Hiking in Mason
Falls – Mt Sugarloaf
Mason Falls, Mt Sugarloaf, Kinglake National Park
This walk features panoramic views, lush fern gullies, abundant wildlife and
a spectacular waterfall
Length: 13 kilometres
Walk: 4.5 hours
Start: Park Visitor Centre
Finish: Park Visitor Centre
Permits/bookings: Park entry fee (Masons Falls area).
Visitors have been coming to these forested slopes in the foothills of the
Great Dividing Range for over 100 years, originally lured by the promise of
gold and by timber, but more recently by the prospect of refreshing walks
in beautiful native bush.
From the visitor centre follow the ridge to the top of Mt Sugarloaf for views
over the surrounding countryside as far as the city and Port Phillip Bay.
The track loops around through cool, shaded fern gullies along Running Creek,
open messmate and peppermint forest and a colourful understorey of heath on
the drier ridges, where wildflowers blossom in spring. This rich and diverse
vegetation offers a home to wallabies, koalas, echidnas and wombats, as well
as many native birds, including peregrine falcons and lyrebirds.
A short sidetrack near the main picnic ground leads to a scenic lookout with
stunning views of majestic Masons Falls and the rocky gorge downstream. The
trail also includes the beautiful Lyrebird Circuit from Masons Falls Picnic
Ground, a shady path suitable for wheelchairs that winds past some of the
park’s tallest trees.