Plan your visit

Opening hours

7 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 Code Red Fire danger days in Central District.

COVID restrictions and changes

  • Hanging Rock Reserve has modified its operating conditions and has a new COVIDSafe Plan in place.
  • All visitors will need to sign-in for mandatory contact tracing purposes.

For updates on the status of Hanging Rock Reserve, refer to COVID-19 Travel Advice for the Macedon Ranges | Visit Macedon Ranges  

Visitors to the reserve are asked to practice good hand hygiene, maintain appropriate physical distancing and to stay home if they are unwell. Increased cleaning of facilities will be in place.

The Hanging Rock Café is open under modified arrangements to normal. For up-to-date information, like the café on Facebook or Instagram

The Hanging Rock Discovery Centre is now open 9am to 5pm.

Contact us 

To speak with our team, call (03) 5422 0387 during office hours, or call the ranger on 0418 373 032.

Getting there

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.

Fees 

  • $10 per car / motorbike
  • $4 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. 

Annual passes

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.

Dogs

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. Please email hangingrock@mrsc.vic.gov.au 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.