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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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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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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Daylesford Mineral Springs

The town of Daylesford is located in the Goldfield’s Region of Victoria, a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne CBD. It is a place of indulgence and relaxation, chocolates, bookstores, scenic trails and very cool geology! The main attraction to the area, however, are the natural mineral springs which are dotted around the Daylesford area (see map below). There […]

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Kitty Miller Bay, Philip Island

Kitty Miller Bay is a small bay located in the SW corner of Philip Island – a two hour drive from Melbourne CBD. It’s not just any beach though, littered all along the shore line you’ll find some of the oldest rocks Melbourne has to offer, greenstones from the Ediacaran (580 Ma)! The same greenstones […]

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Eagle Rock, Aireys Inlet

Eagle Rock is an hour and a half hour drive from Melbourne CBD and a perfect place to visit as part of a road trip along the Great Ocean Road or even a day trip to the beach! The area is also one of two Marine National Parks in the Central Victoria bioregion. The cliffs (pictured) […]

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