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.
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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 ClosureThe Gums Campground is closed for winter from 13th July 2020 and will reopen on the 19th September 2020.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Lyrebird Cicuit closedLyrebird 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.