Kinglake National Park
Address: Heidelberg-Kinglake Rd, Kinglake, Victoria 3763
Freecall: 131 963
Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park 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.
This is a good spot, not far from Melbourne, to go camping, enjoy a bushwalk or have a picnic.
Since the intense 2009 fires in Kinglake National Park, many plants adapted to fire are flourishing. In spring, keep an eye out for wildflowers in bloom, while winter is a good time to discover fungi, mosses and lichens.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Content: Parks Victoria
Mount Sugarloaf section: National Park Road, Pheasant Creek (Melway KeyMap: 10). Everard section: Kinglake-Healesville Road (Mt Slide Road), Kinglake (Melway KeyMap: 10).
Wombelano section: Glenburn-Eucalyptus Road, Kinglake, and Extons Road, Kinglake Central (Melway KeyMap: 10).
Additional business information
The Great Dividing Range was the boundary between the Wurundjeri people to the south and the Taunerong people to the north. Aboriginal people had an intimate knowledge of the geography, flora and fauna of the country. European settlers entered the Kinglake area in the hope of striking it rich. Shafts and diggings around the park are evidence of the gold mining days, but the gold fields were not very rich and soon timber cutting replaced mining in importance. By the 1920s the accessible timber supply was running out and potatoes and berry fruits became the principal products. Agriculture brought large-scale clearing - seen by several prominent local people as a threat to the natural values of the area - so Kinglake National Park was created in 1928. Kinglake was popular for picnics, honeymoons and other outings in the 1920s and 30s. (The area was named after the celebrated English author and lawyer, Alexander William Kinglake). Since then the park has grown through land donations and acquisitions.
Looking After the Park
* All plants and animals are protected. Please do not disturb or remove them. * Please do not feed the birds or any wildlife. * Dogs are allowed only at Frank Thompson Reserve. * No firearms are allowed. * Fires are to be lit in fireplaces only. * Horses are restricted to specific tracks. * Generators are not permitted in the camping ground. * If Fishing obtain a Recreational Fishing Licence and a Recreational Fishing Guide
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