Hanging Rock has fit in so much over 6 million years… from a sacred place for local indigenous people and backdrop to Joan Lindsay’s book Picnic at Hanging Rock and Peter Weir’s film of the same title, to a colourful host of music concerts, markets and popular horse races, the Rock tells many tales about the history of the Macedon Ranges.
Hanging Rock, or Mount Diogenes as it’s also known, is a rare volcanic formation near the townships of Woodend and Mount Macedon. One of the best examples of a volcanic plug or mamelon in the world, it has been exposed to considerable weathering and erosion, resulting in a conglomeration of unusual rock formations.
Hanging Rock is about discovery and the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start. Gain a fascinating background on the area’s history, mystery and geology with hands-on interpretive displays and informative panels.
There is so much more to do at Hanging Rock than just walking up the Rock. Families can gather in the large shady picnic grounds and play games on the wide expanses of lawn or have coffee and a quality sit-down meal in the cafe. Walks can be taken on the trails and paths that weave through the reserve past local flora and fauna, or take a fishing rod and try your luck in the dam, which is regularly stocked with fish (don’t forget your licence).
Maybe join in on some of the most colourful and exciting events in the Macedon Ranges, from the Macedon District Car Club’s Annual Picnic and Car Display to the New Year’s and Australia Day horse races or the Locals Triples Petanque Tournament.
Hanging Rock also plays host to music concerts, having featured some of the biggest musical acts in the world, with Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles and Cold Chisel all performing in the shadow of the famous landmark.
Please note: Pet dogs are welcome at the Reserve (excluding major event days), but they must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are, however, not permitted to ascend the Rock itself as it is home to many native animals.
Please note: Separate entry fees apply on specific event days such as race meetings, concerts and the Macedon Ranges & District Motor Club Car Display Day as well as other selected events.
Do you visit Hanging Rock regularly? Why not purchase an annual pass which allows you access to the reserve during normal opening hours everyday, except Christmas day and major event days. Click here to download the form.
Taking your own BBQ?
Help keep Hanging Rock safe for the many native animals that live here – please follow any fire restrictions that may apply.
During the fire restriction period, the Ranger will be able to advise you on areas that you can use your gas BBQ. To be absolutely safe, use one of the free BBQ’s with the reserve.
Please note: Heat bead or solid fuel BBQ’s are prohibited at all times.
Hanging Rock Cafe
A great place to relax and take in the peaceful surrounding of the reserve, take you pick of the indoor dining room or the al fresco patio. Modern contemporary cuisine is served fresh daily from 10.00am, prepared by a local chef using local ingredients.
Fully licensed. Bookings may be required for large groups and can be made on +61 3 5427 0295.
Open daily (Except Christmas Day)
Monday — Sunday 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
May be open later in Summer depending on weather.
- Public Toilets
- Picnic Facilities