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Discover citizen science at Hanging Rock Reserve

Enjoy the native biodiversity of Hanging Rock Reserve.
Hanging Rock, South Rock Road, Woodend VIC, Australia

Council officers will lead two mid-week guided walks in April that explore the flora and fauna of this iconic site. Bring your smartphone, and learn how to contribute to Hanging Rock Reserve’s biodiversity data via the iNaturalist Australia app.

Wednesday 10 April – An exploratory walk to the Montane Grassy Woodland on the summit, guided by Simon Purves Conservation Reserves Officer and Tanya Loos Biodiversity Projects Officer. We will be on the lookout for Koalas, insects and the Rock’s own Black Rock Skink colony!

Monday 15 April – This walk surveys the less visited parts of Hanging Rock Reserve, through the biodiversity-rich Foothill Forests of the Rock’s lower slopes to the drier Plains Grassy Woodland on the northern slope.  These areas are both rich in birdlife and flora species unique to the area.

Good to know:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Both walks require a moderate level of fitness, as we will be on steep and /or uneven ground.
  • Please bring water and snacks. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • The meeting point is at the drinking water tank close to the cafe.
  • These walks are weather-dependent. We may cancel an event at short notice due to severe weather conditions such as extreme fire danger, wind and rain. We will give you as much notice as possible.
  • Numbers are very limited and bookings are essential.


Reasonable entry fees apply when visiting Hanging Rock. 100 per cent of all income received is used for the maintenance, development and care of this unique and natural Australian icon.

  • $10 per car
  • $5 per motorbike
  • $5 per pedestrian
  • $20 per minibus
  • $50 per coach

Fees are payable before leaving the reserve. There is a ticket machine located outside the cafe that accepts cash and credit cards. You will need to scan this ticket at the gate when leaving the reserve.

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