Bendigo Goldfields

Bendigo is a city in regional Victoria approximately 150km northwest of the capital Melbourne. Once a bustling gold-rush settlement littered with poppet heads, mullock heaps and the deafening soundtrack of stamping batteries, Bendigo has – thanks to its golden past – transitioned into an established and grand city. The map below is interactive and can be […]

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Lake Eppalock

Millions of years ago an extensive glacier once carved its way in a northerly direction across Victoria, with only a few outcrops surviving millions of years of erosional processes. A glacier is essentially an extremely powerful frozen river of ice. As it moves over a landscape it erodes channels and valleys, literally tearing rocks from the […]

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Maria Island

Maria Island is a special place tucked away off the east coast of Tasmania, consisting of two islands separated by a narrow isthmus. It is accessed via ferry from Triabunna, kayak/boat or charted flight. The island has a rich human history, including: convicts, whaling, industry and mining as well as geological history, including: limestone cliffs, […]

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Studley Park

Structural geology is a geologist’s primary tool or language which he uses to observe and describe rocks – from the microscopic (i.e. crystallographic structures) to the macroscopic (i.e. faults and folds), and even to global scales (i.e. tectonics). Studley Park, just outside the Melbourne CBD, is the perfect place to learn some of the basic […]

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Beaumaris

Beaumaris and the wider Sandringham district – including Half Moon Bay – are home to spectacular outcrops of highly weathered Iron-rich Cenozoic (young) sandstone. This part of the coast is littered with beautiful beaches and seascapes for walkers and swimmers alike. The area first became interesting to Palaeontologists, however, in the early 1970s when a young researcher […]

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Organ Pipes National Park

The Organ Pipes National Park is just a short trip north-east of Melbourne on the Calder Freeway close to the Airport and well worth a visit. The park features a spectacular set of world-renowned basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava (below). About a million years ago mafic lava from volcanoes 6 […]

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Cathedral Range State Park

The Cathedral Range State Park is located approximately 100 km north-east of Victoria (see map below) near Taggerty, VIC. The area is popular for rock climbers, bush walkers and hikers, with a number of trails winding through the geology and rewarding 360 degree views of the landscape. The local geology of the area mostly consists of sedimentary and volcanic formations […]

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Dinosaurs in the Otways

For many years palaeontologists, locals and tourists alike have been finding and unearthing a rich history of dinosaur remains along the coast of Victoria and hardly anyone knows about it! The Otway Ranges Coastal Cretaceous site extends all the way from Lorne to Moonlight Head. Most of the locations were found by luck with someone […]

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Werribee Gorge

Werribee Gorge is the perfect place to spend a hot summers day swimming at Miekle’s Point Picnic Area, to rock climb (Falcon’s Lookout), hike through some of Melbourne’s most ancient rocks or… go fold hunting! The geology at Werribee records almost 500 million years (Ma) of Victoria’s geological history. The Ordovician turbidites shown in the figure below […]

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Buchan

Buchan, a township located in the Shire of East Gippsland 350km east of Melbourne, Victoria is an area of great geological significance in the context of Gondwanan Tectonics during the Palaeozoic. The area lies within the Lachlan Fold Belt which, 500 Ma years ago, was a region of active land accretion (i.e. a lot of Victoria was […]

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