Hanging Rock, Tourism Victoria

Population 3166

During the gold rushes of the 1850s, travellers sought refuge from mud, bogs and bushrangers at the 'wood's end' around Five Mile Creek, where a town eventually grew. In the late 19th century Woodend became a resort town, and its lovely gardens and proximity to spectacular natural sights, such as Hanging Rock and Mount Macedon, still make it a popular daytrip and weekend getaway for visitors from Melbourne.

Visitor Information

119 High St; (03) 5427 2033 or 1800 244 711


Nearby national parks

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

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  • Kinglake National Park

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  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Daylesford

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  • Bacchus Marsh

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In Town

Bluestone Bridge: built in 1862, the bridge crosses Five Mile Creek on the northern outskirts of town.

Clock Tower: built as a WW I memorial; Calder Hwy.

Courthouse: historic structure built in 1870; Forest St.


Hanging Rock There is certainly something eerie about Hanging Rock with its strange rock formations, created by the erosion of solidified lava, and narrow tracks through dense bushland. Hanging Rock is renowned for the annual races held at its base, especially the New Year's Day and Australia Day races.

Macedon Ranges wine region This is mainland Australia’s coolest wine region and produces some very good sparkling wine. Read more

Macedon: a town at the foot of Mt Macedon. Home to the Church of the Resurrection, with stained-glass windows designed by Leonard French, and excellent plant nurseries; 8 km SE.

Mt Macedon: a township located higher up the mountain, 2 km from Macedon, renowned for its beautiful gardens, many open to the public in autumn and spring.

Macedon Regional Park: bushwalking and scenic drives. The Camels Hump marks the start of a signposted walk to the summit of the mountain where there stands a huge WW I memorial cross. Access via turn-off after Mt Macedon township.

Gisborne: a variety of craft outlets. Gisborne Steam Park holds a steam-train rally each May; 16 km SE.

Glen Erin at Romsey/Cope-Williams Winery: tastings and sales, surrounded by charming English-style gardens, tennis courts and a cricket green; Romsey; 19 km E.

Lancefield: historic buildings and wineries. Mad Gallery and Bankart Gallery offer contemporary and fine art, respectively. The town is also home to a woodchopping competition in Mar and a farmers market, for local produce, 4th Sat each month; 25 km NE.

Monegeetta: in town is the Mintaro Homestead, a smaller replica of Melbourne's Government House, but not open to the public; 27 km E via Romsey.

Fishing spots near town

Maribyrnong River 60 km

The age-old adage about the grass supposedly being greener somewhere else applies to fishing around Melbourne. Many anglers who head out of town do so because they don’t believe any serious fishing is possible... Find out more

Yarra River 62 km

Mulloway are one of the most sought and least caught Victorian species. Anglers often put in hundreds of hours in unsuccessful quests for a trophy of this enigmatic species. During autumn, reports tell of mulloway being... Find out more

Altona to Williamstown 64 km

The skyline stretching around the shore from Altona to Williamstown provides an unlikely backdrop for top fishing. Industry dominates, in particular refineries, with flames burning off gases. However, anglers who fish... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Melbourne Zoo 60 km

Melbourne has a choice of two excellent zoos: Melbourne Zoo, with more than 320 species on display; and the 225-hectare open range zoo at Werribee, about 30 minutes drive from the city centre (access from the Princes... Find out more

Brisbane Ranges National Park 61 km

With a vibrant koala population, this relatively small national park only 80 kilometres west of Melbourne has picnic areas, walking tracks through rocky gorges and a basic camping area.... Find out more

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, Ballarat 63 km

This carbon-neutral business in Ballarat runs small, personalised tours of no more than six people in the Goldfields region, with three themes – wild nature, gold history and heritage, and food and wine.... Find out more

Mountain-biking around Melbourne 64 km

With 20 kilometres of tracks developed by the Mountain Bike Association of Australia, Lysterfield Lake Park has something for all standard of mountain-biker, including family-friendly loops and exciting single-track... Find out more

Indigenous tours - Melbourne 65 km

To grasp what Melbourne was like before the skyscrapers arrived you can take a two-hour Koori Heritage Trust walking tour. You will gain an insight into Indigenous history and the natural and cultural landscape of the... Find out more

Cycling around Melbourne 66 km

Melbourne has an active cycling community that has helped develop and establish some great routes and a network of cycle paths. One of the best sources of information is Bicycle Victoria. One option is to hop on the Main... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Eynesbury Golf Club 48 km

Some golf courses, Graham Marsh believes, are created not with strategy in mind, but simply with the aim of penalising bad shots. ‘We are pitching golf at a level that is just too difficult,’ he says.... Find out more

Sanctuary Lakes Resort 63 km

Greg Norman stood on the balcony of a second-storey building in the late 1990s and surveyed the vast plain of salty wasteland before him. Beside him was Bob Harrison, chief course architect of Greg Norman Golf Design.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Campaspe Country House

There is always a warm country welcome at this gracious manor house, where the kitchen philosophy promotes and champions local and regional produce. You will usually find smallgoods from Istra in Musk, trout and lamb... Find out more

Holgate Brewhouse

This imposing two-storey red brick hotel used to be a coach stop 150 years ago, serving the route from Melbourne to the goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo. Part of the old stables remain and are today used for storage.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Holgate Brewhouse

Paul and Natasha Holgate have travelled a decidedly different path to most other craft-brewery operators over the past decade or so. They started brewing ales from a shed adjacent to their family home in Woodend in the... Find out more

