Kinglake National Park

Kinglake National Park

Kinglake National Park

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Kinglake National Park

Kinglake National Park includes the traditional Country of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. We’re proud to be joint management partners with Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation for part of this Aboriginal cultural landscape.

Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, a short drive from Melbourne. Enjoy scenic walks, thrilling mountain bike trails and picnics against the backdrop of panoramic views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.

The park is home to a variety of native birds. Keep an eye out for Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, lyrebirds, King Parrots and colourful rosellas. Go mountain biking at Bowden Spur. The diverse and technical downhill trail offers dirt jumps, rock gardens, bomb holes, flowing earth berms and large sections of off‐camber riding. Drive up to Mount Sugarloaf for panoramas out over Melbourne’s skyline.

Enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the surrounds of tall eucalypts before embarking on a short walk to Masons Falls. See water cascading over the sheer mudstone walls, which are fossilised sea beds.

The Gums Camping area is nestled among tall eucalyptus forest and by a tranquil mountain stream. Camp or bring your caravan or camper for a comfortable stay.

Things To Do

 
A man talks to his wife who is sitting on a camp chair as he exists his tent.

The Gums Camping

With great facilities in a delightful bush setting close to Melbourne, The Gums camping area is a popular base for relaxing and exploring the northern section of Kinglake National Park.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Masons Falls

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surrounds of Masons Falls Picnic Area. Set among towering gums, the large shelters and free gas barbecues make it the perfect place for a social gathering. The short waterfall walk is a real highlight.
Two downhill mountain bikers descend Bowden Hill in Kinglake National Park.

Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area

Experience the thrills of downhill mountain biking at Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area. Shepherds Track will challenge and delight the most seasoned mountain bike riders. With dirt jumps, rock gardens, flowing earth berms and off-camber riding, there's excitement at every twist and turn.
Two women walk through ferns along the Shelly Harris Track in Kinglake National Park.

Jehosaphat Gully

This pleasant open grassed picnic area is close to the township of Kinglake. Enjoy a picnic or take a walk through the regenerating forest on Lavers Circuit (length 850 metres). Facilities include free electric barbeques, picnic shelter, picnic tables and toilets.
Wombelano Falls in the Kinglake National Park

Wombelano Falls

Wander through tall eucalypt forest and lush gullies to the perfectly framed Wombelano Falls. Enjoy beautiful views from the lookout and spy the falls cascading 90 metres into the gully below.
Parks Victoria Ranger smiles at the camera

Frank Thomson Reserve

Frank Thomson Reserve, located at the highest point of the district between Kinglake Central and Kinglake on the Whittlesea‐Kinglake Road, offers views to the Melbourne city skyline. The carpark offers access to a picnic area with picnic tables.
A women walks through Kinglake National Park.

Mount Sugarloaf

Mt Sugarloaf is located at the end of Mt Sugarloaf Road and is accessible by car or via the Mt. Sugarloaf Ridge Walking Track. The summit offers spectacular views to Melbourne.

Kinglake National Park

Kinglake is home to many rare species that were once common in the Yarra Valley, now part of the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. The following species have all been identified as being 'significant' within Kinglake National Park.
Kangaroos
Koalas
Lyrebirds

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Kinglake National Park

When to go

Longer days and nicer weather allows more time to explore all that Kinglake National Park has to offer.
Due to the higher elevation of Kinglake National Park, it is a great place to escape the heat of summer. It is usually about 2 degrees cooler than the region's lower lying areas.

Camping and accommodation

With great facilities in a delightful bush setting close to Melbourne, The Gums camping area is a popular base for relaxing and exploring the northern section of Kinglake National Park.

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Need to know

Kinglake National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Kinglake National Park

    Boggy Creek Road in the Wombelano Block of Kinglake National Park closed to motor vehicle traffic

    Boggy Creek Road in the Wombelano Block of Kinglake National Park recently had significant roading works undertaken as part of the DELWP Reducing Bushfire Risk program. These works included a section of the road in the adjoining Mt Robertson State Forest. Following recent rain, the road surface has become slippery and unsafe for vehicle traffic. The closed section within the Park, is between Captains Creek Road and Perimeter Tk.  It will remain closed to motor vehicle traffic until the road surface is stable enough to allow for safe travel. Other road and track users should exercise reasonable caution when using Boggy Creek Rd. Motor vehicle access from the Eastern end of Candlebark Tk and Perimeter Tk will also be restricted by the closure

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

  • The Gums Campground (Kinglake National Park)

    Temporary park area and track closures due to flooding and storm damage

    The following areas or tracks in Kinglake National Park are currently closed to the public as a result of hazardous conditions caused by storm damage:

    The Gums Campground, including Cicada Circuit and Blackfish Way walking tracks
    Andrews Hill area, including Mountain Creek track, Andrews Hill track, Dusty Miller track and Stringybark track
    Burgan track
    Scentbark track
    Candlebark track

    Visitor Impacts:
    The tracks and areas listed above are closed to the public until hazards can be removed and the areas assessed as safe for the public to use. This work is currently underway, but will take time and some areas/tracks may remain closed until late October.

    Temporary park area and track closures due to flooding and storm damage

    The following areas or tracks in Kinglake National Park are currently closed to the public as a result of hazardous conditions caused by storm damage:

    The Gums Campground, including Cicada Circuit and Blackfish Way walking tracks
    Andrews Hill area, including Mountain Creek track, Andrews Hill track, Dusty Miller track and Stringybark track
    Burgan track
    Scentbark track
    Candlebark track

    Visitor Impacts:
    The tracks and areas listed above are closed to the public until hazards can be removed and the areas assessed as safe for the public to use. This work is currently underway, but will take time and some areas/tracks may remain closed until late October.

Kinglake National Park

2980 Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd
Kinglake VIC 3763
13 1963
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