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Hanging Rock has fitted in so much over 6 million years… from a sacred place for local indigenous people and backdrop to Joan Lindsay’s book Picnic at Hanging Rock and Peter Weir’s film of the same title, to a colourful host of music concerts, markets and popular horse races, the Rock tells many tales about the history of the Macedon Ranges.
Hanging Rock, or Mount Diogenes as it’s also known, is a rare volcanic formation near the townships of Woodend and Mount Macedon. One of the best examples of a volcanic plug or mamelon in the world, it has been exposed to considerable weathering and erosion, resulting in a conglomeration of unusual rock formations.
Hanging Rock is about discovery and the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start. Gain a fascinating background on the area’s history, mystery and geology with hands-on interpretive displays and informative panels.
What to do at Hanging Rock
There is so much more to do at Hanging Rock than just walking up the Summit Trail (although this is a highlight).
Families can gather in the large shady picnic grounds and play games on the wide expanses of lawn. You can even hire your own patch for your group’s exclusive use.
Walks can be taken on the trails and paths that weave through the reserve, home to many species of native flora and fauna. If you’re lucky you may spot a koala.
You can even take a fishing rod and try your luck in the dam, which is regularly stocked with trout (don’t forget your licence).
You might want to join one of the exciting events held at Hanging Rock throughout the year, such as the Macedon District Car Club’s Annual Picnic and Car Display, New Year’s and Australia Day horse races, or the Hanging Rock Makers Market.
Hanging Rock also plays host to music concerts, having featured some of the biggest musical acts in the world, with Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Elton John all performing in the shadow of the famous landmark.
Getting married? Find out more about weddings at Hanging Rock.
Plan your visit
Plan a day trip to Hanging Rock.