HANGING ROCK – Discover the mystery
Discover the secrets
Where else in Australia will you find the Black Hole of Calcutta, The Eagle, The Chapel and Lover’s Leap…let the secrets of Hanging Rock unfold before your eyes as you wind your way up to the pinnacle where spectacular views await.
Discover the fun
Hanging Rock is about discovery, and the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start. Hands-on interpretive displays and informative panels provide a fascinating background on the history, mystery and geology of the Rock before you start your climb
Discover the relaxation
Hanging Rock is a favourite gathering place for families, with wide expanses of lawn for game-playing, barbeques and many picnic tables dotted around the reserve. With nature and tranquility all around, Hanging Rock is a perfect place to unwind.
Why not hire one of the new picnic shelters for your next family gathering, event, function or group activity? Click here for more information.
And if you haven’t packed a picnic, drop in at the Hanging Rock Café. The fully licenced cafe is a great place to relax and take in the peaceful surrounding of the reserve from the indoor dining room or the al fresco terrace. Café is closed on Tuesdays during winter
Bookings for large groups can be made on +61 3 5427 0295.
Discover the activities
Your day at Hanging Rock includes more than just the Rock itself. Numerous walking paths and trails weave through the reserve, allowing you close access to the flora and fauna.
Bring your fishing rod and try your luck in the dam, which is regularly stocked with fish (don’t forget your fishing licence).
But of course, the climb to the summit of the Rock is a highlight. Wide sealed paths make the main walk reasonably easy for people of average fitness.
Make sure you keep an eye out for our ranger-guided night walks during the warmer months too.
Discover the wildlife
Even the wildlife loves Hanging Rock, with native species such as koala, kangaroo, wallaby and echidna making the occasional appearance.
Over 40 species of birds nest around the reserve, including bright rosellas and cockatoos, while mammals like the greater glider enjoy the relaxing surroundings and towering eucalypts.
Discover the events
All year round, Hanging Rock provides a stunning backdrop for exciting and colourful events, including the famous Hanging Rock picnic races on New Years Day and Australia Day, car displays, craft markets, fun runs and concerts. You can even view the famous film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ or take part in a Camp Out.
Discover the mystery
The unexplained disappearance of a group of schoolgirls at Hanging Rock in 1901 is just one of the legends of this mysterious area, and many visitors say they can feel the spirit of the girls as they climb the Rock. Joan Lindsay’s book and Peter Weir’s film about the ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ ensures that the mystery lives on…
Open daily (Except Christmas Day)
Monday - Sunday 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM*
*Later in summer months weather permitting
Please note: Incoming gate closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Access to Hanging Rock itself is not permitted on days where winds above 40km/h are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology. The reserve and picnic areas are still open on these days, and the café hours will be unchanged.
The reserve will not be open to the public if a Code Red Fire danger day is declared.
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. See below to download a form.
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 on the Summit Walking Trail as it is home to many native animals.
Please note that drones are not permitted to be flown at or over Hanging Rock Reserve without prior written permission. To seek written permission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no less than 14 days prior to the date you wish to visit the reserve.
- Public Toilets
- Picnic Facilities