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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.
Your day at Hanging Rock includes more than just the Rock itself. Numerous walking paths weave through the reserve, allowing close access to flora and fauna.
Bring your fishing rod and try your luck in the dam, regularly stocked with fish (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.
Keep an eye out for our ranger-guided night walks during the warmer months.
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 provides a stunning backdrop for exciting events, including the Hanging Rock picnic races on New Years Day and Australia Day, car displays, markets, fun runs and concerts. You can even view the famous film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ or take part in a Camp Out.
Discover the mystery
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…
*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.
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 email@example.com no less than 14 days prior to the date of visit.
Hanging Rock baby facilities
There’s two toilets with nappy changing facilities.
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.
Open daily (Except Christmas Day)
Monday - Sunday 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM*
*Later in summer months weather permitting
Please note: 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.
- Picnic Facilities
- Public Toilets