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EXCURSION TO SOUTHERN FLEURIEU: Geology by boat and Big Gorge

Saturday-Sunday 25-26th March.

Leaders: Rob Kirk and Ian Lewis
Contact: Kym Dixon (kymdixon1@bigpond.com)

The FGC ran a very popular “geology from a boat” in March 2017. During a 4 hour trip, the boat travelled from Wirrina to Cape Jervis and back – travelling at a pace so to allow us commentate and discuss the cliff formations. The boat can get in close to the cliffs for good sightseeing with photo opportunities.
A survey of our members earlier this showed that this was an excursion that members would like to be offered again. The cost is $75 per person and is non-refundable. This needs to be paid to the Club in full to secure your seat. Hot tea & coffee will be provided, plus muffins / snacks. There is a maximum 10 people per trip. We will run 4 trips on the 25th and 26th March (morning and afternoon). At this stage there are some spare seats.

We will run another activity concurrently to round out the weekend. This will be a half day geological walk along “Big Gorge” which is 4km south of Normanville. It is a 3.5km return walk adjacent to the Yankalilla River, on the route of the historic coach road, and the path Colonel William Light walked during his first surveys. It is rated as an ‘easy walk’ and has many aspects, apart from the geology to observe along the way. The Big Gorge walk will be run on Saturday afternoon 1pm - 4pm and then again on Sunday morning 9am - 12pm (finishing a bit earlier if there are people who need to do the afternoon boat trip).
The other activity for the weekend is a visit to the Yankalilla Museum which has  diprotodon bone found in the local area.

We are delighted to offer our members exciting and varied excursions this year. There are two extended trips: Broken Hill in May and the Grampians in October. As well, there are two weekend trips. See the programme shown elsewhere in this bulletin. The outline of these extended trips is given below.

Because of the extensive pre-organisation and the booking of accommodation, it is important that, if you intend going on any of these, you sign up soon. You can do this from once you receive this bulletin and email me kymdixon1@bigpond.com or sign up at the forthcoming meeting on the 2nd February.

Kym Dixon


· Drive to BH Wednesday 10 May 2023
· Drive to Adelaide Monday 15 May
· 5 nights, 4 full days in BH

LEADERS – Contact Leaders for activities inquiries
· David Grybowski domgrzyb@hotmail.com
· Elizabeth Vines liz@mcdougallvines.com.au
· Mark Dale (Logistics and activities) strathdales@internode.on.net

· Limit of 36 participants – touring 4 days in BH in 3 x 12 person buses with volunteer drivers from the club
· Please commit to attending all activities and travelling on the buses
· Tour of current mining, historic mines and geological sites by David
· Tour of heritage and cultural buildings by Lizzie
· Visits to Geocentre, Miner’s Memorial, Day Dream Mine, Silverton, Living Sculptures, historical synagogue, historical mosque, Trades Hall, walking tour given by BH locals, presentation by mining and social locals, possibly a day trip to Mutawintji National Park for guided tour of Aboriginal art
· TRAVEL TO/FROM BH - Self-drive or club may run a 12 person bus from Adelaide if sufficient interest: see below
· ACCOMMODATION - Book your own: see below
· MEALS – Your own cost - make your own breakfast and packed lunches, most nights will be organised meals at different venues payment organised by club
· COSTS - Accommodation, your meals, club-organised meals, entrance fees, transportation in BH and to/from BH, your share of club costs to be estimated by late Feb · Participants must have use of an email address – all communications by email

ACCOMMODATION – Contact Bob Major for assistance
· Bob Major nahiraranibar@y7mail.com
· Book own accommodation at either BROKEN HILL TOURIST PARK, 142 Rakow Street (Barrier Highway), Broken Hill NSW 2880, located in the extreme northwest of town
o Phone (08) 8087 3841 Quote Field Geology Club of South Australia
o Ensuite cabins -double - $105/night
o Caravan and tent sites - powered -$46/ night, not powered -$35/night
· or STURT MOTEL, 153 Rakow Street, opposite (South of) Tourist Park. They are the same company, Phone (08) 8087 384, Quote Field Geology Club of South Australia, Double room $113/night, Double with Queen bed $137/night

TRANSPORT TO/FROM BH – Contact Betsy Hausner for assistance
· Betsy Hausner  bchalkhaus@bigpond.com
· Self-drive or if we get a quorum of interest, we may book a 12-person bus
· Declare yourself if you have a ride, need a ride, are willing to give rides and how many, or want to go on the bus - Betsy will help you get a ride

· Express your interest to Kym Dixon kymdixon1@bigpond.com or use the sign-up sheet at Meeting 2 February
· Sign-up period is two weeks after receiving your bulletin by email
· Your participation will be confirmed a few days after that. and a $100 deposit will be required within 2 weeks. If over-subscribed, there will be a waiting list.


This 6-day, 5-night excursion is in the planning stage, and we are asking members to register their interest in attending.

The Grampians are a spectacular area offering picturesque panoramas, abundant wildlife, native vegetation, and of course very interesting geology.

They are also a popular holiday destination, especially during Covid times and hence accommodation for a large group is difficult to secure, unless we make a group booking early.

We intend to stay at the Lake Fyans Holiday Park which has a variety of cabins and powered and unpowered camping sites. I particularly need to know how many cabins we need to prebook for the club at least six months beforehand (April 2023). You can visit Lake Fyans Holiday Park at :
Also, we may hire a mini bus for those who need transport if we can find a volunteer(s) to be the driver, who will travel free as an incentive.

So, if you are interested in attending this excursion, please email me. wpbriggs2@gmail.com indicating your accommodation and transport preference. More information will be provided in coming Bulletins.
Peter Briggs.