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Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Kurth Kiln Regional Park is a popular park located in the Dandenong Ranges, and whose unique attractions make it a must-visit for those coming to the region.

The park is best known for its kiln whose history can be traced to as far back as the Second World War.

Kurth Kiln Regional Park Walks, Dogs, Horses & Camping Map, Beenak

Back then, the kiln was used to produce charcoal for gas units that were fitted to cars. This idea was patented and developed by E. E. Kurth, the professor whose name the park bears.

In addition to the kiln, there are lots of activities to enjoy while at the park. Walking is the best way to explore the park and there are a number of tracks available. Tomahawk Creek Circuit is an easy 2km return walk and Ship Rock Falls is a short trip of only 300 metres to visit a small waterfall. Thornton Walking Track is a moderate 2km walk where you can loop back via the Scout Loop Track. Mountain bike riding is a fun activity permitted in the park, and cyclists may use the shared horse riding, walking, cycling tracks. Horse riding is also permitted.

For visitors who would love to spend a night at Kurth Kiln Regional Park, head over to the Scout Camp Loop & Magazine Track Campground. Scout Loop Track has 30 bush sites, Magazine Track has 6 sites and Heritage Fence Camping Area has 4 sites. There are non-flush toilets and BYO firewood is permitted as is collecting fallen wood from the park. These park sites are free and no bookings are taken, first in best dressed.

Plan a weekend getaway and experience the park’s varied landscape, from the Mountain Ash forest to the shrubs at the foot of the fills and the swampy heathland section. Look out for the possums, sugar gliders, wombats and swamp wallabies that dot the park. Dogs are permitted in the park, but due to the number of native animals, they must remain leashed at all times.

Kurth Kiln Regional Park is worth a visit for anyone touring Dandenong Ranges.

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  • Hi there, can you please advise what are the current restrictions for camping in this park, any limits on participants qty, etc.
    Would like to visit (with tents overnight) next weekend

    If you have Kurth Kiln Park email address it would be great, so I can discuss further questions directly with rangers (such as can I bring a BBQ, best timing and camping site, etc)

    0478 22 43 22

    • Hi Alex,

      The Kurth Kiln Regional Park appears to be managed by Parksvic, so they are likely the best place for any questions on specifics related to the campsites.

      You can try to call them on 13 19 63 or email them at [email protected]

      I did try look over their website, but thier information on Kurth Kiln Regional Park is very minimal and the location isn’t present on the Parkstay booking system.

      I did look over all the material i collected when i visited, but the only useful information found on those maps is that fires are allowe din the fireplaces provided and that dogs are allowed on leashes.

      Their phone number is listed as the contact point to make a booking, so they should be able to help with anything you wish to know.


    • Hi Lee,

      I have checked the official park guide and it does state that “Dogs must be controlled on a leash”.

      Having been there just a few weeks ago, i did see police and park rangers around, so I would say the rule would be enforced.


    • Hi Sulav,

      Unfortunately, there is no way for me to know, you will have to travel down there to see. These park sites are free and no bookings are taken, first in best dressed. I suggest you have a back-up plan in case all the bush sites are taken.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Kim, no you do not.

      Scout Loop Track has 30 numbered sites in a bush setting. There is a non-flush toilet and nearby horse yards with wooden rails for overnight and day use. Space in horse yards is on a first come basis.

      Magazine Track has 6 numbered sites adjacent to Scout Loop Track. The non-flush toilet is shared with Heritage Fence Camping Area.

      Heritage Fence Camping Area has 4 unnumbered sites in a treed area. Campers must carry all equipment in from the adjacent car park. The non-flush toilet is shared with Magazine Track Camping Area.

      Please bring your own firewood for campfires where possible. Alternatively, campers can collect fallen wood (if available) from around the campsite area for use in the fireplaces.

      It is prohibited to cut wood from live trees to use as firewood or to take wood collected in the park with you when you leave.

      Fees no longer apply to these campgrounds. No bookings are taken for campgrounds where fees do not apply. Camping is first in, first-served.

      Best regards,

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