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by Winnie (subscribe)
Enjoying cheap eats in Melbourne, mmm. Food blogger at: bitingtravels.blogspot.com
Published June 7th 2012
Searching for Lost Children
Searching for Lost Children


We're going to go for a picnic at Hanging Rock," they said, smiling knowingly. What is the significance of that? you say. Hanging Rock is shrouded by an air of mystery, with the tale of a group of girls disappearing on Valentines Day 1900, on a school picnic. The Rock provides the backdrop of this 1967 novel, as well as a subsequent 1975 film adaptation. You can find out more about the origins of Hanging Rock and more at the Discover Centre.

Strange Happenings
Strange Happenings


Hanging Rock is located 1 hour North out of Melbourne. The main "activity to do" is the walking trail, which is an easy walk of approximately 2km.

Walking Trail
Walking Trail


Along the way, you can see the strange, tall, rock formations.

Rock Formations
Rock Formations


And stop over at the flats for a picnic.

Mysterious Picnic Grounds
Mysterious Picnic Grounds


Then make your way up to the summit, and climb up the tall rocks themselves if you're feeling adventurous.

The Summit
The Summit


Finally, stop over at the cafe for tea or coffee. Or make your own lunch at the BBQ area, and play some footy on the spacious grassy lawns. Whilst in the area, you can visit the other wineries and natural attractions around the Macedon Ranges.

Resting for Coffee
Resting for Coffee


Practical tips: entrance to the park is priced at $10 per vehicle, but there are free parking areas outside, if you're willing to walk for an extra five minutes.
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Why? Experience the mystery.
When: 9am to 5pm (extended during summer)
Where: Hanging Rock VIC 3442
Cost: $10 per vehicle, see tips above
Your Comment
Beautiful photography and a great day out!
by mick4 (score: 0|4) 2183 days ago
Beautiful photos. This is a worthwhile day trip either from Melbourne, Daylesford, Ballarat or Bendigo. Gorgeous scenery and walks and a wonderful spot when touring the Macedon Ranges. Don't get lost!
by Porcupine Ridge Estate (score: 0|4) 2183 days ago
Hanging Rock Summit Walk sounds good - just a monumental pity that the Department responsible for the Sign cannot SPELL. The word is REPEL, and the activity REPELLING - certainly it is not and never has been Rapel or Rapelling. How much did sign cost? They should ask for a refund.
by fluffynut (score: 2|725) 1692 days ago
Abseiling also called rappelling, is the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope. Climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep.
by Susan (score: 0|9) 1645 days ago
Thanks mick4 and Porcupine Ridges (love your display icon!)
by Winnie (score: 2|111) 2183 days ago
The Hanging Rock mystery of the missing schoolgirls....happened in 1900..NOT
1990...as you reported...
by gabok (score: 1|10) 1967 days ago
I think you mean Valentines Day 1890! But what fun to re-enact it, well maybe with a better outcome!!
by ldean (score: 1|19) 1878 days ago
awesome eerie place specially on a drizzly day,Loved it here.
by lauryn (score: 2|106) 1835 days ago
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