Hanging Rock Reserve
Hanging Rock is located a short drive from the villages of Woodend and Mount Macedon. The Rock is also known to some of its traditional owners as ‘Ngannelong’.
It is a sacred place of gathering for the Dja Dja Wurrung, Woi Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples, who were the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land for thousands of years. As a prominent, culturally significant landmark near tribal boundaries with a reliable source of water, it is likely to have been used for Ngargee ceremonies (Corroborrees) and other traditional business that involved gatherings.
Council recognises their living cultures and ongoing connection to Country and pays respect to their Elders past, and present. These three tribes continue to maintain cultural and spiritual connections with Hanging Rock.
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The Rock itself is a former volcano called a mamelon. It was created 6.25 million years ago by stiff magma pouring from a vent and congealing in place. As the magma cooled and contracted, it split into rough columns. These weathered over time into distinctive pinnacles that is now a popular attraction.
What to do at Hanging Rock
In addition to an abundance of native flora and fauna, including a large population of wild kangaroos, the reserve offers beautiful nature walks, a Discovery Centre, picnic areas and free barbecue facilities. You can also enjoy coffee or a meal at the fully licensed Hanging Rock Cafe.
Many visitors flock to the reserve to go on the Pinnacle Walk, enjoy a game of cricket on the reserve’s expansive grassed areas, or fishing for trout in Hanging Rock Dam.
Many fantastic events are also held at Hanging Rock Reserve throughout the year, including major concerts by Frontier Touring, popular Hanging Rock Craft Markets, ranger-guided Night Walks, the Macedon Ranges Music Festival, New Year’s Day Horse Races and more.
Entry fees apply to enter the reserve. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Summit Walk and must be kept on a lead at all times.
Get more detailed information on various walks, facilities, opening hours and entry fees into Hanging Rock.