In February of 2009, Kinglake was at the center of the worst bushfire in Australia's history. The townships of Kinglake & Kinglake West were almost entirely wiped off the map, costing dozens their lives. For now, the area is a regrowth zone and the charred hills are a sobering reminder of that day.
The park is always open.
It's free to enter the park, but if you want to camp there, there is a fee.
From the centre of Melbourne, the most direct route to Kinglake National Park is via Plenty Road, which leads from the city's northern suburbs north to Whittlesea, from where you need to take the Whittlesea Yea Road to Kinglake West. From there, drive east along Whittlesea Kinglake Road, which leads to Kinglake.
For a more scenic route, you can take the Heidelberg Kinglake Road from Melbourne's northeastern suburbs. Finally, a third option is to drive north on the Melba Highway from Lilydale, which leads past the eastern edge of the national park.
V/Line has coach services from Southern Cross station in Melbourne to Kinglake West. This departs at 6PM daily, Monday to Saturday (check the V/Line website for current timetable). The trip takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to Kinglake West. In the opposite direction, there is a bus service departing every Monday to Saturday at 9:45 from Kinglake West for Melbourne.
There is a caravan and camping ground in the park, which you need to book for. It has fireplaces and toilets, with easy access for people with limited mobility. To book, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963, or book online at Parks Victoria.
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