The first thing you might notice about Kinglake is the lack of a lake.
The town was named after British historian Alexander William Kinglake, whose eight-volume history of the Crimean War had recently been completed.
Here you’ll find plenty of forest, farmland, Kinglake National Park and a strong community-driven township.
The Kinglake Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range, vary in height from 525 m - 610 m above sea level and many areas of Kinglake overlook the Melbourne skyline to the south-west and the Yarra Valley wineries to the south.
Bollygum Playground is a post-Black Saturday community project that helped establish and heal the community whilst assisting to bring visitors back to the township. Children love the playground with so much for kids of all ages to do. And the picnic facilities here are ideal for families and groups to enjoy.
Kinglake National Park is a popular local attraction and is the closest national park to Melbourne. It’s popular with weekend visitors for its day hike walking tracks and camping grounds. Several popular and beautiful picnic areas are available around the perimeter of the national park as well.
Another pleasant nearby camping and outdoor spot is the Murrindindi Nature Reserve, running between the township of Toolangi and almost all the way to Yea. Enter via the Melba Highway, 9 km south of Yea for the easiest access. The nature reserve allows campfires and contains several waterfalls that can be reached by way of the moderate to expert walking tracks.
Perfect for that weekend escape, why not stay in Kinglake and enjoy all that it has to offer. Visit our Yarra Valley Accommodation page to find accommodation that suits your needs.