Explore Our Historic Site
Located near Gembrook in Melbourne's East, Kurth Kiln is best known for it's iconic kiln that was used during the Second World War. Due to the conservation and restoration efforts of the Friends of Kurth Kiln and the support of Parks Victoria, the kiln and the various heritage listed Forestry Huts have been meticulously preserved and are available for public viewing.
But Kurth Kiln is also a popular place for Picnic and Camping activities, including fascinating Walking Tracks. See a recent write-up
Be a part of our annual festival, events and working bees. Take a walk through our historic grounds and you too, could become a friend of Kurth Kiln.
Our annual Heritage Festival at the Kurth Kiln Picnic Ground combines the natural beauty of the Australian Bush with lots of historic activities for a fun-filled family day. 2017 was unfortunately a wet and stormy day and, with an ominous forecast for Sunday 9 April. But in a reduced format, under the cover of the Big Shed Roof, the event became quite comfortable. Attendance was around 100 people. We thank Parks Victoria and the Cardinia Shire Council for supporting the event, and the many Volunteers and organisations for helping to make it a success. See Gallery Pages for a series of photos taken on the day. And see our Flyer for the original Program of the event. Read More...
With the support of the Cardinia Shire the Friends of Kurth Kiln staged a Seniors Week function early in October. See our Flyer Read More...
A Booklet about Dr Kurth and his work was produced by the Friends of Kurth Kiln and launched at our 2014 Heritage Festival by the State Member for Gembrook, Brad Battin MP. Launch of our new "Walking for Pleasure" booklet took place on Saturday 12 November at 10:30am at the kiln site. Some 50 dignitaries. members and guests attended. Read More...
The VNPA in conjunction with the Friends of Bunyip State Park presented a 'Nature Watch' Community Day in Gembrook. See our Poster Read More...
At one stage there had been !8 huts at Kurth Kiln, used to accommodate workers employed by the Forestry Commission.of Victoria after the war. Called Masonite Huts, they had been acquired from Army to house up to 100 forestry workers between 1945 and 1965, when Kurth Kiln became the centre for forest management. A number of huts were lost in a bush fire in 1963 and the rest were consolidated, with one built out as a manager / caretaker residence. Today there are only four left.
In the early 1980 Ron Thornton used to come to Kurth Kiln often, and in 1985 took up residence here and became the "unofficial Caretaker" till he died in 2000. Since then the huts are used intermittently only by students and volunteers doing environmental project work in the Bush. Alfred and Ursula live not far from Kurth Kiln and if you or your group are interested, or would like to have a closer look, let them know when next you plan to visit the picnic ground and they can arrange to open the facilities and tell you more about it. Call us on (03) 5967 4201 or click for e-mail.
Scheduled Working Bees are on the second Saturday each month, starting at 10:00am on site at Kurth Kiln with a short General Meeting, and continues normally till 3pm. Barbeque facilities are available for lunch, as are tea and coffee.
13 February - 12 March - 9 April - 14 May (cancelled due to Parks Victoria function) -
11 June - 9 July - 13 August - 10 September - 8 October AGM - October Meeting -
12 November - 10 December Minutes Breakup