Lake Tyrrell

Lake Tyrrell is the largest (208.6 kmĀ²) of many inland Quaternary salinas (salt lakes and pans) in the Murray Basin of northwestern Victoria. The Murray Basin is a shallow geological basin that covers about 300 000 km2, across the States of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. Salt lakes are common in Australia, occurring…

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 over 3.5 million tourists a year flocking to the island to experience the iconic rocky coastal landscapes, as…

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. Victoria’s recorded gold production is in excess of…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Cape Liptrap and Waratah Bay

Waratah Bay is one of Victoria’s hidden gems, situated 160 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The bay gets its name from a ship named the SS Waratah captained by William Bell which, in the 1850s, became damaged whilst rounding Wilson’s Promontory, seeking shelter in the bay. Cape Liptrap (Figure 1) is a significant geological teaching site in…