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About Hanging Rock Reserve

Where else in Australia will you find the Black Hole of Calcutta, The Eagle, The Chapel and Lover’s Leap? Let the secrets of Hanging Rock unfold before your eyes as you wind your way up to the pinnacle where spectacular views await.

Hands-on interpretive displays and informative panels in the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre provide a fascinating background on the history, mystery and geology of the Rock.

Hanging Rock is also a favourite gathering place for families, with wide expanses of lawn for game-playing, free electric barbeques and picnic tables dotted around the reserve.

The mystery of Hanging Rock

The unexplained disappearance of a group of schoolgirls at Hanging Rock in 1901 is just one of the legends of this mysterious area, and many visitors say they can feel the spirit of the girls as they climb the Rock. Joan Lindsay’s book and Peter Weir’s film about the ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ ensures that the mystery lives on…

What to do at Hanging Rock Reserve

Your day at Hanging Rock Reserve includes more than just the famous walk to the summit of Hanging Rock.

Numerous pram-friendly walking paths weave through the reserve, allowing close access to flora and fauna. Many visitors add a visit to Hanging Rock Cafe afterwards for lunch and a glass of wine, or coffee and cake.

Picnics and barbecues with stunning views to Hanging Rock are popular, while larger groups can even reserve a number of covered barbecue picnic shelters. Families love fishing for trout in the dam too, so make sure to bring your fishing rod and try your luck (don’t forget your fishing licence).

Of course the summit climb is a highlight. Wide sealed paths make the walk reasonably easy for people of average fitness.

Find out how to reserve a barbecue picnic shelter for your group

Wildlife at Hanging Rock Reserve

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.

Hanging Rock events

Hanging Rock provides a stunning backdrop for exciting events, including the Hanging Rock picnic races on New Years Day and Australia Day (note the Reserve is open only to ticketed racegoers on these days), vintage car displays, markets, fun runs and concerts. You can even experience an annual outdoor cinema screening of the famous film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, or take part in a Camp Out.

Ranger-guided night walks are also held during the warmer months.

Keep an eye on our What’s On page for upcoming events.

Hanging Rock Cafe

If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, or crave a coffee or cold beer after your hike, Hanging Rock Cafe is the answer. Nestled within the reserve, this awesome cafe offers indoor dining (with a warm fire in winter) and outdoor, dog-friendly dining under gum trees and shade umbrellas.

Read more about Hanging Rock Cafe.

Hanging Rock entry fees and opening times

Hanging Rock is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.00-5.00pm.

The incoming gate closes at 4.00pm, so you must enter the Reserve prior to this time. All visitors must exit by 5.00pm.

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 Summit Walking trail will be closed on Extreme Fire danger days. Hanging Rock Reserve will not be open to the public at all if a Catastrophic Fire danger day is declared.

Refer to the CFA Victoria website to check fire danger ratings for the CENTRAL fire district.

Entry fees

Car: $10.00
Minibus: $20.00
Coach: $50.00
Motorbike: $5.00
Pedestrian/cyclist: $5.00

*Separate entry fees apply on specific event days such as race meetings, concerts and Macedon Ranges District Motor Club Car Display Day.

Plan to visit often? Purchase a Hanging Rock annual pass allowing you access to the reserve during normal opening hours every day, except Christmas Day and major event days.

Dog policy

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.

Hanging Rock drone policy

Drones are not permitted to be flown at or over Hanging Rock Reserve without prior written permission. Please email no less than 14 days prior to the date of visit.

Hanging Rock baby facilities

There are two toilets with nappy changing facilities.

Hanging Rock weddings

Plan a memorable wedding ceremony or reception with Hanging Rock as the backdrop.

Find out more about weddings at Hanging Rock

Opening Hours

Open daily 9 - 5.00pm (incoming gate closes at 4.00pm). Closed Christmas Day.


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