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“Nice Day Trip from Melbourne”

Hanging Rock Reserve
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Woodend
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Yes, like others, we just had to have a picnic at Hanging Rock! It is an enchanting place with distinctively eroded rock formations - including the eponymous hanging rock, which is still hanging. It doesn't take too long to climb to the peak of the 'mamelon' but you might want to allow some time to wander around the rocks at the top and of course to eat your picnic. There plenty of spots where you can enjoy fine views. Allow at least a couple of hours.

You might also like to stroll around the small town of Woodend - check out what's on, you could be lucky like us and visit during an art festival. Mount Macedon Park is also located nearby and is worth including in your day trip if more hiking is to your liking.

Hanging Rock Reserve is 8km from Woodend, which is 1-2hrs drive from Melbourne, depending on where in Melbourne you begin. There is a rail connection to Woodend so in principle you could also go by train/bike.

Thank marconasco
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Hanging Rock has a special, spiritual quality similar to that experienced in Central & North West Australia.

Thank James W
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

My partner rolled up on the parking lot very early on a weekday morning, and thus the whole place was desolate and abandoned. It made for a very haunting experience as the two of us trekked all of the trails in the reserve in moderate silence, completely enveloped by nature. It was a really soothing break from the busy sounds of the city. When we got to the very top of the Rock, there was a humbling, sweeping view of the countryside waiting for us. Not something you can get at the Eureka Tower!

The mythos of Hanging Rock from the film and book were heavily capitalized upon, with an entire discovery centre dedicated to the legend. It definitely helped boost the eerie atmosphere we felt that morning, which for me just made it all the more fun!

The picnic facilities do what they're meant to do, and I would recommend packing a picnic as we did for what most would consider a "complete" experience of the reserve.

1  Thank ktaztrofik
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

It's only about an hour's drive from Melbourne to Hanging Rock reserve. The day we went (a Saturday afternoon) it was raining so we took a mini chocolate picnic bar with us (had to say 'we had a picnic at hanging rock!!). The cafe was open but we didn't use it so can't comment about that. The visitor's centre was open and is interesting - by the time you get to the end you will leave believing that the novel was reality! The walk to the top is a fine walk, not too strenuous as long as you don't mind uphill strolls. A fine view at the top too. We took 45 mins round trip to go up and back. We got to the car park at 4:55pm (park closing time was advertised as 5:00pm) and on the grassed oval by the car park I counted 73 kangaroos. It was dusk. Time your visit to be here around dusk if your overseas friends just have to see a 'wild' kangaroo. Park closing times vary with the season so check closing times before you go. Please note: there is a $10 entry charge to the park which you pay for AFTER you enter. There is a machine there that takes cash or card, and you need the payment voucher to activate the gate to leave the park.

2  Thank Sharyn1958
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Even shrouded in fog this place was beautiful, if somewhat eerie. Have been a fan of the famous movie since I was a small child, so could not visit the area without coming here. Unfortunately we had been advised at the Woodend visitor information centre that there was a cafe and visitor centre at the rock and that it would be open, and yes there was one there, but it was closed. We went there on a Monday around midday, and just 2 days later on the Wednesday our daughter visited Hanging Rock at midday and the centre was open. So if the visitor centre and/or cafe are an important part of your visit, might be worth checking ahead somehow. Apparently it was supposed to be open, and we were really disappointed to miss out on souvenirs.

As for climbing the rock itself, I think it's something really worth doing if you're fit enough and don't mind the uphill climb. We recommend you definitely take a bottle of water with you!

Thank 2_macks
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