The hanging rock route is labeled as intermediate, although I found it to be more difficult in certain places. There are many steps to climb, some of which are rather steep. Then there are the numerous rocks to climb over and around, which can be difficult. Finally, you have to hang from a rope attached to a large rock for about 30 minutes until help arrives.
Hanging Rock is one of those areas that not only looks challenging but also feels like it would be very hard to be rescued if needed. This isn't just a simple hike or climb at all; it's serious adventure travel territory.
However, even though the rock is difficult to climb on, there are some easy routes available if you know where to look. The best place to start is usually the top of the cliff since there aren't any dangerous movements once you're up there. From here you can see the whole trail system so it's easy to find your way back if you get lost.
People often ask me how safe this activity is. Like any other sport or recreational activity, falling rocks and trees can happen at any time during any weather condition. If you're not prepared for these things then they could easily cause injury or death.
Also, people sometimes misjudge their ability to handle high levels of stress and anxiety.
The hike's difficulty may be classified as moderate since it includes a section where you must climb vertical rock that is 2 to 3 meters high. Climbing safety: keep an eye out for fossil rocks. Because their structure is quite thin in certain locations, search for thicker surfaces before treading on them. It is also important to use caution not to slip.
Fossil rock is made up of particles from animals and plants that were once alive but have been buried under layers of sediment. Over time, the pressure of more sediments being laid on top of them causes the minerals within the rock to become compressed. This creates structures that can be seen with the naked eye or with a microscope.
Some fossils are very old, while others are fairly new. For example, dinosaurs fell into extinction about 66 million years ago (mya), but their bones are still visible today under different continents. On the other hand, humans have only been around for about 200,000 years, but our influence on the environment is already changing many places across the world.
Fossils can help us learn about past climates, sea levels, and other things about our planet that would otherwise be impossible to determine. They are also useful for finding evidence of evolution over time. There have been many discoveries made using fossil evidence that change how we think about modern-day animals or plants.
This is the traditional route to the summit of the stunning Hanging Rock. The hike may be finished in a short amount of time, but leave an hour to investigate the rock formations and take in the views. The hike is also pretty hilly, which is fantastic for getting your heart rate up, but you may want to take a break on the way up. The trail is mostly clear except when it rains, when some parts may need to be wet cleaned.
The total distance from Melbourne city center to the top of Hanging Rock is about 6 miles (10 km). You can walk or cycle this route in just under an hour, but you could also drive or take a bus - the journey takes longer by car.
Hiking is a great way to see more of the city than its central business district, and if you get lost on your way to the top of the rock you have experienced exactly what millions of Melburnians do every year. However, if you want to see the city from above its best not to go alone, especially in the evenings when there are many street performers who will keep you entertained along the way.
The history of hiking as a sport in Australia dates back to 1872 when British soldiers used the walks at Victoria's Royal Park as their form of exercise during peacetime. It wasn't until much later that Australians started exploring their own country with hikes becoming popular again after World War II. Today, hiking is one of the most popular activities in Melbourne and surrounds.