What: I’m sure Hanging Rock’s reputation precedes it. This stunning rock formation, which used to be a volcano, is an iconic feature of the Macedon Ranges landscape. It’s indigenous name is Ngannelong and it has a rich history from the times of our First Nation’s people to the myth of Picnic at Hanging Rock and beyond. It continues to be a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike today.
Please be aware that you will need to pay a flat fee of $10 for parking at Hanging Rock. If you buy a meal at Hanging Rock Cafe, this fee is waived and they will provide you with an exiting ticket. You are able to purchase a year long entry pass for $70, which would be a wonderful investment, as I am sure you will want to return many times! Nonetheless, $10 is a small price to pay to enter such a wonderful Park for potentially a whole day of family fun. (The Park is open from 9 am until 5 pm every day).
Where: Hanging Rock stands between the two small towns of Hesket and Newham on South Rock Road. You can type the name of the landmark into your GPS for directions or simply head there on the Calder Freeway and follow the signs.
The best bit: Hanging Rock boasts a racecourse, beautiful oval, playground, gorgeous cafe and information centre but of course the best bit is the Rock itself. Explore the endless pathways, climb the weird and wonderful rocks and enjoy the beautiful fauna and flora along the way.
Picnic or cafe: The grounds are perfect for a picnic if you want to bring your own and the Hanging Rock Cafe offers an assortment of delicious food and drink options.
Toilets: There are toilets available on site as well as nappy changing facilities.
Make a day of it: You could literally spend the entire day at Hanging Rock if you are after a fun family day out. You may also like to visit nearby Woodend and visit the Children’s Park there and the market on the first Saturday of the month.