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Cockatoo is one of the suburbs located in the Dandenong Ranges, and a popular attraction thanks to its many places of interest.

The suburb was initially known as Cockatoo Creek during its very early settlement in the late 19th century.

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The most popular occupation at the time was gold prospecting in search of new deposits. Making timber was also a common activity since the suburb’s station was a key point for timber loading and sawmill activity in the area. Fast forward to the mid-20th century and the arrival of Italian farmers marked a new beginning in the region’s economic landscape. The result was increased production of strawberries, onions and potatoes, thanks to the fertile soils.

These economic activities busied the railway line from Gembrook to Upper Ferntree Gully in the delivery of fresh produce loaded at Cockatoo station. The railway was closed in the 1950s before re-opening its doors to the public as the iconic Puffing Billy Railway.

Wright Forest is a must visit attraction for nature lovers whilst in Cockatoo. The expansive forest is located on a 161-hectare reserve that boasts great biodiversity. The forest is home to different species, most notably the wombats and the brushtail possum. There are also several walking tracks on location, the perfect way to discover the forest’s delights.

The Cockatoo Memorial Fire Information Centre is yet another key location in the suburb. Here, visitors learn about the devastating fire of 1983 when the Ash Wednesday bushfires wreaked havoc in the town, destroying hundreds of buildings and losing the lives of many residents.

Today, Cockatoo is a bustling town whose variety of community services and social groups has helped develop a close-knit society with the added charm of its bush background.

There are two accommodation options in Cockatoo, Rain Hill Retreat and Cockatoo Cottages. Emerald and Gembrook also have some options that are located nearby. Click the link below to browse the accommodation options in and around Cockatoo.

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