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Sunday November 18th 2018

Picnic At Hanging Rock | 1975

Picnic At Hanging Rock filming location: Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria
Picnic At Hanging Rock location: the girls disappear on a day out: Hanging Rock, Woodend, Victoria | Photograph: Wikimedia / Sardaka

In turn-of-the-century Australia, three schoolgirls and one of their teachers inexplicably disappear while on a school trip. As in Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura, the mystery is never solved.

Hanging Rock, the destination for the trip, is a striking rock formation near Woodend, on the A79 Calder Freeway about 50 miles northwest of Melbourne in Victoria. It’s a volcanic feature known as a mamelon (French for nipple), formed when a stiff type of lava is squeezed through a narrow vent in the earth and solidifies before it can flow away.

The nearby extinct 3,320-foot volcano, Mount Macedon, gives excellent views of the rocks.

Picnic At Hanging Rock filming location: Martindale Hall, Manoora Road, Martindale, South Australia
Picnic At Hanging Rock location: ‘Appleyard Girls’ School’: Martindale Hall, Manoora Road, Martindale, South Australia | Photograph: wikimedia / Marionlad

‘Appleyard Girls’ School’ is Martindale Hall Historic Museum, a 19th Century mansion in the Clare Valley near Mintaro, South Australia. The hall, located in the 45-acre Martindale Hall Conservation Park, is open to day visitors every day of the year, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.