Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock(03) 5422 1866



Hanging Rock



Racing at Hanging Rock is held twice a year on New Years Day and on Australia Day and attracts around 7000 to 8000 people per meeting and has in the past attracted crowds over the years of up to 25,000 per meeting. 

The first official race meeting was held at the iconic Hanging Rock on New Years Day 1886, however thoroughbred racing has been taking place at the base of the Rock on an unofficial basis from at lest the 1870’s and probably earlier. 

Hanging Rock which overlooks the racecourse was created 6.25 million years ago by volcanic magna and was the basis for the 1975 feature film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” directed by Peter Weir.

Racing at the Rock is considered by most people as a very unique experience, the best that Country Racing can offer, a true Aussie Day Out and a must for the “Bucket List”


1879 New Years Day
In 1878 sporting farmers of the district arranged for a better racecourse to be built on the eastern side of the rock and in 1879 included in the sports day was a race entirely for the 2 y/o progeny of “Peter Finn” a stallion belonging to William Peters, committee member and also the judge on the day.
Excerpt from “The Hanging Rock” Marion Hutton

1912 New Years Day
Dawned with a crowd of 20,000 at the Rock. The track had been increased in length from 5 to 7 furlongs. The Age reported “ the sun bathed the scene in brilliance as it flicked the caps and the colours of the jockeys, the warm light rested on white tablecloths spread unevenly on the ground covered with poultry, sandwiches, fruits and other picnic fare. The last race was run at 6 o’clock and it was not till the late moon rose its shining face above the Camels Hump that the last picnickers drove slowly away from the grounds

1915-1916 New Years Day
Sir Arthur and Lady Stanley attended in 1916 when Lady Stanley entered into the spirit of the occasion by placing a bet on “Lucky Bean”, who duly won the cup for the second time. ”Lucky Bean” known as the “Carbine of the Bush” was a local hero, owned by Paddy O’Connor of Pastoria and spent his spare time rounding up cattle and sheep on his owners property. Not that he had a lot of spare time. Lucky Bean raced 165 times for 46 wins over eight years, his first campaign as a three year old and his last as a ten year old. As a six year old he started 41 times for 14 wins. His other results included two Kyneton Cups, two Gisborne Cups and two Leongatha Cups.

1989 New Years Day
Silver Shark wins the Hanging Rock Cup for the first of his 3 wins in the race. Trained by K.Rogerson at Epsom and ridden by Bendigo jockey R.Burgess recently back from overseas. The Shark went on to win two further Hanging Rock Cups as well as a Darwin Cup (1991)
Cairns Cup (1992) and Alice Springs Cup (1993). Close on 25,000 people attended
the races in beautiful weather with the temperatures in low 30’s.

2011 Australia Day
The 2011 Australia Day race meeting was abandoned on the day due to an invasion of the race track by a group of our friendly Kangaroo’s who wanted to be part of all the action and refused to depart. Mind you, it didn’t seem to concern the 6000 plus crowd with the majority of the crowd remaining on site for the day enjoying all the rock has to offer. 



The Hanging Rock Racecourse is situated at the base of the iconic Hanging Rock which is located within the beautiful Macedon Ranges, South Rock Road, Woodend and is only an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Bendigo and Ballarat. The easiest way to access to Hanging Rock Racecourse via vehicle is via either the Calder Freeway turning off at Woodend or via the Hume Highway turning off at Kilmore.

The Club will have shuttle buses running to and from the Woodend Train Station to meet V Line Trains on the Bendigo and Melbourne Lines at a cost of $5 per person. The Woodend Station is located only 7km from Hanging Rock and VLine have train and ticket entry packages available for purchase by calling 136 196.




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Renew your Kyneton & Hanging Rock Racing Club Membership online now for only $125 (pro-rata) and enjoy the following benefits:

CLICK HERE to purchase your Membership.

  • A membership pass and guest pass, providing access to all 14 meetings held at Kyneton or Hanging Rock
  • A discount of around 10% on all event day marquee & dining packages
  • Special Members Beverage Prices (at the Mounting Yard Bar, Campaspe Room & Jack Styring Bar)
  • Exclusive access to a Members/Owners/Trainers areas on major event days (this area will be a shared with the public on non key event days)
  • The ability to purchase additional access passes to Members Area on major event days. 
  • Members Race Day
  • Reciprocal rights to Echuca, Benalla, Bendigo and Wyong (excludes Benalla Cup Day, Bendigo Cup Day, Golden Mile Day and Melbourne Cup Day at Echuca).  
  • On-line Members Newsletters to keep you informed about your Club and upcoming race days
  • Voting rights at the AGM





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Getting there

ADDRESS Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve, South Rock Road, Woodend, VIC
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE AIRPORT 70km - less than 1 hours drive
Many groups charter their own bus to come to the races which is a great idea however we recomend you pre purchase your entry ticket for every person on the bus (excluding bus driver) to ensure easy access to the site. 

For group bookings you can call Organs Bus Lines on 5422 1788
Located in the beautifull Macedon Ranges and approximately an hours drive from Melb, Bendigo and Ballarat, The Rock is situated between Woodend and Romsey and is easy to get to by car or train (Woodend Station). The address is South Rock Road Hesket, Victoria 3442, Melway Reference A 79. Remember dogs are not allowed in the racecourse on racedays. 
By car from Melbourne, either take the Calder Freeway to Woodend, and then following the signs to Hanging Rock. Or take the Tullamarine Freeway to Romsey and turn left into Woodend Road. When you are close to Hanging Rock there are plenty of signs showing you how to get to the races’ parking area.

There are shuttle buses running between Woodend Station to the Hanging Rock Races. The buses will meet the trains arriving at Woodend from Southern Cross Station & Bendigo and take you straight to the race course.  A FEE OF $5 will be charged for this service

Please check the VLine web site for train departures, arivals and other relevant information

Alluring mountains, abundant wildlife, beautiful gardens, historic towns, antiques, arts, local produce, cold climate wineries, crafts and mineral springs are but a few of the many delights to be enjoyed close to Hanging Rock. Your RACING AT THE ROCK ticket also allows you access to the Hanging Rock reserve. 


Our prefered accomodation partners are the Glen Erin Vineyard Retreat located in Lancefield (03) 5429 1041 or or call Macedon Ranges Visitor Information on 5427 2033

SHUTTLE BUS FEE FROM WOODEND STATION: $5 (includes return travel).  CLICK HERE to view Shuttle Bus Timetable

Contact us

Hanging Rock Racing Club

Hanging Rock Reserve

South Rock Rd, Hesket 3442



Club Manager - Jon Dight

Event Manager - Cait Ashdown

Track Manager - Steve Schmidt

Administration Assistant - Sue Hollins


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