Explore Hanging Rock



0.9 miles

Elevation Gain

820.2 ft

Route Type


Added by Marti Chance

Made famous by 'The Picnic at Hanging Rock' and its annual horserace, this family-friendly walk gives nice views of natural rock formations and the surrounding areas. Its proximity to Melbourne makes for a nice day trip.

From the Hanging Rock carpark, head up the pathway past the cafe/gift shop and information centre, the trailhead is just on the other side. Follow the paved path to the left to start the steady climb to the top. Large trees give way to rocks, and eventually, great panoramic views of the surrounding areas and old racetrack.  You'll get to a fork in the path- you can choose to take the steeper 'steps' path or a more meandering path through the rocks. Both take you to the summit. Return along the same path. 

The hike doesn't take long but I recommend leaving some time to explore the rocks. I did see a few more intrepid families with strollers, but it wouldn't be for the faint of heart. Otherwise, the hike is a steady climb but suitable for families. 

There is an fee for parking and the visitor center/museum explains the history of the area. 

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area



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