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Masons Falls

Kinglake National Park

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.
Your family and friends will love this large, open picnic ground at Kinglake National Park, not far from Melbourne. Masons Falls Picnic Area has all the amenities you will need for an enjoyable picnic, including barbecues, tables, shelters and toilets.

Explore the forest and fern gullies on a variety of short walks that start at the picnic area. Combine some of these short walks to create a longer day walk. 

Walk slowly and quietly for the best chance of seeing some of the park's animal inhabitants including many species of birds, reptiles and insects. Stop to look up at the towering trees and down at the lichens, ferns and fungi near the forest floor and soak up the therapeutic feeling of "forest bathing".

Follow the Masons Falls Walk for 700m to the waterfall lookout platform, where you can watch streams of water cascade down the rock shelves into the gully below. The high drop waterfall is particularly impressive after recent rain.

Go for a stroll along the Lyrebird Circuit Walk, which is 500m long and specifically designed for people with limited mobility. The shady trail winds its way around some of the park's oldest trees.

Set off on the more challenging 7.8km Running Creek Walk. As you pass through shaded fern gullies and drier ridges, see how the native bush has regenerated after the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. Listen for Superb Lyrebirds and keep an eye out for wallabies.

Things to do in the area

 
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.
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.
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.

How to get there

Masons Falls

Masons Falls Picnic Area is in Kinglake National Park near Kinglake West, 65km north‐east of Melbourne. Take Whittleasea-Yea Road from Whittlesea or Flowerdale, Heidelberg-Kinglake Road from St Andrews, Melba Highway from Yarra Glen, or the Goulburn Highway from Northern Victoria. Access to the Picnic Area is via Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, followed by National Park Road and Masons Falls Road.

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Masons Falls

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.

  • The Gums Camping Area (Kinglake National Park)

    The Gums Campground Winter Closure

    The Gums Campground is closed for winter from 13th July 2020 and will reopen on the 19th September 2020.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Lyrebird Cicuit closed

    Lyrebird Circuit walking track at Masons Falls Picnic Area is currently closed due to risk of tree fall along the track. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Partial closure due to COVID-19

    Under the direction of the Chief Health Officer and in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services’ requirements, this park is open to local residents in regional Victoria. You can use this park for walking, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking or yoga so long as it is closest to your home. While exercising with a person outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from them and others. Some parts of this park are closed  to reduce the number of people moving around in the community and reduce the risk of transmission. For more information, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid-19

    Seasonal road closures 2020

    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. View the list of 2020 seasonal road closures for details and check the corresponding map numbers with the seasonal road closure 2020 index map for locations of the closures or visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

Similar Experiences

 
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.
Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Sherbrooke Falls

Tracks leading from Sherbrooke and O’Donohue Picnic Ground provide the easiest walk to the falls through the attractive landscape of tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns. The falls are most inspiring after rain when the swollen Sherbrooke Creek rushes over the rocks.
A couple stand and admire Sheoak Falls near Lorne in the Great Otway National Park.

Sheoak Falls

The Sheoak Falls Walk weaves its way from the coastal woodland at the mouth of the Sheoak Creek and through wet forest to the hidden cascades of Sheoak Falls.
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