The first thing you need to know about Kinglake - there is no lake! Kinglake was actually named after British historian Alexander William Kinglake, whose eight-volume history of the Crimean War had recently been completed. Kinglake is comprised of forest, farmland, a 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 community whist assisting to bring visitors back to the township. It's a wonderful playground with so much for the kids, of all ages, to do. Picnic facilities are here to so the whole family can sit and realx and enjoy the town.
Kinglake National Park is a popular local attraction and is the closest national park to Melbourne. It has walking tracks for day hikes and camping grounds for overnight stays. Several popular and beautiful picnic areas are available around the perimeter of the national park.
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. Recommended means of entrance is via the Melba Highway, 9 km south of Yea. The nature reserve allows the lighting of campfires and contains several waterfalls that can be reached by way of the moderately difficult 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 need.