Begin your family day out with time at iconic Hanging Rock Reserve. You can climb to the summit of Hanging Rock, or if little legs tire, go part way up and still see amazing rock formations and views.
The iconic Hanging Rock Summit Walk is a 1.8km hike and takes 45-60 minutes depending on how long you stop at the top. The first two thirds of the walk are pram-friendly, which takes you to a fantastic area known as The Saddle. A great spot for a photo opp!
If you don’t feel like an uphill walk, there are a couple of other trails that meander through the reserve you can enjoy.
The Base Walking Trail is a pram-friendly 1.8km circuit that takes you around the base of Hanging Rock. The walk takes around half an hour. It’s a great option for younger kids and offers stunning rock formations and opportunities for wildlife spotting. Mammals like the greater glider enjoy towering eucalypts while kangaroos graze throughout the reserve. You may even spot native species such as koalas, wallabies and echidnas.
The Creek Trail is a 2.3km walk along a pram-friendly unsealed path. The walk usually takes around 40 minutes. Keep your eyes open for over 40 species of birds that nest around the reserve, including bright rosellas and cockatoos.
At the end of your walk, enjoy a barbecue or drop by Hanging Rock Cafe for a hearty lunch or morning tea al fresco or inside by the fire.
PS. Pet dogs are welcome at the reserve (excluding major event days) but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted to ascend the Rock itself on the Summit Walking Trail as it is home to many native animals.