Marion (Jane Vallis) stares down at the Picnic Ground and says, “Whatever can those people be doing down there, like a lot of ants? A surprising number of human beings are without purpose though it is probable they are performing some function unknown to themselves.”
Irma (Karen Robson) is also looking at the plains below:
The camera pans right and Miranda (Anne Lambert) says “Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place.”
Miranda says “Look”, the three characters turn in the opposite direction toward the Monolith, and then …
… they walk toward the Monolith:
… and lay down to sleep:
The boulders where Peter Weir filmed this scene are on a cliff edge opposite the Monolith:
You can also see these rocks behind Dominic Guard as he crawls in front of the Monolith later in the film.
If you step into the middle of these rocks you’ll see a depression in the rock surface that was next to Karen Robson. It looks something like a bow tie or “Batman’s mask”:
Here it is today:
Anne Lambert really was standing only a couple of feet to the left of Karen Robson. Standing at the same spot you can see the distinct features in the rock that were behind her in 1975:
When the actors walked toward the Monolith in 1975 various rock features were quite visible but there are now many more trees and shrubs. Red highlights have been added to the 1975 frame below to make it easier for you to recognise the comparison picture taken more recently:
Where the actors lay in 1975 is now surrounded by vegetation:
Where exactly at Hanging Rock is this? You won’t find it on the park map and you won’t find it on Street View! Like most locations in this guide I recommend you orient yourself by starting at “The Saddle” which is number 8 on the park map.
Watch the full video below to find how to get from the “The Saddle” to the rocks where Miranda said “Everything begins and ends at exactly the right time and place” or if you don’t have 5 minutes, skip straight to the rocks.