In one of the most beautiful scenes in the film Irma (Karen Robson) stands on a rock and sways beneath the sun.
Edith wakes and yells, “Irma! Look at them! Where in the world are they going? Without their shoes!”
Irma stops dancing, jumps down from her rock, and …
… follows Miranda and Marion.
Edith runs after Irma yelling “Irma wait, wait for me, please wait, wait Irma wait!”
Later in the film Michael (Dominic Guard) scrambles up the same path yelling “Miranda, Miranda!”:
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 …”
While the location of Irma’s rock is implied by the film’s photography direction how do we really know a rock at the circular platform is the same rock Karen Robson danced upon and jumped down from? It could have been anywhere.
A production image in Joan Lindsay Picnic at Hanging Rock Limited Edition gives a slightly better view of Irma’s rock (5):
Looking at the same image there is a unique feature in the rock beneath Irma’s shoes that is highlighted below in red:
Here it is again closeup but without highlights:
The same feature is visible at the circular platform today (click to enlarge):
“Irma’s rock” now has a large eucalypt tree growing above it:
The eucalypt trunk reaches across from where Edith had been lying down.
Here’s a 1975 frame montage with a current photo (not to scale):
Karen Robson jumped down onto the “circular platform” from the same rock she had been dancing on. Here’s the same perspective of her jump taken next to the same rock today:
Here’s a 1975/present day montage (not to scale):
While Michael (Dominic Guard) was hallucinating, before scrambling up the same pathway, you could see the shadow of Irma’s rock to his left – he is lying at approximately the same place as Edith in the earlier scene:
You can step into the picture here and take a closer look at “Irma’s Rock” with this Google Maps photo sphere:
But where did the actors really go after climbing the pathway? Christine Schuler was yelling “Irma wait, wait for me, please wait, wait Irma wait!” and Dominic Guard was shouting “Miranda! Miranda!” Let’s follow Irma by jumping off “Irma’s rock” and climbing the same pathway in the video clip below!
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 “circular platform”.