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Masons Falls, Kinglake
Waterfall Seasons of Victoria - The Waterfall Guide


 
Enjoy a clear view across a deep ravine to this 45 metre high, tiered waterfall in the Kinglake National Park. The white rushing water glistens in the sunlight against the sleek, dark mudstone steps. There are near vertical rock walls on both sides of the ravine, with the viewing platform placed right on the edge at the top of one wall, around 30-40 metres away from the falls. Unfortunately you cannot see the full length of the falls due to trees growing near the base of the falls, and there are no access tracks to the base of the falls. So, bring a pair of binoculars if you want to study the many ledges of the falls in more detail. Masons Falls, Kinglake National Park Above: Masons Falls from the viewing platform (Order this image)

Masons Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Kinglake National Park, and the facilities have been developed to cater for high visitor numbers. This includes a large car park, a groomed gravel walking path to the falls, and a large picnic area near the car park.
The picnic facilities include bbqs and several sheltered picnic tables, which can cater for large groups if you get there early enough to reserve some adjacent tables. Every time I have visited the falls, even on weekdays, there has always been other people either at the viewing platform or in the picnic area at the same time. Along the path to the falls I spotted a wombat scratching around in the undergrowth, which surprised me given the high foot traffic. Masons Falls, Kinglake National Park Above: The picnic area near the car park at Masons Falls (Order this image)

Along the track to the falls, just after passing the junction with the lyrebird track, there is a little cascade along the creek, so take a look down the little dirt track to get your dose of up-close waterfall sights and sounds.

I am yet to visit these falls after high rainfall, and will update this page when I do.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow in winter/spring. The falls can dry up to a trickle in summer/autumn. Avoid late morning to mid-afternoon, especially in winter, otherwise you will be looking straight into the sun when viewing the falls
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Masons Falls Road, Kinglake, 70 km (approx. 70 minute drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.493288 Longitude:145.250663
Getting there: From the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road (C724) at Pheasant Creek, head south for 4 km along National Park Road. After entering through the park gates, turn right and follow the signs for 2 km along Masons Falls Road until you reach the picnic area. From the picnic area, it is a fairly flat, 600 metre walk (each way) to the viewing platform.
Water source: Running Creek
Approx. height: 45 m (sourced from information boards on-site)

Approx. width: 1-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 10 m
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park, viewing platform, public bbqs, toilets, sheltered picnic tables, various walking tracks.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Park gates open at 9 am weekdays and 9.30 am weekends. Closing times were not specified on site.
Sun shade: Plenty of eucalypts in the picnic area, but no shade available at the viewing platform
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No camping, no fires, no dogs, no solid fuel fires, no bike riding. The managing authority advises to not drink the water at the picnic ground. No climbing over the fence at the viewing platform.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at Masons Falls. Camping is available in the Kinglake National Park in The Gums Camping Area, which is a 25 km by road back through Kinglake. Bookings are required through the managing authority's website. If you want to stay overnight in the area and do not want to camp, you can try accommodation around Kinglake, but most of it seems to be a long way away.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Wombelano Falls, also in Kinglake National Park
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
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