Waterbody at Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges (2023)

One of the most beautiful places I have visited in Victoria is the Macedon Ranges. Home to the infamously famous Hanging Rock, these mountain ranges are extremely pretty and is truly worth exploring. You can do a Hanging Rock Summit Hike that takes you through spectacular views and trail.

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About Macedon Ranges

Macedon Ranges, which is a collection of villages and natural landscapes, is in the state of Victoria in Australia. Mount Macedon Memorial Cross and the Hanging Rock are the iconic landmarks within the Macedon Ranges. Known for its amazing forests and food, the ranges spread over an area of 1748 square kilometres.

Hanging Rock Summit Hike Trail in Macedon Ranges

How to get to Macedon Ranges?

The Macedon Ranges is around 70 kilometres from Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) and takes 1 hour to reach by car. The VLine service between Melbourne (Southern Cross train station) and Bendigo stops at Macedon train station. From Macedon train station, there is no public transport to get to Mount Macedon.

About Hanging Rock

The Hanging Rock or Mount Diogenes is a rare volcanic formation and is a mamelon (round structure) created by eruption of thick or stiff lava through a narrow vent in the bedrock. It is believed to have been formed about 6.25 million years ago.

The distance between Melbourne and Hanging Rock is 77 kilometres and it takes 1 hour 10 minutes to drive between the places.

With the parrot Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

The Hanging Rock was an inspiration for the setting for novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, written by the author Joan Lindsay. Joan Lindsay was an Australian novelist, from Frankston in Victoria. This novel was set in 1900s and it talked about the disappearance of three schoolgirls during their visit to the site. Even though the novel was fictional, it is believed that the novel was based off on the set of true events and hence the infamously famous Hanging Rock.

Kangaroo at Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

About Hanging Rock Summit Hike

The summit lies 718 metres above sea level. Hanging Rock contains many significant rock formations, one the Hanging Rock itself that is over the path to the summit. There is also another rock in a shape of a heart that is stuck between two big boulders.

Did you know that New South Wales (NSW) also had a Hanging Rock in the Blue Mountains?

Heart Shaped Rock at Macedon Ranges
Heart Shaped Rock

Hanging Rock Summit Hike details

The hike includes climbing to the summit and back. The views from the summit of the Hanging Rocks is extremely pretty and has a great panoramic views of the region.

  • Starting point: Hanging rock picnic area.
  • Ending point: Hanging rock picnic area.
  • Type of walk: Return.
  • Distance: 3 kilometres return.
  • Time required: 1.5 hours.
  • Grade: Moderate.
  • Public transport: None.

You can see llamas at the nearby farm and the kangaroos by the picnic area. Also, if you are into hiking and love outdoors, you can do the hikes such as 1000 Steps, Mount Bishop in Wilsons Prom, Upper Yarra Goldfields Circuit Walk, and Hike between Forget me not plants.

With the Llama - Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

One Day Tour to Hanging Rock in Macedon Ranges details

I had taken a one day tour to Macedon Ranges especially the Hanging Rock. The tour was booked through Viator. And the tour had costed me AUD 65 per adult including the transportation (pick up and drop at Federation Square, Melbourne).

For more one day trip ideas and places to visit from Melbourne, refer the section, One day trips from Melbourne.

  • Note: It looks like the tour provider that I had gone with no longer run tours to Macedon Ranges.
  • You can book the tours through GetYourGuide too for a hassle free day.
  • Ensure to check on their website for up to date information on the tours and prices.
Double Rainbow at Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

Safety for solo female travelers

The Macedon Ranges and the Hanging Rock is extremely safe for solo female travelers. However, be cautious and know your surroundings especially at nights. Also, it is advisable to go on a hike with a buddy, just so you are prepared for any unforeseen or uncalled situations.

On the Summit - Hanging Rock Summit Hike in Macedon Ranges

Closing Notes

The hike to the summit of Hanging Rock is totally worth it and it makes a great one day trip from Melbourne. I wish to go back someday and see more of the Macedon Ranges and the mountains in it.

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