It’s approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Malmsbury to Hanging Rock, and a beautiful one at that.
Once you arrive at Hanging Rock Reserve, you might want to start with lunch at the Hanging Rock Cafe.
Alternatively, bring a picnic and stretch out under the gum trees with views up to the Rock.
After lunch, hike to the summit of Hanging Rock where you can photograph views for miles, amazing rock formations and wildlife.
Over 40 species of birds nest around the reserve, including bright rosellas and cockatoos, while mammals like the greater glider enjoy towering eucalypts. You may even spot native species such as koala, kangaroo, wallaby and echidna.
Admission fees apply to enter Hanging Rock Reserve. The reserve is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9-5pm (later in summer months weather permitting). 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.
See Hanging Rock Cafe‘s website for current opening days and hours. Bookings recommended, particularly on weekends and school holidays.