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 across Victoria play an important role in early…

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…

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…

Organ Pipes National Park

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

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…