• Length: 16km

  • Duration: 4.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Masons Falls Picnic Area

  • End: Masons Falls Picnic Area

  • Closest Town: Kinglake

  • Location: Kinglake National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 65km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.492991

  • Longitude: 145.250873


This Masons Falls Circuit is a pleasant hike through the regenerating bush that clearly shows the impact of the Kinglake fires. There are large parts of the track that did seem to escape the tragic fires. Plus the Masons Falls are quite spectacular, and worth the visit.

This version starts at Masons Falls Picnic Area. Take the marked trail to the falls, only a short disctance away. After viewing that, follow the trail to Running Creek. It will then follow this before climbing very steeply up Mt Sugarloaf. At the junction with the Sugarloaf Ridge Track you can turn right to follow the trail to the top. The top is a good place for a lunch break.

Then retrace your steps to the junction, but continue down Sugarloaf Track to the first car park at the entrance. This version of the trail took Wallaby Track to rejoin the falls track to then return to the car park. But you can elect to take Boundary Track.

Getting There

Make your way to Whittlesea, then along Yea Road for approx 13km to Kinglake West. Turn right along the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road and follow it for 4km or so. Then turn right (south) on National Park Road (should be signposted to Masons Falls) and drive roughly 4km to the park entrance. Turn right and follow the road to Masons Falls Picnic area.


The hike can be started from either the car park at the main entrance, or from the top of Mt Sugarloaf.


Total distance: 16180 m
Max elevation: 581 m
Min elevation: 269 m
Total climbing: 729 m
Total descent: -727 m




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13 thoughts on “Masons Falls Circuit (16km)

  1. Robert Marcak

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  2. Joshua Gerrard Atherton this the place you were talking about?

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    1. Nah, but it’s close

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  3. Ryan Payne this is a good site. It has some good hikes on it ?

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  4. What a great little circuit

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  5. This is a great circuit! You’ll need at least a moderate level of fitness as there’s some steep climbs. Great waterfall!

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  6. Did the circuit over the weekend. Very nice but not an easy one. The climb from Running Creek up to Mount Sugarloaf was the hardest part. There was a few fallen trees but nothing to worry about. Thanks for the above notes, great stuff!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the hike and found the info on my site useful

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  7. Helen Panayi This looks good!

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  8. Lara Cowan have you heard of this hike? It sounds good. I’d be keen to do it at some stage 😊

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    1. Been thinking about walks over the holidays, thanks

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  9. Just did that trail OMG the waterfall is beautiful. I almost lose my lung at the climb from Running Creek up to Mount Sugarloaf. Phew. However, apart from that part a great trail 😀

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  10. Janeta Marton we should do this!!

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