The Gums Campground


The Gums Campground

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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Nestled in a tranquil eucalypt forest next to a meandering mountain stream, The Gums Campground is ideal for families and small groups.

A destination for both rookies and seasoned campers, the small and popular campground contains 18 campsites, with five suitable for camper vans and caravans. Each site is clearly defined and separated by native vegetation, featuring shared picnic tables and wood fireplaces.

If you don't feel like cooking over the open fire at your campsite, there is also a free communal gas barbecue and picnic table near the toilet facilities.

From the campground, the Cicada Circuit offers a short walk through the tall eucalypts and dense ferns, hugging the bends of Island Creek.

Venture a little further along Blackfish Way to the Island Creek Picnic Area. Here, you can listen to the soothing sounds of the creek while relaxing and feasting with family and friends in the shade of tall manna gums.

Spot the many birds and mammals who call the regenerating forest home. Wallabies are known for surprising walkers, while lyrebirds are often scratching around for food in the new growth.

Visit nearby Wombelano and Mason Falls for scenic walks and stunning views, spend your days bushwalking, horse riding and cycling through the forest, or simply sit back and enjoy the effortless serenity at camp.

Things to do in the area

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.
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.

How to get there

The Gums Campground

Kinglake National Park is 65km north‐east of Melbourne. Access from Melbourne is by three main routes: the Melba Highway from Yarra Glen or Glenburn, the Heidelberg‐Kinglake Road from St Andrews and the Whittlesea ‐Yea Road from Whittlesea.

The Gums Camping Area is 10km north of the Kinglake township on the Glenburn/Eucalyptus Road. Glenburn Road runs off the main Whittlesea-Kinglake Road near the Kinglake Hotel. Alternatively, if you are travelling from Yea and Glenburn down the Melba Highway, turn off onto West Bridge Road and continue approximately 4km to The Gums.


When To Go

Camping & 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

The Gums Campground

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

    Temporary park area and track closures due to storm damage

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

    Andrews Hill Area - including Mountain Creek Track, Andrews Hill Track, Dusty Miller Track and Stringybark Track.

    Visitor impacts:
    The tracks/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 for some time.

  • 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.

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