Things to do
in the Ranges
With a population of 3000 the Kinglake Ranges is only 65 km north of Melbourne and a perfect location for day trips or short getaways. Home to the stunning Kinglake National Park that lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.
Enjoy camping, bushwalking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding or just enjoy the sights and sounds with unique accommodation options, great food and country hospitality.
Experience Kinglake National Park is a popular local attraction and is the closest national park to Melbourne. It has walking tracks for day hikes and camping grounds for overnight stays. The park has something to offer all year round - a cool escape from the heat of summer, wildflower displays in spring and the damp tranquillity of winter, when the lyrebird calls are most often heard. Enjoy Several popular and beautiful picnic areas are available around the perimeter of the national park., a short walk to a waterfall or try a more challenging day walk through wet fern gullies and the regenerating forest, part of the natural cycle after a fire. The park is also a great place for camping, horse riding, bird watching, nature study and mountain bike riding.
Murrindindi Scenic Nature Reserve
Situated at the northern end of the Toolangi State Forest, the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve provides excellent opportunities for recreational activities such as camping, bushwalking, picnicking, fishing and mountain biking. The Murrindindi River is suitable for bathing and paddling, but is generally not deep enough for swimming or canoeing. The Murrindindi Scenic Reserve comprises 815 hectares of mixed species forest, which includes waterfalls, tree fern gullies and an abundance of birds and mammals.
An extensive network of walking tracks includes both short, gentle walks and longer more arduous walks. Choose a track that’s just right for you. Walk to the waterfalls or Mount Sugarloaf, or enjoy one of the many secluded tracks winding their way through ferny gullies
The Gums Camping Area has 18 sites nestled among the regenerating forest understorey, close to the Island Creek. This is a popular base for relaxing or exploring the park on foot. Camping fees apply throughout the year and bookings are essential. Bookings can be made online at www.parks.vic.gov.au or by calling Parks Victoria on 13 196
Mountain Bike Riding
Downhill mountain bike enthusiasts can enjoy the Bowden Spur Downhill Mountain Bike Area. Designed for experienced riders, the trail includes a range of challenging features such as dirt jumps, rock gardens, flowing earth berms and large sections of off-camber riding
Kinglake Ranges Heritage Trail
The Heritage Trail includes the following......
Displays the history of the district in text and photographs to inform local residents and visitors.
Children in the local schools and new families to the area are able to learn about their district and the pioneers who built this district, that are acknowledged. All residents and visitors are able increase their knowledge of the heritage of their local area, a heritage to be proud of.
Displays the work of local artists and crafts persons in a different setting and show the talent of local people.
Links the east and west sections of the district as part of one community with a common history and with work from artists from all parts of the district.
Involves local residents in the work of establishing and helping to maintain the walk with the mosaics and other art work from the primary schools and teenagers, also contributions from local crafts persons, photographers, builders, etc. are part of the trail. It is a local production.
Highlights local flora and fauna and encourage Kinglake residents and visitors to cycle or walk and enjoy the local scenery. The Mums Pram Stroll have more to see, and other groups come out and walk the track.
Encourages tourists to come to the area and spend time here - walking or cycling in the environment, learning the history, admiring the art work and visiting other places of interest and businesses in the area. They can take the easy way - east to west, mainly downhill, or rise to the challenge of west to east, practically all uphill. Choose to do it all or take a section at a time and then wander off for coffee, pick your own fruit at local farms, visit to the National Park or explore the local businesses.
Top 5 Walking Trails
Masons Falls Walk Grade: Easy 500m, 15 minutes one way This track leaves Masons Falls Picnic Area and follows Running Creek. The walk leads down to a viewing platform with scenic views of Masons Falls and the gorge downstream. Walkers only.
Sugarloaf Ridge Track Grade: Easy -Moderate 3km, 45 minutes to 1 hour one way This gently undulating track follows the ridge to Mount Sugarloaf with views of the Melbourne skyline. Look out for the giant wombat tracks crossing the road. If you feel you are being watched, you may well be - the rare Powerful Owl has been seen roosting along this ridge. Walkers only.
Running Creek Track Grade: Moderate 7.8km, 3 hours This track runs between the Masons Falls viewing platform and Mt Sugarloaf Road. Vegetation varies from cool shaded fern gullies to drier ridges with colourful heathy understoreys. The damp gully habitat of Running Creek is ideal for Lyrebirds and Water-Rats. There are some steep sections. Walkers and cyclists only.
Wombelano Falls Grade: easy -moderate 1.5km circuit, 20 minutes This circuit commences at the Wombelano Falls car park. The walking track descends to the waterfall viewing platform; then slowly ascends via a return circuit to the car park. The forest of old growth and regrowth Mountain Grey Gum, Peppermint and Messmate was first reserved in the 1920’s. Lyrebirds forage amongst the forest floor whilst Sugar and Greater Gliders enjoy the hollows found in the old Growth trees.
Mt Everard circuit; Everard track-Bundy track-Old Kinglake road Grade: moderate 12km circuit, 3 hours. This circuit commences at the water tank and car park at the junction of the Kinglake–Heidelberg rd, Old Kinglake road and Everard Track. The track heads south along the Everard track over the unfortunately named Mt Beggary. Great views follow you all the way to Mt Everard, named after one of the early Kinglake National Park benefactors. Heading east down the steep Bundy track, will bring you out to Old Kinglake road. On a gradual, uphill grade, Old Kinglake road gently brings the walker back to the car park on the Kinglake- Heidelberg road.