Kinglake, Victoria

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"Kinglake" redirects here. For the English travel writer and historian, see Alexander William Kinglake.
Main street of Kinglake prior to the bushfire of 7 February 2009
Kinglake is located in Shire of Murrindindi
Location in Shire of Murrindindi
Coordinates 37°31′58″S 145°20′28″E / 37.53278°S 145.34111°E / -37.53278; 145.34111Coordinates: 37°31′58″S 145°20′28″E / 37.53278°S 145.34111°E / -37.53278; 145.34111
Population 1,347 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3763
Elevation 550 m (1,804 ft)
State electorate(s) Eildon
Federal Division(s) Indi, McEwen
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
16 °C
61 °F
8.2 °C
47 °F
850 mm
33.5 in
Localities around Kinglake:
Kinglake Central and Pheasant Creek Glenburn Toolangi
Kinglake West Kinglake Castella
Strathewen and St Andrews Christmas Hills Steels Creek
Aerial view from the north, a year after the 2009 bushfire

Kinglake is a town in Victoria, Australia, 46 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areas are the Shires of Murrindindi and Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Kinglake had a population of 1,347.

The town was one of the worst affected areas during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.[2]


Kinglake, comprising forest, farmland, a national park and a township, is located 45 km north east of Melbourne, in the Kinglake Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range. The Kinglake Ranges vary in height from 525 m - 610 m above sea level. Many areas of Kinglake overlook the Melbourne skyline to the south west and the Yarra Valley wineries to the south. Kinglake is generally 3 °C colder than Metropolitan Melbourne, with the summers being very pleasant and heavy frosts and occasional snowfalls during winter.


Gold was discovered in 1861 on Mount Slide to the east of the locality at an area which became known as Mountain Rush. A Mountain Rush Post Office opened on 7 May 1862, but closed in January 1863 as the miners moved to other locations.[3]

Kinglake township was established much later and was named after British historian Alexander William Kinglake, whose eight-volume history of the Crimean War had recently been completed.

Kinglake Post Office opened on 14 May 1883. There was also an office at Kinglake East open from 1914 until 1950.[3]


Education options that are available to Kinglake residents include the state secondary schools Whittlesea Secondary College and Yea High School. Private secondary schools are also available via numerous bus services that service the township. Primary schools include Kinglake Primary, Middle Kinglake and Kinglake West Primary.

Sporting teams[edit]

The local Australian Rules football club, known as 'The Lakers', plays in Division 2 of the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League.

There is also a representative Basketball team that plays in the VJBL (Victorian Junior Basketball Leagues), under the Kinglake Basketball Club's guidance. These teams are also known as 'The Lakers'.[1]

Community groups[edit]

The Kinglake Ranges have a large number of Community Groups:


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.


The Kinglake Ranges have several points for information and advertisement. All three are community run organisations. Online is the Kinglake Ranges News website, on air is the Kinglake Ranges Radio 94.5FM and printed every month is the Mountain Monthly.


Kinglake has a long history of bushfires when extreme weather conditions occur. There were severe bushfires at the end of January 2006, into early February 2006, when fires burnt out over 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres). The CFA, DSE Victoria and NSW firefighters managed to bring the fire to a halt. Fires also occurred in the 1982–1983 season (the Ash Wednesday fires) and during the 1960s. The major fires of 1939 also placed the community at risk with a major ignition point being nearby. In 1926 major fires in the area caused significant losses; the Post Office being the only building left standing.[citation needed]

2009 bushfire[edit]

Kinglake was one of the main affected towns in the Black Saturday bushfires, with 42 people confirmed dead in Kinglake and Kinglake West, and more than 500 homes destroyed.

See also[edit]

  • Shire of Eltham - the former local government area of which Kinglake was a part
  • Shire of Yea - the former local government area of which Kinglake was a part


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kinglake (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  2. ^ Rule, Andrew (2009-02-09). "Our darkest day". The Age (Melbourne). 
  3. ^ a b Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 

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