Plan your visit
Hanging Rock is open seven days a week, 9am to 5pm* (*Later in summer months, weather permitting.)
The entrance gate closes at 4pm.
The reserve is closed on Christmas Day and on Catastrophic Fire Danger days in Central District.
For cafe opening hours, visit the Hanging Rock Café website
The Hanging Rock Discovery Centre is now open 9am to 5pm.
139 South Rock Road, Woodend VIC 3442
Hanging Rock is located about one hour's drive (80kms) north of Melbourne. It is easily accessed from either:
- the Calder Freeway (A79), by turning off at the Woodend, Lancefield, Romsey (C324) exit and follow the Hanging Rock directional signage.
- via the township of Mount Macedon.
- the Hume Highway (M31), by turning off at Kilmore and travelling through Lancefield or Wallan via Romsey.
Find out more about tours and transport around the Macedon Ranges at visitmacedonranges.com
If you are visiting Hanging Rock for a concert, see Hanging Rock Concerts website for information regarding transport, parking and shuttle buses.
Fees and annual passes
Reasonable entry fees apply when visiting Hanging Rock. 100 per cent of all income received is used for the maintenance, development and care of this unique and natural Australian icon.
- $10 per car
- $5 per motorbike
- $5 per pedestrian
- $20 per minibus
- $50 per coach
Fees are payable before leaving the reserve. There is a ticket machine located outside the cafe that accepts cash and credit cards. You will need to scan this ticket at the gate when leaving the reserve.
Separate entry fees apply on specific event days such as race meetings, concerts, car display and other selected events.
Access to the Summit Walk is not permitted on days where winds over 40km/h are forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology. The reserve and picnic areas are still open on these days, and the café hours will be unchanged.
If you visit Hanging Rock often, you can purchase an annual pass.
This pass will allow to access to the Rock during normal opening hours, excluding major event days.
Your dog/s are welcome at the reserve (excluding major event days) but they must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are not permitted to ascend the Rock on the Summit Walk as it is home to many native animals.
Film shoots and drone filming
Hanging Rock is a popular location for commercial film shoots and filming with drones.
Film shoot permissions are assessed on an individual basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for all filming requests.
Drones are not permitted to be flown at Hanging Rock without prior written permission. Find out more about the application process.
Hanging Rock concerts
If you are visiting Hanging Rock for a concert, refer to the official Hanging Rock Concerts website for information about transport, parking and shuttle buses.