Experience the famous New Years Day Races at the Hanging Rock Racecourse on 1st of January and get ready for a great day of Country Racing!

Hanging Rock racecourse is surrounded by the Hanging Rock Reserve Park, located in the beautiful and unspoiled MacedonRanges. The dual Calder Freeway will see you there within a mere 45 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.  The park is not only breathtaking to those that visit but a national icon following Joan Lindsay’s book and film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock.’ However the history of the park does not end there, boasting a rich and interesting past.  The closest town to Hanging Rock is Woodend, a town full of that sort after country charm, which makes it a spot very popular with tourists.

Throw out a rug on the lawns whilst enjoying all of the racing action right from the Mounting Yard to the Winning Post at your leisure.

Indulge yourself with a Umbrella Package on the home straight for your and your friends. Alternatively, experience the luxury of your own private marquee and upgrade your package to include food and beverages. There’s free kids activities and live entertainment on course to backdrop an incredible day of racing.

We encourage racegoers to embrace country casual; where you can enjoy backing a winner from our bars and bookmakers on course.

View website for bookings and shuttle bus information from Woodend V-Line train station ($5 return).

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Find out what’s happening in the Macedon Ranges this month