Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock

26 Jan
Australia Day Races at Hanging Rock

The Hanging Rock Races are a great way to get out of town and enjoy a day of racing, fashion and fun minus the hustle and bustle of metropolitan racing meets. The racecourse is surrounded by the Hanging Rock Reserve Park, located in the beautiful and unspoiled Macedon Ranges. It's an ideal way to recharge your batteries with friends and family on Australia Day.

A shuttle bus ($5, including return travel) connects with Woodend Station from selected V/Line services from Melbourne and Bendigo.

No BYO alcohol: the racecourse has strict policies against racegoers bringing their own alcohol. Racecourse staff will search all bags and eskies at the entrance and confiscate any alcohol found. If you have any questions regarding a particular club's policy, please contact them directly.

Additionally, customers are prohibited from consuming alcohol on board any V/Line services. We advise you not to bring alcohol with you on the day as Authorised Officers will be present on our services.

Opening hours
Gates open at 11:00am
139 S Rock Rd, Newham, Victoria, 3442
Admission price
  • General Admission $25.00, $20 if purchased prior to the day (early bird)
  • Concession $15.00
  • Children 16 years and younger FREE
    Patrons are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to avoid lengthy queues
    Early bird admission price changes from $20 to $25 on the day of the event

Special offer

Shuttle bus from Woodend Station to the Racecourse is just $5.00

Getting there

Train line
Closest station/stop

Coaches are replacing trains on the Bendigo line from 12-27 January. V/Line coach services and event shuttle transfers as follows: 

AUSTRALIA DAY - Saturday 26 January

To Woodend from Melbourne Service One  Service Two Service Three  Service Four 
Depart Melbourne (Southern Cross) 9:02am 10:22am 11:22am 12:22pm
Arrive Woodend 10:01am 11:21pm 12:21pm 1:21pm
ARRIVE RACECOURSE (approx) 10:20am 11:40am 12:40pm 1:40pm


To Woodend from Bendigo  Service One Service Two Service Three   Service Four
Depart Bendigo 8:27am 9:16am 10:22am  11:25am
Arrive Woodend 10:13am 10:48am 12:08pm  1:11pm
 ARRIVE RACECOURSE (approx      10:33am 11:08am 12:28pm  1:31pm


From Woodend to Melbourne        Service One Service Two Service Three
DEPART RACECOURSE 4:10pm 4:45pm 5:45pm
Depart Woodend 4:46pm 5:26pm 6:50pm
Arrive Melbourne (Southern Cross) 5:45pm 6:25pm 7:49pm


From Woodend to Bendigo Service One  Service Two Service Three Service Four
DEPART RACECOURSE 3:50pm 4:50pm     5:45pm 6:30pm  
Depart Woodend 4:21pm 5:21pm 6:19pm 7:01pm
Arrive Bendigo 6:07pm 7:07pm 8:05pm