Hanging Rock New Year’s Day Horse Races

photo from Herald Sun Newspaper

Hanging Rock is a large geological formation in central Victoria, Australia about 70kms North-East of Melbourne in the Macedon Ranges, made famous by the book and movie “Picnic at Hanging Rock”. Each year on New Year’s Day they hold a country horse race. Though last year the races were called off after the first one due to the track being unsafe. (Herald Sun). Generally it is a typical type of Country Victoria race meet, with six or so races, bookies and beer tents available, women are encouraged to wear their hats, families welcome and everyone will generally have a good time as it is very friendly. A normal sized crowd will be around 5000-6000 people.

Having a wager on the horses is a truly Australian past time, doing so in the beautiful sounds of Hanging Rock National Park is an experience not to be forgotten. Just make sure you do not bet more than you can afford to lose! Many families will bring a picnic lunch and some tables and chairs for comfort, but they are not mandatory.


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