Hanging Rock, Woodend

Hanging Rock, Woodend

Hanging Rock, near Woodend, has reached near mythical status in recent decades thanks to the popularity of Joan Lindsay’s novel, and subsequent 1970s film, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ – a fictitious story of the disappearance of Melbourne school on an outing in the early 1900s.

The rock – an unusually rare volcanic geological feature – is an impressive sight that protrudes 105m above the surrounding plain and dominates the grounds around. Walking tracks up and around the Rock, a lake annually stocked with fish, a racecourse, cricket oval, discovery centre, cafe, tennis courts and of course acres of lovely picnic grounds are features of this revered park. There’s plenty to do! 

Cyclists may consider calling in on the Hanging Rock Winery cellar door, 5km to the north in Jim Road. Several accommodation options are available nearby as well, for those wishing to make an overnight stay.

Contact the Woodend Visitor Centre for details.

South Rock Road, Woodend, Victoria, 3442

Getting there

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The journey to Woodend takes about an hour from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station.

Catch a Bendigo line train to Woodend Station. Catch a taxi to transfer to Hanging Rock, or ride a bike. From the station, head north along High Street (Calder Highway); turn right into Woodend-Wallan Road. Pass over the Calder Freeway; turn left at Coach Road, then immediate right into South Rock Road. Follow the signs to Hanging Rock Reserve.

Tip: Travelling on V/Line during off-peak times is more convenient and cheaper!