleasure, look for it in Gembrook.
Eating places, beautiful walks and lots and lots of history.
Add to this the exciting arrival of the fabulous Puffing Billy Engine and train and you will have had a visit to remember.
Throughout the whole district there are places which offer accommodation and good food at the same time as taking you into their interesting past.
Many of these places have been renovated to give you the best facilities
and there are many new and recently built buildings offering a wide range and variety of places to stay.
As well as fully serviced accommodations there are cottages with do-it-yourself
facilities and many bed-and-breakfast places in the immediate district.
Check on the accommodation page in the website or, probably right up to date. use gembrookvillage.com
No need to worry about fuel or other motoring matters.
Gembrook Motors is a long established RACV garage with a good reputation for non-fluctuating petrol prices as well as quality service and repairs.
Closed from noon on Saturdays and on Sundays and public holidays
Click on HERE to find the maps, SEE DRAWINGS of some of the beautiful places and wildlife as drawn by artist Leo Buckley.
DON'T FORGET THAT ALL OF THE RED HIGHLIGHTED PLACES ON THIS PAGE,
WILL CLICK OPEN ANY NUMBER OF DRAWINGS FOR YOU TO ENJOY.
A touch of a button will enlarge these drawings for a better look; or perhaps even to grab a FREE print!
THE SAME GOES FOR ALL OF THE PLACES SHOWN ON THE MAPS.
NOW. PLEASE ENJOY GEMBROOK
CLICK FOR LOCATION MAPS
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