Vacation At Hanging Rock

November 17, 2011 by
Filed under: Travel 

Another engaging place to visit in the Macedon Ranges is Hanging Rock and with Campervan Hire Australia, dropping in for a visit is easy. Hanging Rock is so named for it’s engaging shape, but is otherwise called Mt. Diogenes and is a component of a recreation reserve now managed by Local Government. It is a extremely popular picnic spot for locals and visitors alike, as well as being the focus of the 1975 Australian motion picture classic, ‘Picnic At Hanging Rock ‘ when a grouping of schoolgirls went missing at the rock in 1911.

Aside from the movie, there's a lot of native flora and fauna to take a look at as well as exploring the rocks themselves. The Hanging Rock Cup and Races happens there every year on New Years Day, so take care to drop in if you're in the area at that time. The picnic races on Jan 1st, actually started in the 1880′s and are still as well regarded as ever.

The reserve itself is reasonably large and includes ovals and tennis courts, grass areas, as well as barbecues and picnic tables across the reserve. A climb up to the pinnacle of the rocks is a must and the view from the top is certainly worth the effort. On the way up, you'll pass some engaging rock formations like Stonehenge, McDonald’s Lookout and The Eagle.

The rocks were also a favourite haunt of one of Australia’s more bloodthirsty bushrangers, ‘Mad Dan (Dog) Morgan ‘ during the 1860′s and Morgan’s Blood Waterfall and Morgan’s Lookout are named after him. It is assumed that there's something quite puzzling about Hanging Rock due to the organisation with a killing bushranger and the missing schoolgirls.

If you prefer the confusing angle to Hanging Rock, there are night tours of the rocks available to cater for people that are so inclined. Otherwise, enjoy through the area or perhaps pick up some information about how and when the rock formations cropped up.

This text was written by Anton Maverick who has travelled Australia at length by campervan he reccomends when touring the southern states either campervan Hire Sydney or campervan hire Melbourne good luck with your travels.

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