Picnic at Hanging Rock

A few weeks ago, Raphael and I gathered up a group of our housemates to go and visit the Macedon Ranges about 1.5 hours outside of Melbourne. Our day consisted of two stops one at Hanging Rock and one at Camels Hump. Both located amongst a distinct group of rock formations, the small mountains boasted unique views over an otherwise flat landscape of vineyards and farm towns.

A small little geology lesson for all you readers….Hanging Rock is a Mamelon rock feature (French for nipple, and I can quite see why), formed as lava pushed through a narrow crack in the earth’s surface. Due to its rock composition, the formation was particularly exposed to erosion as rain fell over time. Today the area is filled with strange rock organizations which seem to defy gravity, as you walk up and around them.

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Hanging Rock made for a relatively easy climb and we were nearly alone on that Saturday morning. The rocks were impressive towering over our heads, appearing almost weightless as they stood toppled over onto one another. It was only once we descended the formation and took a pause in the Hanging Rock Museum that we found out the most fun fact of all!

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In fact, Hanging Rock is the site of a mystery when on Valentines Day 1900 a group of school girls and their teachers headed out for a picnic at the park. Just as they were about to leave, a group of girls left on a small walk. Returning back hours later than instructed, the initial group had dwindled into only one girl returning. She appeared dazed, and had no idea what had happened to the other girls. After weeks of searching none of the other girls had been found. This event marked the downfall of the school as a series of unfortunate events followed suit to the girls’ disappearance. in 1975, an Australian film was made about the bizarre event entitled “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” The film as been added to our movie bucket list, and I will be sure to let you all know how it goes!

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Onto our next stop at Mount Macedon, we parked the car and had a short lunch. As I sat munching on my chips, I looked out the window, and much to my surprise, there was a Peacock. A friend to the park, the rangers have called him “Kenneth” and he has his own PR campaign–the most famous peacock I have ever met!

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As we prepared to embark on one last small hike for the day, I left my water bottle behind (BIG mistake), and began hiking along. It was only about 2 KM into the journey, that we realized the Camel’s Hump, our targeted scenic view destination, was still another 3 KM away. Overall, it ended up being quite the affair hiking through bush, mud, and flies to arrive finally at the Camel’s Hump. Independent, I was happy to have the view! Far into the distance, I could see hanging rock.

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