3 Ravens Brewing Company 63 km

This microbrewery began operating from the basement of the successful Thornbury-based engineering company Zetkin and has proved to be an interesting diversion or sideline for the principal business. Some of the company... Find out more

Foster's Group (Abbotsford Brewery) 65 km

Re-branded as the Foster’s Group in the 21st century, Carlton & United Breweries was formed in 1907 through an amalgamation of the city’s six largest beer-makers: McCrackens City Brewery, Victoria... Find out more

Mountain Goat Brewery 67 km

Kicking off in 1997, home-brewer Dave Bonighton and music industry booking agent Cam Hines proved that two good mates can start a successful microbrewery with no money, but with unlimited enthusiasm, dogged perseverance... Find out more

Campsites around town

Firth Park camping area 14 km

Firth Park is an old sawmill site in the northern section of Wombat State Forest; there are visible remnants of the logging that was done here. There’s plenty of room for tents, but the space available for caravans... Find out more

Upper Chadwick Campground 19 km

The camping area at Upper Chadwick is on the border between Lerderderg State Park and Wombat State Forest, close to O’Briens Crossing – continue east from the crossing on O’Briens Rd and then head north... Find out more

O’Briens Crossing camping area 22 km

O’Briens Crossing is a lovely picnic spot in the north of the park. From here you can walk west to Shaws Lake and Sweets Lookout. Experienced bushwalkers should consider shadowing the Lerderderg River across the... Find out more

Blackwood Mineral Springs Caravan Park 23 km

Blackwood struck it big (albeit briefly) as a goldmining area in the 1850s and visitors can still pan for gold here. They can also take numerous walks in the area, including to the springs, along the Lerderderg River and... Find out more

Bush camping (walk-in camping) 29 km

Walk-in camping is allowed within the conservation zone that covers most of the park; confirm which areas you can stay in with the rangers. Remember that the river can rise quickly after heavy rain, which will affect... Find out more

Bush camping 29 km

Permitted within the forest. Contact ranger for details.... Find out more

Warburtons Bridge camping area 33 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more

Vaughan Springs camping area 35 km

There’s only space at Vaughan Springs for a few caravans and a half-dozen tents, so get there early if you want to stay during holiday periods. To the north are the old Spring Gully Junction Mine and a walk along... Find out more

Mount Franklin Reserve camping area 35 km

The crater of the extinct Mt Franklin volcano makes a wonderful setting for an overnight camp. Separated from Hepburn Regional Park proper by the Midlands Hwy, the reserve is an enclave of large conifers that makes a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Melbourne BIG4 Holiday Park 57 km

This is a tourist park in a quiet area of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, just 9 km from Melbourne’s CBD. The park has relatively easy access to the Hume Highway and other northern approaches and is a popular... Find out more

A Welcome Stranger Holiday Park 61 km

Located 2.5 km east of Ballarat, this is a good quality park in a quiet, easily accessible area. The park has a large number of sites, a heated pool, a spa, minigolf, an adventure playground and a tennis court. We... Find out more

Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park 63 km

Centrally located (2 km from the city centre) and easily accessible, this quality park has a wide range of accommodation and very good facilities, including a heated pool and spa, and bathrooms for children and families.... Find out more

Goulburn River Tourist Park 65 km

This park is about 1 km from the town centre in a quiet off-highway location on the banks of the Goulburn River. The park offers good clean facilities and is easily accessible. There are canoes for hire. Bookings... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Campaspe Country House

Staying at this award-winning country retreat in the Macedon Ranges is like being a guest at a friend’s country manor house. The welcome is warm, the ambience country perfect, with enough polish and style to know... Find out more

Holgate Brewhouse

Originally a Cobb & Co stopover between Melbourne and the goldfields of Bendigo, this imposing solid brick building has been refurbished by the current owners to offer stylish accommodation in 10 queen-size bedrooms,... Find out more

Woodbury Cottage B&B

As cute as it gets, these converted stables make a charming country cottage. Self-contained, it nestles quietly on rambling country gardens in the foothills of beautiful Mount Macedon. Decorated in simple but fetching... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 53 km

This strawbale house won a Most Energy Efficient Home award (North West Region) when it was built. More than 1000 trees have been planted on the property since it was purchased, and it is now an alpaca stud. The B&B,... Find out more

Alto Hotel on Bourke 64 km

Although it is not doing anything radical, this plush hotel on Bourke Street is one of the most ecologically aware in Melbourne, and should be commended for its power-saving measures, garbage sorting, supply of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Franklin rest area 35 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.

Vaughan Springs camping area 35 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.

Jessie Kennedy rest area 41 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Ravenswood rest area 56 km

20km S of Bendigo (R) or 130km N of Melbourne (L)

Just off the highway.

Slaty Creek camping area 57 km

T/O at Creswick

Small secluded campground located 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Creswick via Bungaree, Slaty Creek and Petticoat rds.

Creswick South rest area 58 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Jock Comini rest area 58 km

18km S of Bendigo (L) or 132km N of Melbourne (R)

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Clarendon rest area 62 km

26km S of Ballarat (R) or 60km N of Geelong (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway behind some shady trees.

Happy Jacks rest area 66 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.

Trawool rest area 67 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Craft market: 3rd Sun each month Sept–May.

Woodend Winter Arts Festival: June.

Macedon Ranges Budburst Festival: held throughout the wine district; Nov.

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