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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 Mount 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.
About the region
Kinglake National Park includes the traditional Country of the Taungurung and Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. We’re proud to be joint management partners with Taungurung Land and Waters Council Aboriginal Corporation for part of this Aboriginal cultural landscape.
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 Mount Sugarloaf.
Max elevation: 581 m
Min elevation: 269 m
Total climbing: 729 m
Total descent: -727 m