“If only we could stay out all night and watch the moon rise …”

1975

Edith, Marion and Miranda step out of a passageway onto (what Joan Lindsay described as) “… an almost circular platform enclosed by rocks and boulders and a few straight saplings” (1). Lindsay continues, “Irma at once discovered a sort of porthole in one of the rocks and was gazing down fascinated at the Picnic Grounds below” (1).

Joan Lindsay referred to this area as "an almost circular platform"

Joan Lindsay referred to this area as “an almost circular platform”

Miranda follows closely behind Irma, and in both the film and the book, Irma says “If only we could stay out all night, and watch the moon rise,” (1).

porthole 1975

The Location

The scene was filmed at the same “almost circular platform enclosed by rocks and boulders and a few straight saplings” (1) that Miranda (Anne Lambert) stepped onto after telling the others “We can’t go much further …”

The “porthole” is real, and here’s the same perspective today that Karen Robson and Anne Lambert had as they moved toward it in 1975:

Porthole from behind

The photo below, taken on the opposite side, is where Peter Weir filmed Karen Robson saying “If only we could stay out all night, and watch the moon rise,”:

"If only we could stay out all night, and watch the moon rise."

“If only we could stay out all night, and watch the moon rise.”

Zooming out you can see the “circular platform” behind. Note the passageway in the centre of the picture where the characters entered the scene from:

Porthole zoomed out

Standing even further back, these shots of the porthole reveal the challenging terrain the cast and crew were working in:

Porthole zoomed further out

Porthole zoomed out even further

Step into the picture with this Google Maps photo sphere:

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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 “circular platform” or, if you don’t have 5 minutes, skip straight to the porthole and the “circular platform”.

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