• 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


Masons Falls Circuit is a 16km, grade 3 Circuit hike located in Kinglake National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4.5hrs to complete.


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.

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Total distance: 16180 m
Max elevation: 581 m
Min elevation: 269 m
Total climbing: 729 m
Total descent: -727 m
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14 thoughts on “Masons Falls Circuit (16km)

  1. 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!

  2. I did this hike on 20th January this year and learned a lot about walking in Australia. I am from Scotland and a week earlier was climbing our 10th highest mountain in -ve deg temperatures. The heat really took it out of me. However that said I managed the trail in just under three hours and was amazed at the scenery that I hiked through. There are some tough ascents, especially in the heat but this was a tremendous walk. The path is well marked and trodden so little chance of getting lost and filling you hat with water from the waterfall at the end was amazing and really refreshing