Café and gift shop

The licensed Hanging Rock Café offers lunch and snacks daily (except Tuesdays during winter) from 10am to 4pm.  

Sit in the dining room, or take in beautiful views of the Reserve from the outdoor balconies. For bookings, call (03) 5427 0295.

Australiana and Hanging Rock souvenirs are also available from the gift shop.

Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is currently closed.

Hands on interpretative displays will help on your journey of discovery as you wander through and learn more about the history and geology of the Rock. Discover how and when the rocks were formed, and what did happen to the school girls who were the subject of the famous book and film. 

Picnics, shelters and barbecues

There are numerous picnic tables, shelters and 13 free barbecues located throughout the reserve, or there's plenty of room to throw a rug on the lawns and enjoy a picnic.

If you’re taking your own barbecue, help keep Hanging Rock safe for the many native animals that live there by following any fire restrictions that may apply. During the fire restriction period, the ranger will be able to advise you on areas that you can use your gas barbecue.

Heat bead or solid fuel barbecues are prohibited at all times.

Access to the Summit Walk is not permitted on days where winds over 40km/h are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Visiting as a group?

Hire a picnic shelter for your next family gathering, event or function.

Find out more Hanging Rock picnic shelters - information pack(DOCX, 7MB) Hanging Rock picnic shelters - information pack(PDF, 4MB)

Getting married?

Why not have Hanging Rock as your backdrop.


If you’re bringing the kids, they can climb, swing and slide in the children’s playground. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times. 


Hanging Rock has its very own 1,400m racecourse and has been the home of the Hanging Rock Racing Club for over 130 years.

The first official race meeting was held at Hanging Rock on New Years Day 1886, however thoroughbred racing has been taking place at the base of the Rock on an unofficial basis from at least the 1870s and probably earlier.

Racing at Hanging Rock is held twice a year, on New Years Day and Australia Day. See Events at Hanging Rock.

Tennis courts

The Hanging Rock Tennis Club is located within the Reserve and has four plexi-pave courts available for hire on days other than competition days. To hire a court, contact the club on 0417 012 504. Entry fees apply in addition to hire fees.


Cleaning of our toilets has been increased and some toilet blocks are currently closed.

Numerous toilet blocks are located throughout the reserve. All are wheelchair (DDA) accessible, except for the block located on the east side of the Rock.