Kinglake National Park is situated on the Southern Slopes of the Great Dividing Range, north east of Melbourne. This 21600 hectare park is only 60 km from the Melbourne CBD. The park includes four distinct areas: Mason Falls, The Eastern Jehosaphat Gully, Wombelano Andres Hill and Wallaby Creek Catchment. The park is popular for day visits and there is a small camping ground which provides for longer stays. The main information centre is located at the Western Masons Falls. Kingslake national park was created in 1928.
Though the name misleadingly suggests the existence of a lake in the area, the park got its name from English Author of Crimean War history, Alexander William Kingslake and there is no lake at Kingslake. This park is famous for its natural fauna which includes Wallaby, Kangaroo, Echidna, wombat and possum.
Early European Settlement
The first settlers entered the area in search of Gold. The gold was found in 1861 at Mountain Creek , east of Kingslake township, which was later named as Mountain Rush, but the mine was closed two years later as miners moved to other locations. Shafts and diggings that are still lying around the park are a clean sign of its mining days. Soon Timber cutting replaced Gold mining but by the 1920’s timber cutting became uneconomical.
The different parts of the National park has different characteristics and has provision to cater different needs and activities of the visitors.
Masons Falls is one of the most popular areas in the park. Mason falls has a large car park and picnic area with amenities. The hiking trail is wide and clearly sign posted but he track is covered with slippery rocks and sand. From the car park there are several short walks like Lyrebird circuit Track, Mason fall walk, Boundary Track, Goodenia Track, Running Creek Track, Wallaby Trail and Sugarloaf Ridge Track These walks pass through a variety of vegetation. Mason creek picnic area has sheltered picnic tables and other amenities.
Blackwood Picnic Area
Located at the entrance to the Sugarloaf Block, has picnic tables and a free barbecue set in a grassy clearing.
Located at the end of Mt Sugarloaf Road, Mt Sugarloaf offers spectacular views to Melbourne and access to Sugarloaf Ridge walking track.
Frank Thomson Reserve
Frank Thomson Reserve is with its open grassland reserve saves as an ideal picnic ground. It is 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 gas barbecue and picnic tables.
Jehosaphat Gully which was named after the Biblical King Jehosaphat, the fourth King of the Kingdom of Judah, has a number of walking trails. Horse riding is permitted on certain tracks. The picnic area has tables, electrical BBQ’s and toilets. Enjoy a picnic or take a walk through the regenerating forest on Lavers Circuit (length 850 metres).
Wombelano – Andrews Hill
At Wombelano – Andrews Hill because of the dry conditions, there are less towering trees compared to other areas. The Gum camping area makes a convenient base for further exploration. The camping area provides for caravans.
The Gums Camping Area
Nestled in a bend of Island Creek and located off Eucalyptus Road, offers 18 campsites with five suitable for caravans. Bookings are required. Go to www.parks.vic.gov.au to book.
Island Creek Picnic area
Island Creek Picnic Area is a small and quiet picnic area nestled among tall manna gums with the tranquil sounds of Island Creek. Facilities include picnic tables, one fireplace and toilet facilities – ideal for families and small groups.
Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area
Opened in 2012, Bowden Spur Mountain Bike area is designed to delight mountain bike riders. The new 2km trail, named Shepherds, will delight and challenge experienced downhill mountain bike riders. The diverse technical downhill trail has a number of dirt jumps, rock gardens, bomb holes, flowing earth berms and large sections of off ‐ camber riding. The total drop along the length of the trail is 233 metres. The trail has the extremely difficult rating of Double Black Diamond. The Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area is located on Bowden Spur Road, approximately 200m from the intersection of the Kinglake ‐ Whittlesea Road in Kinglake Central.
Black Saturday Fires
Kingslake has a long history of Bushfires. In February 2009, 98% of the Kingslake National Park was burnt in fire, which was later known as the Black Saturday Fires. But the natural environment has made a remarkable recovery.
Kingslake National Park Details
Address: Kinglake West VIC 3757
Phone:13 19 63
The Visitor Centre
Kingslake National Park Visitor Centre is open from 9:00AM to 4:45PM
Mount Disappointment State Forest, Sugarloaf Reservoir Park, Toolangi State Forest/Murrundindi Reserve, Warrandyte State Park
Camping ( The Gums , Generators are not permitted in the camping area ), Horse Riding ( Horses are restricted to specific tracks), Walking , Picnic areas ( Island Creek, Masons Falls, Mt Sugar Loaf, Jehosaphat Gully, Touroorona Reservoir Park
How to get there
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.
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