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Summer at Kinglake National Park

Kinglake National Park staff and volunteers will be on hand over summer to help visitors enjoy their visit.

Two new seasonal rangers have joined the Kinglake team for summer. They will be out at the park’s busiest locations to help visitors learn more about the park, enjoy everything on offer and stay safe.

Rangers will also run four Junior Ranger activities during January. Park rangers will host the activities which offer activities for children aged 6 to 12 and their families.

They are designed to get kids outdoors and teach them about our local plants, wildlife and amazing natural and cultural heritage.

Check www.juniorrangers.com.au for activity locations and dates and to register your attendance.

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Lyrebird in Kinglake National Park. PHOTO: Parks Victoria/Supplied.

There is something for everyone to enjoy. Just an hour from Melbourne, it is a great place for people to escape the heat of summer and visit waterfalls, fern gullies and cool bubbling creeks. There are many kilometres of walking tracks, ranging in length and difficulty.

 

The park also has specific tracks that cater for horse riders and mountain bike riders. Go to www.parks.vic.gov.au for more information on everything the park has to offer.

Volunteer track rangers will also be walking tracks throughout the summer school holidays. They will be helping visitors to enjoy tracks, choose the track that is best for their interests and abilities and help people discover things they may not otherwise know about.

There will be volunteer camp hosts based at The Gums camping area from Christmas until the end of the school holidays. The volunteers will provide a range of park information and opportunities for families and kids staying at Gums to enjoy the park.

Some activities run by camp hosts in past have included spotlight walks, guided bushwalks and fun educational activities in the campground.

Does the park close on all Total Fire Ban days or just code red days?

The park does not close on total fire ban days. Masons Falls is the only section of the park that closes on Code Red Days.

“However, we strongly discourage people from coming into any areas of the park on days of high fire danger,” Graham said.

Anything else visitors need to know?

Check online at www.parks.vic.gov.au before you visit to find the best things to do and for any changes of conditions in the park.

Also, remember Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a great location for anyone looking for wide open spaces for a picnic or large gathering. With shelters, barbecues, walking tracks, toilets, large open grassed areas and scenic views of Wallaby Creek catchment and the reservoir, the park is just at the bottom of the range.

For a more intimate or sheltered location try Jehosaphat Gully, a couple of kilometres from the centre of Kinglake. Enjoy a shady walk or use the free BBQs, toilets, picnic tables and undercover areas.

 

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Jehosaphat Gully Picnic Area. PHOTO: Parks Victoria/Supplied.

 

Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/kinglake, call 13 19 63, or email info@parks.vic.gov.au for further information.

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