Kooyoora State Park

The Kooyoora State Park is located approximately 220 km north-west of Melbourne between Wedderburn and Rheola (Figure 1). The park owes its popularity to the Melville Caves, a rocky outcrop which provides a huge variety of recreational opportunities including bushwalking, rock climbing, camping and picnicking. Rocky outcrops play an important role in early colonial history, […]

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Phillip Island

Phillip Island is located in Western Port, approximately 120 km south-east of Melbourne. The island is rich in history, both human and natural – over 500 million years of it! Nature is a huge draw point, with tourists (over 3.5 million a year!) flocking to the island to experience the iconic rocky coastal landscapes, as […]

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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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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 outdoors: swimming at Miekle’s Point Picnic Area, rock climbing at Falcons Lookout, hiking through some of Melbourne’s most ancient rocks or… fold hunting! The geology at Werribee records almost 500 million years (Ma) of Victoria’s geological history. The oldest rocks in the park are the Ordovician […]

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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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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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