Edith, Marion, Irma and Miranda, have been exploring a passageway within the Rock.
There are slow motion shots as Miranda pauses to look at her surroundings:
As Miranda reaches the end of the passageway, she turns and says, “We can’t go much further. We promised Mam’selle, we wouldn’t be long away.”
The characters step out onto (what Joan Lindsay described as) “… an almost circular platform enclosed by rocks and boulders and a few straight saplings.” (1)
You’ll find this passageway really does open out onto the “circular platform”. This is where Miranda said “we can’t go much further.”
Peter Weir filmed the actors approximately 20 metres down the passageway from the “circular platform”.
Step into the passageway with this Google Maps photo sphere:
Unfortunately there’s no way to climb up to get the same overhead perspective. However, you can still walk down the passageway in the actors’ footsteps.
To see this specific location it’s easier to start your walk down the passageway from where the scene ended at the “circular platform”.
You can confirm you’ve found the end of the passageway by looking closely below at the “J” shaped groove in the rock surface and the “dog-tooth” feature above it:
Here’s the same feature in today:
Continue walking down the passageway and you’ll immediately see where Anne Lambert paused during the slow motion shots. Look closely at the “X” shaped markings in the wall, you can see those in the film quite clearly:
The second frame can be identified by the ridges on the far wall. You can see those above Anne Lambert in the film:
Where Anne Lambert rested her hand (red highlight above) is also where she posed for this famous still (below):
Here’s a similar perspective today (click to enlarge):
Turning slightly right, here’s the actors’ perspective as they walked from left to right through this part of the passageway:
The Joan Lindsay Picnic at Hanging Rock Limited Edition book shows a picture of Karen Robson (Irma) posing inside the same rock formation (9):
Here’s the same perspective in today:
There’s also an excellent outtake held at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia showing Karen Robson inside the rock formation as the girls pass by:
How do we know Anne Lambert (Miranda) and the others really did walk along this passageway and exit onto an “almost circular platform”? Let’s walk up the passageway to the “circular platform” and look through the “porthole” just like Irma and Miranda:
Finally, here’s where Anne Lambert reached the end of the passageway and said “We can’t go much further”:
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 passageway.