Starting near the Hanging Rock Discovery Centre on Racecourse Road, Woodend, this walk takes you to Hanging Rock and back via the Summit Walk. Enjoy this walk that takes you past unusual rock formations and peculiar trees, ascending to the 105-metre summit where there are bird's-eye views over the surrounding flat plain and farmland. Hanging Rock, also known as Mount Diogenes or Ngannelong, is a rare volcanic formation created by an upheaval of lava millions of years ago. Located on the boundary of three Aboriginal groups, the area was a sacred place for meetings and ceremonies for over 26,000 years. Famously known as the setting for the novel and film "Picnic at Hanging Rock", ‘The Rock’ hosts various events throughout the year and is a cultural icon for visitors and locals alike. Visit the Discovery Centre to learn about the fascinating background on the area's history and geology, with interpretive displays and informative panels. Dogs are not allowed on the walk, but are allowed on a lead around the carpark area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.