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Naturally everyone has heard of Ayers Rock in Central Australia and even Wave Rock in Western Australia, but did you know that Australia has some remarkable rocks elsewhere? I was awestruck by some of the interesting rock formations that I saw during my travels around Australia.
So here they are:
Albany in the south west of Western Australia has some wind swept and wave battered rocky granite headlands and a couple of interesting rocky crevasses. At Torndirrup National Park, windswept coastal heaths give way to massive granite outcrops, sheer cliffs and steep sandy slopes and dunes. The Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity.
Esperance on the south coast of Western Australia has some of the most pristine and unspoilt coastline in Australia featuring the 105 islands of the Recherche Archipelago. The islands are generally composed of granite outcrops.
Cape La Grand, 45 minutes east of Esperance, is a sprawling National Park where massive granite and gneiss peaks rise from the coastal plain. If you scale the 262m high Frenchman Peak you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the park and islands in the Recherche Archipelago.
The Coastal Cliffs of Kalbarri run along the coast where wind and wave erosion has exposed the sedimentary layers in the sandstone cliffs that plunge more than 100 metres to the ocean. The Kalbarri National Park surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80 km gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window, The Loop and Z-Bend.
Green Pools in the William Bay National Park, Denmark is a naturally formed pool enclosed by rows of dome-shaped granite boulders and a popular place to swim or snorkel. Elephant Rocks in Elephant Cove, William Bay National Park are clusters of tall, round-topped granite rocks towers and to many people looks like a herd of Elephants wading in the water.
Yardie Creek Gorge in the Cape Range National Park fringes the infamous Ningaloo Reef and is a gorge carved out by an ancient river with steep sided cliffs.
The Pinnacles are limestone formations contained within Nambung National Park, near the town of Cervantes. A walk through this desert-like landscape has been likened to a walk on the moon.
Australia does have remarkable rocks carved out of nature and the ferocity of our harsh climate. I can’t wait to bring you more of these in part 2.
For more incredible photos of Australia take a look in travel under categories on my website. Also take a look at Redz Australia Aussie ABC: R is for Rocks
Do you know of any other places in Australia that have remarkable rocks?
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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